Play structure connects children to nature
There's a new place for children to explore at Timber Park.
Portland General Electric finished construction on a nature play area in late June. The new feature includes logs, rocks and wood chips for children to climb and play on and is located near the existing swing set and slide in the park at 30878 N.W. Evergreen Way.
Given the logging heritage at Timber Park, PGE Parks and Recreation Manager Tony Dentel thinks the new structure is fitting for the area.
"Rather than having an urban facility, we used more natural elements," he said. "With nature play, we can get kids away from gray colored metal and plastic and connected with more natural materials. It's a bridge between a play apparatus and nature."
Construction on Timber Park's nature play area began last fall. After a hiatus during the winter, the project resumed this April and was completed several weeks ago.
PGE also has a nature play area at Timothy Lake in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
"The idea is to have organized play that folks can go to, since that's safer than sending a 5-year-old out into the trees," Dentel said.
Earlier this year, PGE hosted a workshop focused on building nature play areas. The event brought approximately 50 professionals to Timber Park and focused on design, maintenance, construction, safety and additional aspects of building a nature play area.