One example is this years Canadian Society of Landscape Architects National

One example is this years canadian society of

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One example is this year’s Canadian Society of Landscape Architects National Award Winner, Burnaby Mountain North East Secondary School. The project was developed and implemented with the participation of the Burnaby School Division and the Burnaby Mountain Parents Council. The playground is a sensitive and diverse environment composed of pockets of traditional activity based play areas within a larger park context. Natural play features include the salvage of old growth redwood forest, the creation of rock outcroppings, trails and vistas, and a stream which flows from higher elevations to a wetland habitat, complete with boardwalks, bridges and diverse aquatic wildlife. Children play here at recess, after school and on the weekends, alternating between the traditional play spaces and the natural environments depending on their mood, number, or the weather conditions. The best part, according to parents, is that the playground has an overall sense of place that draws the entire community to use it and thus take ownership of it. Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 30
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Winter Play & Playground Design Manitoba children spend over 80% of their school year in a cold, snow bound environment. Not surprisingly, the most noteworthy examples of and research on winter play are to be found in Winnipeg. Winter and Play is a research document analyzing children’s winter play activities in Winnipeg. Researched and written by Professor Charles Thomsen of the University of Manitoba as a Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation research project during the 1980s International Year of the Child, the document focuses on how winter can become a celebrated part of playground activity. Some of this project’s findings are described below. Children do not care that it is cold. They embrace the magic of the changing qualities of winter as it passes from first snow to spring slush with none of the disgruntlement of adults. Winter has its own landscape and landform qualities experienced through light, texture, colour, taste, smell and sound. Considerations for winter play should include the use of wind, snow, ice and sun as play elements. Wind can be used as a tool to create snow drifts, quiet places, sound barriers or carriers. It is an element to be moderated but not dispelled from winter play. Snow, with its many faces and textures, should be exploited for its malleable qualities to make sculptures, snowmen, slides, forts, mazes and caves. Snow manipulation allows children a sense of control. Well located snow piling will allow children this opportunity. The sun is an ever present source of delight during Manitoba winters. Using the sun with other components, designers can create microclimates and transform heat retaining materials such as wood, concrete and Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 31
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metal. Ice can also be used in many ways from activities such as skating on a flooded summer wading pool to temporary sculptures that stretch the imagination, such as ice formations that form winter wonderlands.
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