Completed in two phases, this natural playground equipment at a public school in Waterloo was designed over multiple areas for Kindergarten students as well as for older students. Students at this school are known as “Millen Woods Mariners” which informed the theme for the older children’s play area which centres around a custom-built climbable structure resembling a sunken Viking ship. The climber offers older children an opportunity to exercise their imaginations as well as their bodies. Planter gardens and a stage were constructed in the shape of a compass rose, the school symbol, pointing to the four cardinal directions to create an outdoor classroom.
In the Kindergarten/Primary area, a magnificent butterfly climber with slide, log caterpillar and inchworm alludes to the process of metamorphosis. The story tree hill with armour stone rock seating gives an elevation change while providing a space for passive play. The hill and play area also solved a major drainage problem. Horse trough sandboxes were used to define the physical boundary of the Kindergarten play zone and provide a small zone for sand play.