I am excited to announce being part of the core team of the Oregon Nature Play Initiative – “On Play”. Today we had our third meeting in Portland Oregon. As a Landscape Architect and Natural Playground Designer I feel this group will provide tremendous benefits in promoting the development of natural playgrounds in Oregon.
As a group we will examine some natural playground precedent sites in Oregon and Washington. A key aspect that the group will look into is the application of safety and risk management to natural play areas. LandCurrent’s Catherine (Kitty) Davis who just became certified as a public playground safety inspector will be part of this effort, along with Ken Kutska who is a CPSI Trainer as well as landscape architect and CPSI Michelle Mathis. Other focus areas include the benefits of nature play, type of nature play elements and activities, providing accessible natural play (beyond ADA) and maintenance of natural playgrounds.