The New NMP Nature Play Area
The Play area is currently open,
but the sandbox is closed due to COVID-19 Restrictions.
We have recently finished work on a new playground at North Mountain Park.
This playground encourages creative, adventurous play while protecting the wildlife habitat in the rest of the park. Kids can safely enjoy the climbing, water and sand play, and construction with loose parts. The play area also contains ADA accessible pathways and ample seating for families.
Still to come: Shelter building materials and more loose parts. (The willow tunnel will grow in slowly!)
Community donations are still welcome and will be applied to the project's ongoing maintenance. Donors will be acknowledged with a memorial brick at the play area's entrance.
We will also need volunteers to become Nature Play Area Hosts. Help us monitor and maintain a safe space for kids of all ages. This position would include light weeding, sweeping, resetting the shelter building area and returning Loose Parts to their shelves.
This project was only possible through immense community support! Over the last four years, this community mobilized $217,000 in support through the participation of community members, service clubs, private grants, public granting agencies, in-kind donations, local businesses, and numerous skilled volunteers. In the end, the playground construction came in $800 under budget. WE COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU!
September 9, 2019 - Ashland Daily Tidings Article
August 3, 2018 - News Release on Fundraising efforts!
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.
Check out these letters of support from:
Please call us at 541.488.6606,
or drop by the Center to discuss the possibilities.
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