Lakeshore Woods Park
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
The City of Windsor is on a mission—determined to transform old, outdated playgrounds into family destination parks. Each year they look at the areas with the largest population of families with children and pick one or two parks to revitalize. And when it comes to the bid, one playground equipment supplier seems to tip the scale: New World Park Solutions.
Lakeshore Woods Park is one of those destination parks. In addition to a playground, families flock to the area for its soccer and frisbee fields. For this project, the city wanted to create a fantasy/nature experience. They also wanted to maximize their use of space in order to keep the required rubber surfacing costs low. New World Park Solutions came up with a creative nature-inspired design that has parents saying “It’s the only playground my children want to go to!”
The centerpiece of the play space is Branch Out—a component inspired by tree play and “branching out” to other traditional playground equipment. This product provides challenging and dynamic rope activities, as well as spots for perching and relaxing.
As one of the city’s requirements, play spaces must be designed to meet the needs of all children, with varying levels of challenge. Several products in this space, including the Cozy Cocoon, invite children of all abilities to join in on the fun. In addition to Branch Out, which is designed for children ages 5 to 12, this play space features an early childhood (2 to 5 year-old) area with products specially designed to encourage developing young minds.
The only complaint about this playground? Parents say their kids don’t want to leave! But that’s a good problem to have. Since opening, the park has been jam-packed nearly every day. Lakeshore Woods Park has become a destination for families—capturing children’s minds and immersing them in a world of imagination and wonder.