Client: City of Guelph
Collaboration: MHBC Planning Urban Design & Landscape Architecture
Completion Date: 2018
Location: Guelph, Ontario
Construction Budget: $100,000 – $250,000
Riverside Park is a landmark attraction in the City of Guelph, hosting large city-wide events throughout the year. Inspiration for this themed destination playground was taken from the adjacent Speed River. The new playground has a unique personality and show stopping playable sculptures that have quickly become favorite play features for Guelph children.
A large water-strider attracts older children who are drawn to climb through and along ropes, logs, and nets to reach the top of the strider body that was hand carved by local artists. A quick escape route is possible from the top of the body down the sliding metal rails. Nearby, a large mouth bass sculpture swims through the river that is outlined in blue rubber surfacing. The fish is a fun and simpler climber for children though it still offers challenge with irregular hand holds and a curved surface. Inside the fish, children have a great hiding spot for hide-and-seek or a fun place to hang with friends.
For young children, a small embankment slide allows children to develop their gross motor skills while experiencing topographical changes running up and down the gentle slope and navigating among the log reeds.