Planning a Playground
This September, a natural playground will be built in Edmundston, New Brunswick, the Live Right Now Capital of Canada.
Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds, Canadian Wildlife Federation and Parks Canada will join forces to build a space inspired by Fundy National Park.
And what might be expected in this playscape? All the elements that contribute to Fundy's beauty can be used as a canvas for the new playground.
photo: Mike Allen
"Fundy has two ecosystems: the marine environment and the Caledonian Highland plateau," explains Ellen Bertrand, Director of External Relations at Parks Canada. The valleys, plentiful waterfalls, in addition to landscape inclines will surely inspire the creators of the new park. But let's hope they don't try to incorporate the tides!
Bienenstock employees and Parks Canada ecologists will work together to determine what elements can be transferred from Fundy National Park to Edmundston. In another project, for example, they used naturally-fallen tree trunks in the construction of a Vancouver park.
Rocks, vegetation, and any other relevant substances could also enrich the space. It should be noted that endangered plant species will not be chosen, unless stated otherwise by ecologists at Parks Canada.
Edmundston will certainly be invited to participate in the park's construction, since community involvement is at the very heart of Bienenstock values. Thus, representatives from Edmundston may be invited by Parks Canada to visit Fundy National Park.
Are you ready, Edmundston?
Most photos courtesy of Parks Canada.