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Metro (Bonsor) Skate Park

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This is the first post of a series where we dip into our archives and share some insight into the process leading up to thefinished project.  In this post we feature the construction process of the Metro Skate Park. 

The Metro Skate Park was an important project in the development of space2place. We won the commission for this project in early 2003. It was our first significant public project and one of our most challenging projects technically.  

This is one of our early projects that helped build our reputation for innovative public projects.  Some other cities we worked with to develop skate parks include  Courtenay/Comox, Cranbrook, Toronto, Ft. McMurrary and Leduc. All of these projects were in collaboration with Spectrum Skate Park Creations.  Space2place was the prime consultant on these projects with Spectrum responsible for the geometry and flow of the park features.  

We developed valuable skills through these projects including: public engagement, working with concrete, managing complex jobs and creative use of public space. These skills continue to influence our projects today.   

SFU Childcare wins a CSLA National Design Award


The SFU Univercity Childcare project has been awarded a 2013 National Citation award by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects in the Design Category.  The childcare opened in April of 2012 and is a candidate to be Canada's first Living Building. The project was designed to support the Reggion Emillia approach to childcare by providing an experientially rich outdoor environment. The use of natural materials, planting, topography, and rainwater connects the children to this unique place and represents the principle of the environment as "the third teacher".

This award is the sixth CSLA award in the past six years and the fourth award recognized with a National distinction. 

Playground Design

A copy of the Playground Design book arrived last week at our offices. This publication features our Garden City Play Environment along with a great collection of play spaces around the world. I am impressed with the quality of the book, featuring generous high quality images of each project featured.  The book is organized into 3 main categories fantasy, nature and sports with over over 50 projects featured.  Highly recommended for anyone interested in contemporary playground design.