The sun is peeking out. The last miniature icebergs of snow are melting away. In case you lost touch during your winter hibernation, here’s a guide to our 4 favourite natural playgrounds across Canada, from East to West. All of these playgrounds have been artfully crafted by earthscape, a landscape architecture firm that design and build incredible custom playgrounds that open children’s imaginations.
Halifax - Dingle Park (Sir Sandford Fleming Park)
Drawing inspiration from the rich history of the surrounding landscape, Dingle Park aka Sir Sandford Fleming Park, combines the unique cultural heritage of the park with exciting play environments that provide challenge, graduated risk, and opportunities for both social and sensory play.
Toronto - Art Gallery of Ontario
Nestled behind the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), the playground represents elements of an artist’s studio. The north playground features climbing structures that represent a spilled paint can and crumpled paper. The south playground, in an equal state of disarray offers a colourful artist’s pallet alongside pencils and a squished paint tube.
Calgary - Confederation Park
Confederation Park was created to celebrate Canada’s Centennial in 1967. As one of Calgary’s significant cultural landscapes, a new playground was designed to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, featuring a large tipped over Voyageur canoe sculpture. Children can let their imagination run wild as they climb over and under the sculpture that appears to be beached, resting on a large boulder.
Vancouver - Creekside Park
Creekside Park is located adjacent to the geodesic dome of BC’s Science Centre on the shore of False Creek in downtown Vancouver. Accessed via net climbers, angled log timbers, or notched robinia, children will escape down the stainless steel tube slide. A play hut with picnic seating for little ones is adjacent to the water play zone.