St. James Nature Playscape

Asakura Robinson Company was engaged by Weatherford and Core Real Estate to create a nature-based playground for the Bright Horizon daycare part of the newly renovated Weatherford Houston location. Unlike typical playgrounds which commonly feature large composites of plastic play structures that only engage children in physical play, ARC advocates nature playscapes which incorporate natural elements in order to facilitate healthy child development and encourage growth in a wide range of skills. Nature playscapes are always growing and changing season after season which provides children with new opportunities for play and keeps them interested. Stepping stumps of different heights, natural balance beams, and a lumber bridge...
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Chinese Community Center Nature Playscape

Asakura Robinson provided landscape architectural services from schematic design through construction observation for the nature-based playscape at Chinese Community Center Childcare, which was completed in early Summer 2010. Through a donation by the Yao Ming Foundation, CCCC was selected to receive nature-based playscape improvements at their existing facility. A design charette with community members, teachers, and parents led to the design of an enlarged, much-improved playscape that allows children to engage in creative free play with the use of natural materials. Vine-covered tepees, raingardens, and grassy hills provide a welcoming setting for the preschoolers to expolore. The “peek-a-boo paintwall” serves dual purposes as a separator of the different...
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Avance Nature Playscape

Asakura Robinson provided landscape architectural services from schematic design through construction observation for the nature-based playscape at Mangum Headstart, which was completed in early Fall 2010. Avance directors approached Asakura Robinson in Summer 2010 with an interest in developing a ‘showcase’ nature playscape at the new preschool facility. The Headstart program guidelines recommend incorporating loose parts and natural elements within play areas, in order to facilitate healthy child development and encourage growth in a wide range of skills.  Abundant plant material was used in the design to create different spaces and experiences. The ‘Beaver’s Hut’, made out of living willow...
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Collaborative For Children Nature Playscape Projects

Walker’s Daycare was one of four facilities to receive funding for a nature playscape project by various grants through Houston non-profit organization, Collaborative for Children. Asakura Robinson provided landscape architectural services from schematic design through construction observation for the nature-based playscape at Walker’s Daycare, which provides daycare and after-school care for low-income children. The existing play area used by the children was in dire need of upgrades and renovation, offering only a few pieces of plastic toys on a patch of bare dirt as a playground. With the implementation of the nature-based playscape features, the playground has been transformed into an...
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