Natural Play Spaces that Inspire Creativity
Intuitive natural wood design, built for children to explore their imagination while learning and growing together.
Natural Play Spaces FAQ
What is a natural play space?
A natural play space is essentially a playground inspired by nature and designed for creative play—often featuring logs, boulders, hills, etc.
Is a natural play space better than a traditional play structure?
Traditional play structures (metal/plastic structures) can be very entertaining and enjoyable for kids of all ages to play on. A natural play space isn’t better or worse, it simply provides an alternative space for kids to play. Natural play spaces can be very aesthetically appealing as they often incorporate logs, boulders, trees, shrubs, and even streams into the play space.
Is a natural play space dangerous?
Valleywest builds play areas with safety in mind and adheres to current safety guidelines for play structures; such as appropriate fall zone materials. That said, all play spaces can be dangerous if children are left unattended.
Do natural play spaces meet certain playground safety requirements?
Valleywest Landscaping (Shaun McMahon) is a licensed playground safety inspector. We not only inspect our own playgrounds, but we are licensed to inspect all types of playgrounds - natural or traditional.
What age groups can play in natural play spaces?
Valleywest Landscaping has built play spaces for infants (under the age of 2) up to adult sized structures intended for older teens and even adults.
What is the lifespan of a natural play space?
It depends on what types of products are used and how well the area is maintained. Left untreated, wood structures may only last 8-10 years. We highly recommend a treatment program for all log structures which potentially will double the lifespan of the structure. Other products, such as boulders, obviously have an indefinite life span.
Leave No Child Inside
A recent worldwide movement called “Leave no child inside” was birthed as observers recognize the importance of children interacting with nature. It is of concern that the recent generation of children growing up are more prone to stay indoors than explore all that nature has to offer. Being outdoors is invaluable in creating opportunities to grow physically and mentally.
Creating natural play areas for children is a passion for the staff at Valleywest Landscaping. In natural playgrounds, you will find boulders surrounding a sandpit, logs for balancing on, rocks for climbing, hills for rolling or sliding down, or a garden for planting. There may be a water feature where children can observe frogs and other creatures in nature, or bridges over a dry river bed.
Studies have shown children to be incredibly creative in natural play areas. Their imagination is the limit. Lets “leave no child inside” and do our part to see children enjoy everything that nature has to offer.