This playground lets kids connect with their environment by providing a safe, play space that uses natural elements such as; mature trees, fallen logs, flowers, hills, valleys and boulders.
The YMCA has opened seven natural playgrounds across the GTA in the past year and plans to open more in 2009. Unlike traditional play structures, natural playgrounds encourage children to explore nature and use their imagination whether it is by watching insects build homes or planting and nurturing a living creature.
The cost of building a natural playground is comparable to that of a traditional play structure; however the maintenance fees are significantly lower. A natural playground’s lifespan can last up to 30 years while traditional equipment must be replaced approximately every five years.