Jamie Bell Playground, Toronto Ontario, Leathers and Associates, 1998


As anticipated from the previous post, there wasn’t much going on in Toronto playground-wise. Reader Jenny did send me a recommendation for the Jamie Bell playground in High Park, however, which is the work of Leathers and Associates out of New York, and about whom I’ve been meaning to post about for some time.
They were an early adopter of the community-build concept (as early as 1971), and have constructed nearly 2000 custom playgrounds, mostly of wood. Their extensive use of pyramidal spires makes their work very recognizable. At Jamie Bell the artwork was carried out by children and grown-up volunteers to celebrate area history and culture.
The conference I was attending regrettably didn’t have time slots for playground visits, so photos are via flickr, by grant macdonald and tomtec.

2 Responses to “Jamie Bell Playground, Toronto Ontario, Leathers and Associates, 1998”

  1. miracleplaysystems said:

    This playground has some serious craftmanship to it! The detailing is so ornate, I imagine it took quite the designer to come up with such a great perspective on the playground. What a park!

    July 09, 2009 at 10:34 pm

  2. Michelle said:

    Wow, a gothic playground! Beautiful!

    July 08, 2009 at 9:34 pm

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