FUNCTIONAL LANDSCAPING TIP #3 DEDICATED PLAY STRUCTURES
One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space
Encouraging safe outdoor play is a priority for today’s families and these spaces can take on many different forms. At the design phase, it is important to consider how your use of this space will evolve over time, as some items may be practical for only a few years.
Dedicated play structures with swings, playhouse, sandboxes, etc., are great for a young family, but can become outmoded in a remarkably short amount of time. These items can be treated as ephemeral and placed in a turf area or some consideration can be given at the design stage as to how you may be able to transform this space as time goes on. For example, once your kids outgrow the play centre, it can become a firepit area.
Site fixtures such as nets, lighting, and boundary lines can also be incorporated into the court. Younger family members can ride their tricycles on these surfaces, which allow for all sorts of imaginative play within the safety of your backyard. For full, four-season functionality, some sport courts can also be flooded in the winter and made into an ice rink. While 9.2- x 18.3-m (30- x 60-ft) court is considered optimal, half of this area will still provide adequate play space for your family to play many sports.
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Originally published in Pools, Spas & Patios - 2017 Annual Issue.
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