The Dundas site for Today’s Family Early Learning and Child Care centre received grant funding toward outdoor playground improvements but with a possible site relocation on the horizon, they needed a play structure that could be moved when the time comes.
Our typical approach to playground design incorporates a wholistic site approach as opposed to focusing on singular play structures so a unique challenge was presented. Additionally, the Centre wanted to ensure that the eventual playground design was inclusive of all children with varying levels of ability.
Earthscape’s proposal to meet the needs of the Dundas site included two custom play houses that reflect the Victorian architecture of the surrounding neighbourhood.
Not wanting to occupy the space and budget with a traditional ramp that offers little play value, Earthscape designed the elevated Preschool play house to be partially embedded in a sodded berm. The berm and partial ramp each make up about half of the required grade change. An integrated climbing wall adds innovative play value to the ramp structure. A stacked timber climber, chalk board and stage, and a potting bench complete the playground.
Paint and woodworking details add warmth, meaning and personalization to the play huts. Children love the small mail slot and potting bench that are familiar home features.