School is back in but many kids are going back to the classroom with memories of adventures – all created right here in Chestermere.
This past summer, the City offered a brand new program called the ‘Mobile Adventure Playground.’
Based on research that kids need more time for unstructured play, the Mobile Adventure Playground offered a literal truckload of materials and building supplies for kids to use in whatever way their imaginations could fathom.
The results were astounding.
“Over the summer, we observed children creating amazing forts, building slides, creating obstacle courses, sliding down hills on a variety of materials, building towers, and creating sculptures of motorcycles and cars,” said Kate Richards the City’s Recreation Coordinator. “Children of every age group found unique and inspiring ways to play with the materials and explore the playground. It has been amazing to see!”
Located in various parks throughout the community, the playground had between 20-40 kids visit each time it was available.
In addition to unstructured play, the other key element of the Mobile Adventure Playground was that children were encouraged to explore without adult intervention.
“What I liked about it the most is that it prevents you from micromanaging your kids while playing” says Veronika Grotowska. Veronika and her two children Ender and Zaria visited the Adventure Playground six times this summer.
As the program wraps up for the summer, Kate and her team intend to explore how to improve the program for next year.
“The program was wildly successful this year. We have had a lot of great community feedback and will definitely explore how we can make it even better in 2019.”
To give suggestions for next year, parents and caregivers are invited to take the survey to give their feedback about the Mobile Adventure Playground at www.chestermere.ca/adventureplayground. The survey will be open until the end of September.