Playground Design

Playground Design for NH and MA Residences, Commercial Sites, Schoolyards and Municipal Parks

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When designing a playground for your NH or MA backyard, schoolyard, municipal or commercial park, the “one-stop shop” for all your needs is Terrain Planning & Design. From conception to construction, our architects have perfected the process of creating safe, long-lasting play structures where children can while the hours away doing what they do best – being kids.

Interpretive play has become increasingly popular among parents, educators and environmental groups, though natural playgrounds are not a new concept. Since the dawn of time, children have made their own imaginary worlds with sticks, boulders, trees and logs. Stainless steel tubing and brightly colored plastic have only recently replaced the organic world of nature’s playgrounds.

Remembering this, and observing children at play in our times, provides insight for our school playground designers to create a more interactive and imaginative play environment. Studies have shown that children who play in this environment develop deeper creative, social and motor skills as they learn to relate to their surroundings – and each other.

Connecting to the Natural World

One key element to designing a more interpretive playground is nature itself. More than just play, the space should be used as an outdoor classroom, introducing children to nature in a hands-on way. Butterfly gardens, water features and bird feeders provide real-life examples of what they learn in the classroom. The tactile experience of these environmental playgrounds, whether pushing piles of sand, stacking smooth rocks, or pumping water from an old hand pump, will help develop a child’s connection to the natural world not otherwise gained in school.

The Interpretive Play Playground

A playground is an undertaking that requires an expert whose goal is not only safety and functionality, but also to make it flow seamlessly into the circular whole of your space. A swing set is but a swing set, but a boulder can be a mountain, or a ship, or a plane. As kids, we all walked along stonewalls, explored in the woods or along a creek. A pile of dirt could provide hours of amusement. The challenge in playground design is to include play structures that allow the children to decide what they think that object should be.

And at Terrain, we work with schools, PTOs, community centers and park directors to create interpretive and natural play playgrounds, or a hybrid of both, that are age-specific and designed to meet the specific needs, goals and budget of the organization.

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Playground Design and Planning in NH and MA is a Call Away

The “one-stop” playground design and planning firm in MA, NH and ME is Terrain Planning & Design. We are the architects to consult when it’s time to make your backyard or schoolyard complete. See our extensive portfolio of these exceptional projects and then call us for a free consultation, (603) 746-3512.

About Terrain Planning

Terrain Planning is a NH residential and commercial landscape architectural firm staffed with licensed landscape architects specializing in landscape architecture design and planning, land use planning, wetland permitting, landscape design, landscape contracting and construction project management with a keen eye for both natural and sustainable landscapes. Landscape design and architectural services include backyard landscape design, outdoor kitchen design, swimming pool design, patio, drive and walkway design, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, ponds and waterfalls, playground and park design, shoreline wetlands planning and permitting, shoreline erosion planning and construction, as well as residential development planning

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311 Kast Hill Road
Hopkinton NH 03229
Tel: (603) 746-3512

“Eric Buck with Terrain Planning is the most professional, versed, and creative architect that I have worked with in 30 years in the industry.”
ROB KEIM Keim Landscape Consulting
“Terrain planning and design have done several design projects for me. One of the few landscape design companies that will design and over see the project till the finish. Great company.”
Bryan Fournier Bryan Fournier Landscape & Irrigation
“We hired Eric from Terrain Planning to redesign the courtyard of our reproduction home in Henniker NH. The plans we received were absolutely top notch and beautiful.”
Russell Mann Henniker, New Hampshire

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