The Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre in the Township of Langley, British Columbia is a hub of recreational activity for the community. The centre includes an outdoor aquatic facility that will be open year-round. A beach themed playground was designed to compliment the centre’s unique amenities.The playground is eye-catching because of the height of the structures and the colourful scheme of the lifeguard towers. Three inter-connected towers draw children to heights where they can experience stunning views of the city and the surrounding mountains.
The tallest tower has three levels and an escape route down a 5.4m tube slide. If children aren’t ready to leave the structure, they can navigate through a net bridge to a second lifeguard tower. Both towers are enhanced with decorative elements that add to the beach theme including a lifeguard ring and surfboard. A log tower with a third slide connects to the largest lifeguard tower and then to the rest of the space via log beams and rope connections.
The surface of the play space is sculpted to represent waves and sand dunes, complete with wooden surfboards on the waves. Seating and trees are strategically designed along the perimeter of the play space to offer a place for rest and observation that will eventually be shaded by the tree canopy.