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City erects first natural playground for kids

Halfway through the day you could already see the transformation of McLeary Park was going to be beautiful.

Halfway through the day you could already see the transformation of McLeary Park was going to be beautiful.

The little triangle of land at the southwest corner of Queen Street and McGee Street — purchased by the city from George Leslie in 1883 for $600 — once a plain old playground, was becoming the city’s first “natural” playground: From caterpillar to butterfly in a day.

Designed by Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds, the park’s innovative design uses indigenous play structures instead of conventional ones: An upside-down tree, a balance beam strung between two huge boulders, a sandbox hemmed in by tree trunks, and slides that fit into the slope of a hill, eliminating the chance that kids could fall from the top.

 
 
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