The Village of Batawa in Quinte West wanted to create a natural playground that would not only offer high play value but also reflect local history and site context. With this in mind Earthscape took to the drawing board. With a large space to work with, the playground design was divided into a number of semi-distinct circular areas with connecting pathways and seating.
The junior area, designed for ages 2 to 5 includes a play hut, a small embankment slide and a fallen log climber. A multi-event stilts climber and limestone boulders offer seating and play space that can be used by children or adults.
In the senior area, a large log jam® with a slide and climbing net dominates the space. It attracts older children who are keen to explore the heights and angles of the log timbers. A large hill slide was installed on a man-made berm that mimics the nearby ski hill. A horizontal log-climbing wall is included and edging ensures the separation of materials. Between these two feature areas a water play opportunity is presented, a concrete runnel in the shape of the Trent Severn waterway is set into a large sand play area. The runel includes weirs to represent the lock system and is surrounded by seating logs and boulders.
Moving further into the site the user is presented with a dual swing bay that includes an accessible basket swing. Continuing into the site exposes an adventure hill slide, a limestone boulder maze and a zipline. Earthscape took inspiration from local topography and included it in the planning of the site’s terrain.