Open the red child-sized door just west of the Pavilion in Assiniboine Park and enter into a world of play. Adults need to duck. The Nature Playground in Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Assiniboine Park offers unique spaces and structures for jumping, running, climbing, and imagining, set in a beautiful garden.
Natural materials have been used wherever possible in construction of play structures and spaces.
A fake tree stump at one end of the garden acts as a donation box. It says, “Thanks for helping our imaginations and gardens grow.” A group of children ran by me as I walked through the garden. They were planning moves in their imaginary world and made mention of someone hiding in the woods. The space does seem to foster imaginative play.
Have you been to the Nature Playground at Assiniboine Park? Do you have a favourite playground for the young people in your life?