[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”WHAT’S UP WITH THE YARD?” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]In 2012, construction was completed on a beautiful new facility for our daycare. As is often the case with these projects, funding at the time did not extend to installation of a proper play yard. Although some yard work was done in 2013, installing gravel and crusher dust throughout the yard, no further work was possible for some years.

In the meantime, the yard has been deteriorating rapidly with the extremely heavy use it receives. Much of our surface has gradually washed away, the gravel (which was not contained with any type of edging) has spread irretrievably throughout the yard.

Although we have added some small features over the last year, including several large logs from a fallen tree next door, it is obvious that we need significant work. Our fundraising committee has been working hard for the last two years to raise enough money to meet our anticipated project budget of $40,000. As of June 2017, we have raised about one-third of the required funds.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”WHY A NATURAL YARD?” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left”][vc_column_text]Natural play areas have been shown to positively impact social skills, stress levels, physical ability, creativity, focus and attention skills, and more. It will benefit the staff as well, who will see the children develop and bloom in the natural playground.

We need a natural, accessible play space, properly designed to handle heavy traffic and use, to allow our community’s children to develop a relationship with nature and the outdoors. With a safe and natural playscape, all children from 18 months to 12 years old within our facility can explore and use their imaginations.

The whole yard space will be transformed into a multi-purpose, creative play yard that has something to appeal to all the children, from the smallest toddlers to the school-age children, as well as make an enjoyable outing for the staff.

Our Yard Committee’s plan includes much needed landscaping, the addition of natural play structures, and the development of outdoor “rooms” or areas for various types of play such as music, loose objects, a quiet area, and climbing/sliding.

 

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/1″][vc_media_grid element_width=”12″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1497814562483-c7872e31-a7d8-0″ include=”2619″][vc_column_text]This design was created by Stephanie Sedgwick and the daycare’s Yard Committee. The Committee has worked very hard on this plan over the last two years, with initial guidance by Stan Kochanoff of EnviroNova.

As volunteers and not professional designers, we realize that although we’re reasonably confident with our plan, the finished project may not look like what’s shown here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Our Yard Now” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left”][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1497814402907-f6dacba6-6016-5″ include=”2578,2576,2575,2565,2563,2564″][vc_custom_heading text=”What We Want” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left”][vc_column_text]These are images of a few of the features that we would like to include in our natural play yard. As these images are taken from various online sources, our finished yard’s features will likely not look exactly like these, but they are provided for visual reference only.[/vc_column_text][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1497814402919-4441b9a5-9a7a-2″ include=”2605,2606,2607,2608,2609,2610,2611,2612,2613″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row]