Pacific Heights Co-op Playground

Location: Pacific Street
Partners: Sholto Design Studio
Sponsors: ING Direct
Completion: August 2012

The Pacific Heights Housing Co-Op board approached Projects in Place with an exciting task: to bring new life to their existing playground and make it more inviting.

The existing playground is part of an award-winning project, where eight heritage homes were restored and a courtyard and a seven-storey apartment building were added in 1986. After evaluating the site and talking to the residents, we realized we had an opportunity to envision an area for interpretative play, allowing us to create a place for all residents to use regardless of their age, and hopefully adding to the richness of their community. By interpretive play we mean creating not a play area, but an area for all, where kids could also be creative and invent their own play opportunities.

The design consists of a planting area, with herbs and native plants, a small “creek” where kids can play with water, and an “art zone” with wooden art sticks over a mounded area, where they can play hide and-seek and run around them. A seating area with benches and stepping boulders complements the project as well as the new planters for the existing trees.

More than 40 volunteers participated in the design, planning and construction of the project in August 2012. The Pacific Heights Housing Co-Op is a great example of a successful project thanks to the involvement of the community.

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"Their passion and enthusiasm around helping us achieve our goals for a comprehensive outdoor education space was outstanding."

Erika Finlay, Development Department - Science World