Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground, Spring Valley, USA
Playing with natural materials
Discovering the elements water and sand
The Bison's Bluff Nature Playground was developed to encourage children to play actively and passively in a natural environment. This unique, specially designed park mainly uses natural materials such as tree trunks, boulders, sand and water. A visit inspires open and creative forms of play, similar to those of previous generations of children who enjoyed playing on meadows, in forests and by streams near their homes. The aim of Bison's Bluff Nature Park is to inspire children and young people to learn resilience, to discover the benefits of cooperation and experimentation, and to make the world around them self-confident.
Platforms with unusual roof constructions
The Richter playground, which is integrated into the park and will be opened in 2017, contains numerous exciting movement elements such as slides, climbing structures, triangular platforms and some platforms reminiscent of a multi-level tree house, with shingle roofs adapted to the park environment, as well as a sand and water playground, which is particularly attractive to smaller children and invites them to play imaginatively with the elements.
What distinguishes a natural playground like this from a typical car park is that many of the play elements, such as the climbing structures, platforms and extension elements here, are built from natural materials. There are also numerous signs to help children and parents make the best possible use of the additional natural play elements.