All hands on deck
Now is the time to call in the reinforcements! Rusty recommends providing child care and meals and make the opportunity to improve your playground a family occasion.
A playscape should be a family and community affair. It should be built with loving, tending hands. It should be created with local materials. It should be built and changed and re-changed on a regular basis. And guess what? YOU can do it yourself! Just like an Amish barn raising, the playscape can be done with volunteer labor and donations from the community.Not only will you save money building it with volunteers, but it also becomes a wonderful community-building and friend-making opportunity right in your own back yard. 20 ways to create play environments for the soul by Rusty Keeler
Benefits of building as a community (From Earthplay)
- you save on labour and material costs
- a sense of accomplishment and ownership
- forming new friendships
- strengthening community ties
- a playscape that will truly be a reflection of the talents and labours of your local community
Build your playscape
Depending on the size of your project, you might decide to create your playscape over a series of weekend working bees, or to build it in phases over time.
The Elm Tree centre's playscape plans show how they have broken there project into smaller projects each with own time frame.
Whatever the size of your project, Rusty's advice is "Dream big, start small, never stop"
Community build examples:
- Peabody School within School ::: Marla Mclean Atelerista
- Woodland Park ::: Teacher Tom
- Groton Community School
- 10 Keys to Community Built Success by Rusty Keeler
Next in the Series: Last, but certainly not least: involving the children every step of the way