Nature Play Area


Planning for Nature Play At North Mountain Park

Nature Play Area constructionConstruction has begun on the new Nature Play Area at North Mountain Park.  Our contractor, Knife River Materials, is installing climbing structures, water channels, a sand play area, loose parts construction frames, and ADA accessible pathways and seating.  

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Community donations are still welcome and will be applied to the project's ongoing maintenance.  We will also need volunteers to help put the finishing touches on landscaping in the Play Area.

September 9, 2019 - Ashland Daily Tidings Article 
August 3, 2018 - News Release on Fundraising efforts!

Rough Design SketchClick this sketch
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.
Child's Nature Play Sketch
Read what others have to say about the project.
Check out these letters of support from:

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

How can you help with this exciting project?Child on a Log
This Nature Play Area won't succeed without community support.  We would love to have you involved.

  • Volunteer - Right now we need help with grant writing and fundraising.  In later stages, we might need help with everything from planting to construction and installation.  Fill out a volunteer application to get involved.
  • Donate - Individual community donations to this project are tax deductible, AND your support could help us leverage additional funding.  We also appreciate in-kind offers of labor, materials or expertise.   
  • Sponsor - Your support could be a great way to promote your business or organization.  Show our community how much you care about families and nature education.  A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available, and the final play area will incorporate sponsor visibility through signs and plaques.

Please call us at 541-488-6606,
or drop by the Center to discuss the possibilities.

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