Earthscape was humbled and honoured to receive 12 Awards of Excellence at the Landscape Ontario Gala on January 12th. Nine awards were received for playground design and construction. Three awards were received for residential design and construction. Earthscape was the sole winner in the Commercial Design category for five different playground designs. With these awards, Earthscape has now received over 40 awards in ten years from Landscape Ontario.
Construction of Slide Hill has now begun on Governors Island in New York City with work expected to continue through to January 2016. Slide Hill will have a view to the Statue of Liberty and is one of several hills on the Island that will provide a stunning view of the New York City skyline. Master planned by West8, Earthscape is a design/build partner for the Slide Hill alongside General Contractor ValleyCrest and Engineering firm Stantec Consulting. For more information on the project, click here.
One of Canada’s most unique playground designs has been released for Grange Park, adjacent to the Art Gallery of Ontario. In homage to the neighbouring AGO, the playground represents elements of an artist’s studio at the moment they are interrupted from work.
With funding from the AGO, the City of Toronto and private donors, the Prime Consultant and Lead Designer (park and playground) is PFS Studio, working with local Landscape Architect thinc design, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and Earthscape (playground structures design-build).
The north playground features climbing structures that represent a spilled paint can and crumpled paper. The south playground, in an equal state of disarray, offers a colourful artist’s pallet alongside pencils and a squished paint tube. The art-themed playground was designed to offer the highest play value and inspire creativity. It will be a new urban landmark destination for Toronto’s children and visitors.
A custom brook trout playground sculpture is now complete and will be swimming off to Nobleton, Ontario at Metrus Community Park in King City. We managed to save Josh and his canoe before the truck hauled it out of the workshop. The design for Metrus Park was done in collaboration with thinc design and King Township – Parks, Recreation and Culture. For more information and the full park design, click here.
The Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre playground is set to open November 23, 2015. This therapeutic and accessible playground is a part of McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton and was designed in collaboration with Vertechs Designs of Toronto. The playground is designed to be used by children under the care of the multi-disciplinary team of specialists at the Centre. Themed to represent the City of Hamilton, playground elements represent the colourful trees of Cootes Paradise, steel smoke stacks and iconic bridges. For more photos and information, click here.
Sometimes we forget that playgrounds can be spaces enjoyed by kids of all ages! We got this awesome parkour video from one of our playground fans who visited Snider Parkette, just off Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario.
Earthscape is looking forward to attending the following upcoming events. Be sure to stop by and see us!
Landscape Ontario Awards of Excellence Gala
Date: January 12, 2016
Location: Toronto, ON
Ontario Parks Association Education Forum
Date: February 26, 2016
Location: Burlington, ON
Ontario Association of Landscape Architects
Date: April 1, 2016
Location: Niagara Falls, ON
Canadian Association of Landscape Architects
Date: June 23-25, 2016
Location: Winnipeg, MB