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MATILDA ST. NATURAL PLAYGROUND
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This is the first natural playground in the City of Hamilton. This project was built on a remediated Brownfield site. A collaborative design model was used in the development of this project. This consisted of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds providing guidance, drafting, design, fabrication and construction services to the City of Hamilton. Phase One of this project informed city staff and established their parameters for this new concept of “natural playgrounds”. In this phase we engaged the City’s Purchasing Department, Parks Maintenance Department, the City’s Landscape Architects, Local Police, Recreation Programming Staff and the local Community Centre Staff. Phase two included a series of public consultations with the local community. Phase three included the engagement of Local Community Groups in developing ongoing programming for the space. Throughout this process the concept of the “100 Mile Diet for Playgrounds” was followed. This included the local procurement of native plants, trades and materials. Local discarded white oak and cherry logs were used for all of the site furnishings, Pink Canadian Shield Granite boulders were use for the climbing element in this playground and logs from damaged trees surrounding this site were reused throughout the space. The collaborative design was developed with a focus on all phases of child development and community engagement while adhering to CPTED, AODA, CAN.CSA Z614-07 and Municipal Design Standards.