It’s great to see so many communities moving away from traditional playground equipment and embracing new ways to get kids active. Flying down the zip line or swinging with a basket of friends are just some of the memories being made in these unique place spaces. Creekside Park by Science World and the soon-to-be-opened Rochester Park in Coquitlam are two of the latest parks offering an extraordinary play experience.
Catch a glimpse of the Creekside Park in action here .
The Kraft Heinz Project Play competition is on! This fund helps to build better places to play in communities across Canada. The Grand Prize winner receives $250,000 towards a recreational facility upgrade and the three finalists each receive $20,000. In 2013, the Invermere Rotary Club won $25,000 for their new spray park. Not only did Invermere receive a cheque for $25,000, but they also hosted the TSN crew members for a live broadcast and received $5,000 from former Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Brett Wilson. The spray park was opened in 2015 and is one of the busiest water parks in the region.
What are you waiting for? Nominate your community project today!
Waterplay® Solutions is excited to announce its Activity Towers product line was named a Most Valuable Product (MVP) by Aquatics International Magazine. Part of Waterplay’s new generation of product solutions released in 2016, Activity Towers is an innovative system of elevated play structures that create an exciting aquatic adventure for the whole family.
Featuring an adaptable footprint, Activity Towers take water play to new heights in any space—from a zero-depth splash pad to an aquatic pool. Its modular system of activity pods, slide flumes and a full range of spray features create an immersive attraction packed with interactive functionality. Spacious play decks, ADA compliant entries and dynamic spray effects both on and around the tower prioritize inclusive play experiences to ensure every user gets to have fun at their own level.
If you are planning a road trip with the kids this summer we highly recommend the “Artists at Play” Playground in the heart of the Seattle Center. The play space was designed for children of all ages and challenges a multitude of senses. The park includes a 30-foot KOMPAN climbing tower and so many other unique activities that are sure to “wow” you.
The interactive musical instruments within the park were created by world famous sound inventor Trimpin. He created a multitude of activities that are incredibly brilliant: bronze plates that play notes when children throw stones at them; a fence that plays notes and looks similar to a vertical xylophone; a letter tree that sings when someone turns the handle; and chimes that play when children swing.
The place space was designed to be accessible for people of all ages and abilities. KOMPAN’S smaller climbing structure mimics the larger one but is designed for toddlers and preschoolers so everyone can be a part of the fun.
It’s well worth a trip to Seattle just to see this park!
Penzer Action Park in Langley is set to become a Canadian first as they bring extreme sports to the neighbourhood. Parkour, skateboarding, rock climbing, are just some of the adventure activities being offered at this public park. Around the world, adventure sports are growing in popularity. Young people today are looking for new ways to keep active and the City of Langley has designed a space that will offer a multitude of risky outdoor play opportunities. According to UBC Professor Mariana Brussoni, that’s just what the youth of today need.
“We found that play environments where children could take risks promoted increased play time, social interactions, creativity, and resilience. These positive results reflect the importance of supporting children’s risky outdoor play opportunities as a means of promoting children’s health and active lifestyles.”
Aside from a 10,000 sq. ft. parkour park (see live footage), Penzer Action Park features KOMPAN Freegame, a multi-purpose sports plaza that accommodates several sports, including basketball, lacrosse, ball hockey and soccer.
Skateboarders get to test their skills on the new “pump track” while the Nature Play park lets younger children climb, hop, and swing from boulder to boulder and log to log. Every age and every ability will benefit from the adventure fun at Penzer Park.
The park opened on June 29 and is located at 198C Street, south of 48 Avenue.