Natural Play Areas

Do you see what I see?  Something hiding among the thick vegetation.  Ah!  There it is!  Construction has officially begun at LandCurrent’s latest project, fondly referred to as Prado Parrilla, in the South Hills of Eugene.  Inspired by the homeowner’s Brazilian influence, Prado refers to the expansive, central meadow design, and Parrilla gives homage to the fabulous outdoor grill that will bring so much energy into this open, lively space.  So exciting!  As you can see, work on the sloping terrain is beginning the transformation.  At the cornice, a delightful artificial turf  slope, sized just right for a young, energetic slider, is a top priority.  Rather than selecting typical playground fare, this no-maintenance, perpetually verdant surface will allow for a variety of play options in an open, naturalistic meadow.  We anticipate this being one of the site’s most heavily-used features.  The more, the better, we say.  (lz)

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Ontario award for Natural Playground designed by LandCurrent.

by Anita Van Asperdt May 19, 2014 Natural Play Areas
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  Landscape Ontario Awards of Excellence 2014 has awarded Earthscape in the Special Interest Construction category for the Natural Play and Discovery Environment at the Ottawa Montessori School. Designed by Landcurrent, this unique natural playscape provides a variety of play opportunities that enrich the lives of the children who attend the Montessori school. Recess will never be the […]

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Natural Playgrounds in the Netherlands: Speeldernis

by Anita Van Asperdt April 8, 2014 Natural Play Areas
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Anita Van Asperdt is a Dutch landscape architect who graduated from Larenstein College. After her graduation, she moved to the United States, where she completed her studies at the University of Oregon and raised her two children. In her spare time, she goes on hikes and backpacking trips with her family. She has worked as […]

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Everyone happy at the nature play area at the Ottawa Montessori School

by Anita Van Asperdt November 19, 2013 Innovative Playground Design
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  The playground committee “Green Peas” at the Ottawa Montessori School passed along some delightful thank you notes from the children.  These are truly inspiring words from the kids, and of course we love the artwork. School staff emailed us that “the children in the elementary yard are far more active than they were in […]

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The Oregon Nature Play Initiative or ONPLAY enters its third year

by Anita Van Asperdt November 9, 2013 Natural Play Areas
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A brief history: The Oregon Nature Play Initiative or ONPLAY had its roots at a Natural Play Areas workshop in March of 2010 organized by the Oregon Recreation and Park Association (ORPA) and the Oregon Park and Recreation Department (OPRD). Anita Van Asperdt of LandCurrent was one of the presenters along with various other people […]

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Natural Play Areas are emerging as an important need in Oregon

by Anita Van Asperdt October 1, 2012 Natural Play Areas
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Every five years the state of Oregon has a survey conducted to determine statewide outdoor recreation needs. In the most recent survey people were asked for the first time about their need for Nature Play Areas. The results show that Nature Play Areas in the top five recreation needs within Oregon’s Urban Growth Boundaries (UGB). […]

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Steering Wheel on Post

by admin June 23, 2011 Natural Play Areas
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The other day a playground equipment rep was trying to convince our Portland natural playground designer to buy a steering wheel on a post. As with anything on a playground of which there is only one kids will start fighting over it. We designed a solution for this issue; why not have a landscape with […]

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Oregon Nature Play

by admin June 8, 2011 Natural Play Areas
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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 […]

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Kids Dig Dirt

by admin June 5, 2011 Innovative Playground Design
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I recently re-visited a natural playground designed by LandCurrent for infants and toddlers in Salem, Oregon. The play area was going to be visited by a Training Specialist from Zero to Three (R), who is writing a technical report for the Early Head Start National Resource Center. Her visit was the reason I wanted to […]

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LandCurrent’s Designer Catherine Davis now Certified Playground Inspector

by admin May 24, 2011 Innovative Playground Design
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LandCurrent’s Catherine (Kitty) Davis passed the Playground Safety Inspector Exam with a very high score. Congratulations Kitty! LandCurrent is now offering Playground Safety Inspections in Oregon, Washington and California. We are especially interested in helping out with playgrounds that have natural playground components or are otherwise innovative.

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