Sir Wilfrid Laurier Elementary
Vancouver, BC Canada
Playground OverviewSir Wilfrid Laurier Elementary School received new playground equipment in June 2013 thanks to the partnership between Kiwanis International and Landscape Structures. This fitness-focused playground challenges students in kindergarten through grade 7 with many playground climbers, slides and bridges.
- Age Ranges
- 5 to 12 years
- Design Standards
- April 2013
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Play Systems featured in this Playground
Ages 5 to 12 Years
The PlayBooster® playground structure, the original post-and-clamp system, combines exciting ground-level components with climbing events and overhead activities for kids ages 5 to 12. The PlayBooster family includes the interconnected cables of Netplex®, the contemporary Vibe®, the nature-inspired Tree House and the double-decker PlayOdyssey® Tower.
Product Categories featured in this Playground
Ages 2 to 12
Freestanding Play events add fun and excitement to new and existing playgrounds! Revitalize your current playground or create a playground design that’s completely unique using Freestanding Play components for kids ages 2 to 5 and 5 to 12.
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Turning Frowns Upside Down
A School Without a Playground? We'll Fix That.
When this elementary school and annex were notified that their old playstructures had to be removed due to safety concerns, the kids were devastated. The possibility of being without their playgrounds for up to three years was too much. Fortunately, their parents stepped up. And so did Circle K International (CKI), the premier collegiate and university community service organization in the world sponsored by Kiwanis® International.
Getting the Kids Involved
With Circle K’s help, the school was able to enlist the help of Jeff Musson, a Landscape Structures playground consultant with Habitat Systems.
“Jeff and his team did an incredible job,” according to Janet Souther, the school’s principal. “They created a slide show for us, including a movie clip of the components.”
"I would ask the kids, ‘Do you want choice A or choice B?'" Principal
This was presented to all of the kids, from kindergarten through grade 7. “I was concerned there would be a big divide between the younger and older kids, but there turned out to be great consensus.”
Everyone Plays Together
The kids wanted their new playgrounds to be inclusive. A number of their classmates have special needs, including children on the autism spectrum who are integrated into regular classes. “They are part of our school community, so naturally all the children wanted an opportunity to play together,” explains Janet.
The Oodle® Swing is great for kids of all abilities. “For kids with autism, the rocking experience is interactive and creates group play,” according to Jeff. “On the Oodle Swing, they can share a connection and build friendships.”
Flexible Design Consideration
A couple children were still upset about losing the older equipment they loved. “One of the things I so appreciated about Jeff was that we were able to save our slide and add to it,” explains Janet. “It was nice to be able to say to the kids, ‘Oh, but we’re saving this piece.’”
Every Day Is a Play Day
"It has a circuit, some independent items, is highly active with lots of moving parts and modern looking with a new color scheme that adds pop." Habitat Systems
Jeff sees Sir Wilfrid as an unmitigated success. “Janet was hopeful it would offer kids a fun place to play, but I don’t think she anticipated just how fun it would turn out,” says Jeff. “It’s now a place of social gathering on more than just a school day.”
As Janet sums it up, “This was a once-in-a-career type of experience, I know it. And it’s been absolutely a dream.”