Our Natural Play pilot project is happening at the Silver Falls State Park just outside of Salem, Oregon. We did a series of design charrettes for this project at Silver Falls which will be the first Natural Play Area in the nation.
Initially, Silver Falls State Park will be used to demonstrate a design process and actual construction of a Natural Play Area. Silver Falls is the preferred location to use as a demonstration site: the play area can be a safe and inviting gateway to a very diverse natural setting; it has high visitation and is within a short driving distance of Salem and Portland; the park is very supportive of the concept; a local school is willing to collaborate on the project; a team of play area designers will devote pro bono time to the project; and finally, there is a great legacy of innovative approaches to recreation at Silver Falls, and this project is a way to continue and enhance that legacy.
To download the workshop binders and charrette materials, follow the links below: