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.
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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.
It is always a pleasure to revisit a playground after a period of time has passed since installation – the trees have grown, the shrubs have filled in and some of the bark, originally left on a few pieces of the wood, has been peeled off as children explore the natural materials we’ve used. That’s ok! That’s a sign that the playground is loved and enjoyed (bark will eventually fall off anyway and clients know that!) Our playground carpenter, Dennis, was driving through Batawa and stopped to grab some photos.
On Saturday, the City of Kitchener celebrated Earth Day and the grand opening of the Natural Play Space at Huron Natural Area. Mayor Barry Vrbanovic and Councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock were on hand for the official ribbon cutting ceremony along with hundreds of families, enjoying the Earth Day celebrations. The play space, adjacent to a natural area and trails is used by the public as well as student and classes from local schools who will now have a new place to play! The playground incorporates both large and small log jam climbers as well as a hill slide, sand pit with water pump and plenty of seating.
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.
Earthscape was humbled and honoured to receive 12 Awards of Excellence at the Landscape Ontario Gala on January 12th. Nine awards were received for playground design and construction. Three awards were received for residential design and construction. Earthscape was the sole winner in the Commercial Design category for five different playground designs. With these awards, Earthscape has now received over 40 awards in ten years from Landscape Ontario.
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.
Earthscape is looking forward to attending the following upcoming events. Be sure to stop by and see us!
Date: October 21-24, 2016
Location: New Orleans, USA