Sunday, June 19, 2005

Children's Garden

The Child Study Center recently dedicated its new Children's Garden. Faced with a need to renovate the playgrounds to meet new safety requirements, they took the opportunity to think about what children need from outdoor spaces, and to create spaces that will feed the needs of children for interaction with nature and each other.

The space is absolutely beautiful, even without the plantings that are soon to be added.

Included is a new space for the youngest children (2s), who have always shared space with the middle group (3s). The slide is built into a small hill, and when the rhododendrons grow up around it the children will climb through what for them is a forest to the observation deck at the top of the slide.

The gardens also feature space for children to plant and grow, not just sand to dig in.

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