When I first heard about this project a playground came to mind. I didn’t know how it could work but I thought it could be a fun place to interact with nature in a way that would not destroy it — in the sense that this would make a designated area for learning and observing rather than people wandering into habitats and stepping onto plants. My first bit of research for this proposal has just been online, where I found this web site explaining exactly what an “Eco Friendly Playground” is: http://www.playsitesplus.com/eco_friendly_playground.htm
From there, this caught my attention: “some eco friendly playgrounds are incorporating into their designs a way to capture rain water. These playgrounds and sites are designed in such a way that the run-off of any precipitation can be stored and collected to water surrounding plants and gardens.”
I like the simplicity of this and the different possibilities there are for a “playground” idea. For example, someone was talking about educating people about different plant life, mushrooms, birds or even fish… this could be incorporated somehow so it also becomes educational.
One challenge in this proposal would be making all of the playground accessible to disabled people, but I think with enough research I can think of a design that fits everyone’s individual needs. (to the best of my ability).
I’m thinking out loud a little bit here! But if anyone has a suggestion feel free to comment =)