We are developing a new Nature Play Area at North Mountain Park. Right now, we are initiating a contract with Knife River Materials to construct the Play Area before the end of the year. Community donations are still welcome and will be applied to the project's ongoing maintenance.
September 9, 2019 - Ashland Daily Tidings Article
August 3, 2018 - News Release on Fundraising efforts!
Click this sketch
and TAKE A PEEK...
at a design we can all get behind!
In the proposed play area, children of visiting families will have the opportunity to exercise free-play learning by manipulating natural materials. Using a ground water pump, children will explore water resources and watersheds in a sand-play area. Through log-balancing, crawling, climbing and shelter building, children will discover the many imaginative possibilities inherent in natural materials.
The whole community will benefit as we work to increase nature play experiences for people of all ages. Southern Oregon deserves a play-space where children can explore nature in an environment which is comfortable to parents and minimally-disturbing to existing habitat.
What is a Nature Play Area?
Can't quite picture what we're talking about? Click the link above to check out a collage of natural structures and components we would like to see in the final design
Where will the new Play Area be located?
Click the link above for a map of the park and a rough mock up of the design.
Why should our community prioritize Nature Play?
Click the link above for a concise summary of the Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature.
Read what others have to say about the project.
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When can we expect construction?
If we can secure sufficient grant funding, initial construction will begin in Spring 2019.
Can the public provide input?
Our "Planning for Nature Play" Community Meeting was a huge success on October 18, 2017. Thank you to the citizens of all ages who attended and offered their comments and votes. If you have questions or ideas, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
How can you help with this exciting project?
This Nature Play Area won't succeed without community support. We would love to have you involved.