PLAYGROUND DESIGN & BUILD
Earthscape is an award winning design build playground firm based in Elmira, Ontario, Canada. We specialize in the architecture, site design and construction of custom natural playgrounds. Our goal is encourage children to escape outdoors by combining cutting edge play and design theories to create plays environments that inspire awe in children and adults . Our designs incorporate a combination of natural elements and artistic play sculpture that stimulate both body and imagination. By doing so we hope to provide children with a holistic play experience that is too often lacking from modern urban lifestyles.
Design is at the center of what we do, but it’s only half of who we are. Once the designs are complete we bring them to life with specialized carpentry and construction knowledge. Working on a project from design to installation empowers us to provide nothing but the highest quality playgrounds. That’s because we design playgrounds that are tailored to our construction techniques and because our designers are involved through the building and installation process to ensure that your dream comes true. We are a commercial playground company focusing our work with daycare, childcare, landscape architects, city park playgrounds and municipal parks, as well as schools and other commercial playground work.
When you think about your favourite childhood play experience, what comes to mind? Perhaps you remember collecting sticks in the woods? Or maybe it was family time at a beach, hiking in a local park or digging for bugs in the garden? Suffice it to say that some or most of those memories involve the outdoors; that is because simply being outside, with the freedom to explore and discover, is formative for children. They need unstructured experiences where they can investigate, create, test and imagine. They are fascinated by the natural world: climbing trees, whistling in blades of grass, making dandelion necklaces and running down hills. Unfortunately, increasingly sedentary lifestyles are contributing to a generation of children who lack opportunities for this type of play.
We are a natural playground company, but what is a natural playground? Well, they authentically connect children to nature by offering environments made of wooden logs, grass, rocks, pathways, trees, plants, water and sand. These play spaces mimic play by providing similar sensory experiences. Most importantly, they encourage children to use their imaginations, get dirty, take risks and surprise their senses. They invite children to run, climb, dig, pretend, learn and hide, while also offering opportunities to sit quietly and reflect.
As a custom playground company, all of our sites are entirely unique. No two are identical. If you have playground you want to develop or redevelop, consider making it a naturalized environment and incorporating some of the elements mentioned here. The goal is to create a meaningful, natural spaces where children are stimulated by nature, colours, themes, water and structures that inspire creativity and fantasy.
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