Naturalizing the Playground

“When we first acquired this property, there were just three tennis courts, each fenced in with ten foot high chain link fences, for the children to play on.

We wanted to create a playground that would allow our children to experience nature as it used to be in this area, a habitat for many different creatures, from toads to frogs to insects and birds.”

-Imke Jorgensen
Grade Three Class Teacher
German & Gardening Teacher

Excerpt from The Lunchbag News, April 2010 edition

When we first acquired this property, there were just three tennis courts, each fenced in with ten foot high chain link fences, for the children to play on. Without any resources except our imagination to work with, a group of parents decided to take the fences down and turn the problem areas into assets, simply by moving the tennis court clay around in order to change the topography of the property.

We also decided to look into native plants, which are of course adapted to a multitude of natural environments and could be expected to survive (without watering) in the pockets of soil we were hoping to establish. Apart from changing the microclimate and introducing some shade, we also wanted to create a playground that would allow our children to experience nature as it used to be in this area, a habitat for many different creatures, from toads and frogs to insects and birds.

-Imke Jorgensen

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