Earthscape is a playground design and build firm based in Elmira Ontario with a location in Toronto. We aim to construct playgrounds that expand children’s imaginations, stimulate all five senses, and focus on passive, imaginative and physical play. Our play spaces are site specific, child focused and consider the specific usage of each play area. We offer diverse playground solutions using various natural materials and recycled elements such as natural stone, wood, water, re-purposed materials and horticulture. Our main focus is on natural elements, high play value and good design.
Playgrounds are intended to provide children of all ages an opportunity to develop motor skills and to challenge their physical conditioning as well as their imagination. Each of our custom play structures are designed to be unique and to promote a high level of exploration, activity, and climbing. By building custom play structures, we are able to provide active play opportunities while creating a setting conducive to narrative play and unstructured creative play.
We provide: Playground Design and Construction, Bespoke Playable Sculptures, Municipal Park Design and Build, Outdoor Learning Spaces, Greening Projects, Sound and Water Features, Community Engagement, Playground Safety
A key purpose of our playgrounds is to bring children in contact with nature. Children at all levels need more outdoor experiences for the good of their physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. There are many reasons contributing to a decrease in time spent playing outdoors, we want to be a part of changing that.
We understand that a more natural environment is the perfect place to encourage a child’s sense of discovery and learning. By creating natural areas of active and passive play, children are encouraged to interact with nature and discover what’s around them.
Visit our Educational section to find some great resources on natural play.
Some of the principal functions of a playground are to provide children with an opportunity to develop motor skills and to challenge their physical conditioning. Our playscapes are designed to incorporate natural and build elements that increase opportunity for a wide variety of play. With this in mind, one of our goals is to create interesting and unique play structures that promote a high level of exploration, activity and climbing. By building playable sculptures, we are able to provide active play opportunities while creating a setting conducive to both narrative play and unstructured creative play.
We want to provide a space where children are stimulated by colours, themes and structures that inspire creativity and fantasy. Likewise, we want to provide graduated physical challenges by building play structures that promote a high level of exploration, activity and climbing. In a playground with graduated challenges, young children are driven and inspired by watching the skills of the older ones, who are in turn driven by advancing their own performance. Play falls into numerous categories including:
At Earthscape, we believe that a playground design should have a child-focused approach, incorporating the 5 senses, and the different types of play for each child to embark upon. Some children enjoy passive, imaginative play, while others love to balance, swing, jump and climb their way around the playground. Through good design, a playground can establish itself as a safe, fun place to learn, play and engage with others on a daily basis.
Successful designs rely heavily on a thorough understanding of the existing site conditions and how they will interact with future playground installations. An inventory and analysis of both the physical characteristics of the space as well as the social context is important. Some of the relevant issues are:
All of our playgrounds follow the Canadian playground safety standard CSA- Z614-14. Our concept designs are reviewed by our Canadian Certified Playground Inspector prior to presenting the design to our clients. In addition our design staff are trained to understand best practice techniques of playground construction and to recognize the potential pitfalls of playground design.
We believe in the use of locally sourced renewable materials: Ontario grown and processed Tamarack, and Eastern White Cedar, both of which exhibit natural decay resistance and good dimensional stability. Our logs have a lifespan of over 20 years in contact with ground, and double when suspended from a frame. When possible we use material diverted from waste stream, as well as recycled material: old doors, used tractor tires, recycled rubber products. Likewise, we source and install material diverted from low value uses: Large diameter hardwood tree stumps, and downed trees.
by Evergreen and TDSB
by Helle Nebelong
by Waterloo Region
by Play England
by Shira Standfield
by Hammerhead Stoneworks
by World Forum Foundation
2014 Private Residential Design 2500 to 5000 sq ft
2014 Private Residential Design 2500 to 5000 sq ft
2010 Residential Construction – Rooftop Garden
2010 Special Interest Construction
2010 Private Residential Design 2500 – 5000 sq ft
2009 Special Interest Construction
2009 Perennial Garden Construction
2009 Special Interest Construction – Stone Ruin
2005 Special Interest Construction
2005 Residential Construction under $10,000
From The Record
When you think of a playground, what do you imagine? A swing set, a slide, a jungle gym? Now let that imagination roam further. Caves and tunnels. Musical instruments. Hills and water features.
From The Record
Each one of the display gardens is unique. In addition to being visually appealing, many incorporate practical uses, especially where space is limited and different needs must be provided for, but a dinosaur preserve? I have enough trouble dealing with rabbits, let alone a clomping great brontosaurus.
From The Waterloo Chronicle
It was the last day of school in June 2012 and the children at the Albert Street housing complex in Waterloo returned home to find their play space condemned and torn down due to safety reasons.
From The Elmira Independent
Earthscape, a Wallenstein-based landscaping and playground design firm, has earned seven awards at the Landscape of Ontario Awards.
Press from The Record
CAMBRIDGE — It’s designed to make them think but they’re having too much fun to know it.
And that’s how learning happens, says kindergarten teacher Kendra Kovats.
From Sagninaw Public School
The Saginaw school community added a magnificent active green play space to what once was a very dry and shadeless area on the school grounds. A dedicated group of parent volunteers have been working hard for 2 years to plan, share and create an active space for our students.