Kingsway College School spearheaded the redevelopment of the playground at Humbertown park in Toronto. Their goal was to create a high-challenge and ninja-course-inspired playground. The new playscape encourages unstructured and unprescribed play for their own students, as well as the families who live in the neighbourhood.
In collaboration with Seferian Design, the site was re-graded to enlarge and level out the available playground space while also creating a stone seating and retaining wall from which to observe soccer games on the lower pitch.
The playground’s main focal point are two conjoined towers that, from some vantage points, appear as mirror images of each other. The towers are jam-packed with interior play opportunities and options for entry and exit. Connected by angled ropes and stainless-steel bars, children can climb from one tower to the other at different heights and on different materials. The towers have climbing holds around their exteriors as well as nets, flex form webs and suspended platforms on the inside. The “play guts” of the tower are intended to create space for active play as well as for passive play where children can hang out and catch their breath.
The playscape also includes a large log jam™ which is functionally linked to the towers and features climbing nets and sliding rails. The site re-grading enabled the creation of a hill slide made more interesting and challenging by the addition of undulations in the poured-in-place rubber surface that will hold up well under the constant tread of children’s feet.
Carved patterns in the robinia posts create a sensory touch experience as well as visual interest and artistic expression. Overlapping fallen log timbers challenge balance skills.
There is enormous opportunity for play at many levels of difficulty throughout the playground, creating an inclusive environment for children and adults of different ages and abilities.