Natural Playground coming to Annieville Lions Park this fall!
Jun 10, 2016
Delta's first natural, unstructured playground is coming to Annieville Lions Park in North Delta this fall. A community cost-sharing project in partnership with the Corporation of Delta and North Delta Lions Club, and made possible by an Otter Co-op community spaces grant, the initiative will see natural play elements introduced to the existing playground.
"Parks are so important to the development of our community," says Mayor Lois E. Jackson. "There are many benefits to a natural playground and unstructured play for kids, and we are excited about working with community organizations like North Delta Lions and Otter Co-op to bring back play in Delta!"
Unstructured playgrounds are designed to reintroduce kids to healthy risk in natural play environments. Natural play features at Annieville Park will include a log fort with a slide, log climber, leaping posts, and a mini-zipline. The project is expected to be completed fall 2016.
The benefits of introducing healthy risk to play:
- Children who play regularly in natural environments show more advanced motor fitness including coordination, balance and agility, and they are sick less often.
- Children with views of and contact with nature score higher on tests of concentration and self-discipline.
- Exposure to natural environments improves children's cognitive development by improving their awareness, reasoning and observational skills.