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In an effort to accommodate the variety of requests by the community, the space needed to be designed very carefully. The following neighborhood concerns were critical to the spatial planning of the playground: keeping as many trees as possible, including a sand play element, maintaining an aesthetic of ‘natural materials’, creating a seating area under the trees to accommodate small neighborhood events/parties, including swings for both older and younger kids, including a perimeter path for tricycle riding, including a small plaza along Holland Street. Based on these directives from the community, the design team presented play ground equipment options, including those with more modern appearance that have a higher level of risk available for older kids.
While certainly there are some children, like this resident’s five year old, that are physically adept and can ‘master’ the basic play structure elements easily, there are other children who will find the same elements challenging. In some cases, it becomes the challenge of the more advanced children to continue to create opportunity for mastery in new and innovative ways. Not every park can be all things to all people. In the case of Hodgkins-Curtin, the City believes that we have created the most dynamic environment possible, given the constraints of the site.