This school playground is aimed at young children, offering an exciting environment with plenty of sensory stimulation packed into a very small space. Nature is everywhere in this playground. A series of “pavers” were made from fallen eucalyptus tree rounds. A woven willow playhouse provides a fun hideout in the middle of the playground, with windows to peek out of. A “forest” of recycled cardboard tubes allow children to manipulate their environment. This way, the playground offers up a new adventure every single day! The plants used in this design are drought-tolerant, and the materials are mainly natural, biodegradable, and reclaimed. This is a great precedent to look at to get ideas for low-cost ways to make the play environment a truly unique experience.
Location: San Francisco, California
Landscape Architect: Surface Design, Inc.
Completion Date: 2010
Client: Cow Hollow School
Materials: Grass, concrete, wood, plastic pipe
- Grass mound
- Small net climber
- Echo tube
- “nest” structure