Garden City Park, Richmond Canada, space2place, 2008

This is my new favorite playground…it has all the things I like to see.

A creek bed, water play, jumping stones, an outdoor theatre, natural wood and rocks to climb on, plenty of sand…and colored poles stuck in the ground for kids to play tag through are a personal favorite design feature.
from an article in the Vancouver Sun on the playscape:
“…it brings to the surface an underground storm water system, and then spirals the water through unusual channels and man-made structures–including a manouverable sluice, hand-pump and water wheel…”
Oooh, hydraulics!
“Unusual plants — seed heads and grases in ‘weird and wonderful shapes and colours’ — add novelty and texture…”
I’m so pleased, too, to see the inclusion of a skateboarding step for teens! It seems that they are often actively shunned from playgrounds now, when they are hardly beyond childhood themselves in many ways. I sometimes teach college freshmen, and believe me, they could be twelve.
A superb design by space2place of Vancouver…many thanks to principal J Cutler for providing plenty of photos.

3 Responses to “Garden City Park, Richmond Canada, space2place, 2008”

  1. architecteur said:

    Now i think you’re missing one thing, the cableway! Cableways rule the playgrund scene, i think you could even hurt yourself riding one!

    Realy nice subject for a blog, check out mine and tell me what you think of the post “Playgrounds – nests of sin or lairs of thievery”

    /Mats

    September 26, 2008 at 7:52 pm

  2. daizyblue said:

    wow…your blog has inspired me to create something wonderful in my backyard over here in big sky country…my husband is an artist and woodworker, i am enthusiastic, and my little girls play, play, play…what more do you need?

    thank you

    September 25, 2008 at 4:42 pm

  3. DK said:

    AWESOME!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 1:17 pm

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