In a world where kids barely go outside and screen time rules, we definitely need more city parks. Luckily, a stellar new play environment is set to open this week in Richmond, British Columbia. Noted for being “a place for off-leash kids,” the Terre Nova Adventure Play Environment has perks and design savvy elements that are sorely lacking from most parks today. Keep reading to learn more about this awesome playground destination.
The new Terra Nova park was built on one hectare of land bordering both a bird sanctuary and the Pacific Ocean. The park has lovely meadows, hills and a play structure environment made with natural materials.
The City of Richmond chose Hapa Architecture to design the Terra Nova playground, based on the firm’s previous successes building innovative play structures. Hapa notes, “Located on a Middle Arm of the Fraser River, the Terra Nova landscape represents a myriad of landscape types: intertidal foreshore, dikes, remnant sloughs, and past and present agricultural use. The end result: a park that responds to its setting, its constituents, and the ‘imperfect grid’ formal language of Terra Nova.”
The playground’s structures include an incredible spiral slide, a tall climbing treehouse, meadow maze, zip line, and a “log jam” climbing structure.
A Community Park
The community played an integral role in helping to design the park. Hapa and the city asked children from local schools for thoughts on their ideal play areas when it came to the design of the playground.
Free Range Play
Terra Nova is designed to encourage kids to explore and keep active. Additionally, its natural setting allows kids to experience a safe and fun outdoor adventure. More imaginative than the typical cookie cutter, mostly plastic playgrounds we’re so used to seeing, Terra Nova is a beautiful playful extension of the great outdoors.
$1 Million Park
The playground has been in the works since 2012, and is not yet quite completed. At a whopping cost of $1 million, this playground has been a huge ongoing project for the city of Richmond. “In the last three years, civic politicians have approved a total of $2.2 million in spending for the play environment and supporting features, including $650,000 this year for washrooms and landscaping,” notes the Richmond Review.
The park’s official opening event is scheduled for Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 11 am to 1 pm.