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sports games, asphalt molded land waves, a landmark tower, an outdoor grill, a grassy jungle gym, an outdoor workshop, a games square, outdoor sitting nodes, a winter ice park / summer roller park and a meadow. Families use Nedre-Malm and Filipus Park at all times of day, throughout all seasons because the parks are so enjoyable to be in and use. Parents can come to these parks with their children knowing that, while they sit quietly in a grove, their children can swim, catch tadpoles, rollerblade, socialize and gain a sense of independence all within sight. These two connected play environments are successful due to the design objectives of Danish culture. Here, families play together as part of their regular routines. Perhaps the lesson to be learned here, is that multi-purpose play and leisure should be embraced by North Americans as an ongoing family adventure. As the saying goes, “families that play together, stay together”! Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 72
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Planning for Multipurpose Use in Parks & Playgrounds in Manitoba An integrated approach to planning is desirable for any community. Manitoba, with its large regional parks, is in a good position to develop parks and open spaces which provide activities, spaces and places for all family and community members. Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 73
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3.4 Innovative Playground Materials & Components The play environments, discussed in the previous section, are successful because of the attention to detail and materials in their design and implementation. Common to all these playgrounds are: a) Integration of manmade materials with natural features; and b) interconnected spaces. The shape, scale, colour, texture, sound and smell of the materials and components in the design work together to communicate the wonder and character of a place to children and adults alike. Materials Materials are the base elements of a playground. They can range from sand, gravel, rock, grass, shrubs, trees, perennials and water, to plastic, canvas, steel, copper, glass and rubber to be used in the creation of paths, nodes, seating areas, play surfaces, shade structures and play elements. It is the layout, design, mixing and articulation of the materials that creates special places in the playground. Basic Materials All playgrounds should be approached with consideration of the four basic elements – earth, air, fire and water – an expression of design and concern. Earth refers to materials used to shape and change the ground plane and topography of a playground. These materials can be mineral (stone, concrete) or vegetative (plants, groundcovers). Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 74
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Mineral: Manitoba has an abundance of materials such as: limestone, granite, sandstone, Red River clay, etc. Mineral materials can be selected for practical use, aesthetic properties and cultural values. They should be used appropriately for the conditions of the site. For example, a slab of limestone can have many uses depending on the design intent.
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