Natural Playspaces


Natural Playscapes


Our approach to designing spaces for kids parallels our general philosophy: to integrate the sound science of ecology, the emotional resonance of art, and the specific human need or other purpose to be met through innovative, planet- conscious design. 

For each ON.Play project, we listen to, learn from, and observe the children that will use the space, then ask ourselves questions such as:

How is the space currently used? What potential already exists? Are there specific needs to be met? What in the current space should be preserved, enhanced, or created? How can we create an awe-inspiring, thoughtful, challenging and open-ended space where kids will continue to discover more within the boundaries, throughout the years of their youth and beyond.

We design playgrounds to blend with and enhance the larger environment and community within which they exist, truly integrating and supporting the nature of a place. 

Our approach is supported by current research. Kids need supporting healthy child development through outdoor space design for children

      • site context/history

      • open ended play

      • Risk

      • Nature Connection/NDD

      • Inclusive/Social Play

ON.Play projects are custom designs and builds so each project is different. We seek to integrate eco-educational components into each of our plans, such as:

  • Permaculture systems and features

  • Regenerative or sustainable agriculture

  • Winter garden components

  • Ecological restoration

  • Land Stewardship

  • Foresting

  • water reclamation

ON.Play design includes

  • The use of natural materials and textures, such as trees, rocks, sand, and plants.

  • Open space for children to roam and explore freely.

  • Unstructured play opportunities with no fixed objective.

  • waterplay features

  • Walkways or bridges for children to get from one point to another

  • The ability to move light-weight objects from one location to another within the area.

  • Natural, renewable ground cover

  • Natural shaded areas.

  • Planters or a garden for children to develop social skills and teamwork as they tend to living plants and flowers. These features are opportunities for community involvement and an educational component