The playground's main feature will be a one-of-a-kind play sculpture that honours the natural history of our surrounding parkland landscape.
Up until the Red Deer area was settled, there were vast herds of elk roaming the surrounding parklands, and many First Nations and Metis came to the area to hunt. "Waskasoo," in fact, is one of the Ne Hiyawak, or Cree, words for elk.
Our main play feature, designed for us by Earthscape Play in Ontario, takes the shape of our community's namesake -- an elk with his head thrown back ready to bugle.
The antlers are a log jam play feature with metal core ropes that will challenge kids of all ages. The side of the head has footholds to encourage little ones to climb aboard!
The top of the elk's head is covered with a hammock or net for climbing, resting, or just observing.
On the back is a multi-use rubber mat that can act as a slide, challenging climbing surface, a jumping feature, or whatever else kiddos can think of!
And, the play doesn't stop on the outside. Two doors mean children can explore inside the structure where they will find tactile features and a bench for gathering and making new friends.