Building on the successes it has had with play environments, the City of Richmond chose Hapa to design a new play experience at Terra Nova Rural Park. Located on a Middle Arm of the Fraser River, the Terra Nova landscape represents a myriad of landscape types: intertidal foreshore, dykes, remnant sloughs, and past and present agricultural use. The play experience borrows from the form and character of these existing types, integrating and embedding the play experience in the park setting. Hapa and Lynne Werker designed a public process that included the Big Kids Group, a team of advisors that guided us through the preliminary fact-finding and site analysis process, and the Little Kids Group, made up of students from two local schools, who offered their ideas and design talents to the process. The end result: a park that responds to its setting, its constituents, and the ‘imperfect grid’ formal language of Terra Nova.
Role
Landscape Architect
With
Lynne Werker, Open House Facilitator
WildPlay Element Parks, Design-Builder
Kids of James Gilmore and Spul’u’kwuks Elementary Schools
Client
City of Richmond
Completion
2014
Photos by
Joshua Dool Photography

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