Lately I feel like I've only been posting about exciting things happening in the UK, even though I have a foot in two camps (a Brit living in the US). Much as I like to stay neutral...... there just hasn't been anything new here to post about.... until now.
The American Association of Landscape Architects just posted this article on their LAND website about a revitalized 35 acre park in Florida and how the current recession encouraged them to pursue ideas about free play and re-engaging children with nature. By preserving as much green space as possible, solving safety issues, opening views into wooded areas and updating play equipment, they kept to their budget.
What was great to hear was that the newly cleaned up wooded area of the park really captured the children's imaginations.
So, if you find you are asked to redesign an existing little patch of nature...... don't mess with it. Kids will love it just as it is.