On September 28th during their recent visit to Canada, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Princess Catherine, spent part of an afternoon in Carcross, Yukon. Their visit allowed them to meet members of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation and to learn about recent economic development projects aimed at attracting tourists to the scenic area. They were entertained by the children of Carcross who performed a “Raven Dance” in the centre of Carcross Commons with the playground recently completed by Earthscape as the backdrop to the event. After the performance, Will and Kate engaged with the children who had performed for them. The children were thrilled to show the Prince and Princess their new playscape as they scrambled up the log steppers into the playground tower.
Photo Credit: Twitter @byEmilyAndrews
The playspace at Carcross Commons brings together the vision of the Tagish First Nation community, the vast histories of the land, and research on children’s play experiences. It is an additional feature and attraction for children in this distinct and stunning landscape. Inspiration for the playground was drawn from local history, major landmarks and First Nations creation stories.
On April 7th at the annual conference for Parks and Recreation Ontario, Preston Stringer of Earthscape and Heather Flaherty of the City of Guelph, proudly accepted a 2016 Excellence in Design Award for the Exhibition Park Playground.
The following was read aloud at the Gala Award Ceremony when the award was presented:
“Play might be seen as something of the past… and risky play all but forgotten. But not in Guelph. Inspired by European design, Guelph has created the Exhibition Park Playground, an aesthetically pleasing, challenging yet safe, and – perhaps best of all – all ages friendly play space! The design creates opportunities over multiple zones for different age groups and abilities. Play areas feature different media, such as wood, ropes, nets and boulders, meeting at varying angles and heights which test an individual’s developing abilities. The play structures blend with the surroundings of sand, trees and grass to create a real sense of playing in nature. Parent Ellyn Lusis says ‘Parents have places to sit and watch, and kids no longer need their parents to help them onto equipment. The kids are thrilled to challenge themselves and, each time I visit, I hear some child call out to their parent ‘look at me’. And teens aren’t left out of this either as they are often found challenging their abilities too. Risky play… it could make you want to wish you grew up in Guelph…”
Read the City of Guelph’s Media Release here.
Construction of Slide Hill has now begun on Governors Island in New York City with work expected to continue through to January 2016. Slide Hill will have a view to the Statue of Liberty and is one of several hills on the Island that will provide a stunning view of the New York City skyline. Master planned by West8, Earthscape is a design/build partner for the Slide Hill alongside General Contractor ValleyCrest and Engineering firm Stantec Consulting. For more information on the project, click here.
One of Canada’s most unique playground designs has been released for Grange Park, adjacent to the Art Gallery of Ontario. In homage to the neighbouring AGO, the playground represents elements of an artist’s studio at the moment they are interrupted from work.
With funding from the AGO, the City of Toronto and private donors, the Prime Consultant and Lead Designer (park and playground) is PFS Studio, working with local Landscape Architect thinc design, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and Earthscape (playground structures design-build).
The north playground features climbing structures that represent a spilled paint can and crumpled paper. The south playground, in an equal state of disarray, offers a colourful artist’s pallet alongside pencils and a squished paint tube. The art-themed playground was designed to offer the highest play value and inspire creativity. It will be a new urban landmark destination for Toronto’s children and visitors.
A custom brook trout playground sculpture is now complete and will be swimming off to Nobleton, Ontario at Metrus Community Park in King City. We managed to save Josh and his canoe before the truck hauled it out of the workshop. The design for Metrus Park was done in collaboration with thinc design and King Township – Parks, Recreation and Culture. For more information and the full park design, click here.
The Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre playground is set to open November 23, 2015. This therapeutic and accessible playground is a part of McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton and was designed in collaboration with Vertechs Designs of Toronto. The playground is designed to be used by children under the care of the multi-disciplinary team of specialists at the Centre. Themed to represent the City of Hamilton, playground elements represent the colourful trees of Cootes Paradise, steel smoke stacks and iconic bridges. For more photos and information, click here.
Earthscape is looking forward to attending the following upcoming events. Be sure to stop by and see us!
Date: October 19-22, 2018
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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