Mooredale Preschool in Toronto, Ontario has a refreshing new outdoor playground featuring natural wood structures and endless opportunities for active, social, and creative play. The design concept was inspired by the forest floor to foster a connection to the surrounding natural environment.
The Chickadee Songbird sculpture is the playground centerpiece, nestled among log climbing structures. It is a hub of social, active, and passive play where children can climb, jump, hide or meet a friend. The Log Steppers, Log Pile, and small Log Jam all create an active play zone. A hill slide takes advantage of a small grade change. A small sand play area with an outdoor kitchen inspires creative play adjacent to a butterfly garden and some reflective mirror panels!
The playground area backs onto Park Drive Reservation Lands, a significant natural corridor connection to the Don Valley River in the heart of Toronto. The playground received significant community support; 100% of the project was funded by the local community. Nearly 100 families/donors are recognized within the project. Donor plaques and stepper stones recognize the financial contributions.