In a joint project O.K. Before & After School and O.V. Jewitt Community School developed a natural playscape area for the children of the child care centre, the school and the community. While conventional playgrounds generally cater to active physical play, this is only a small portion of the play that children enjoy. Natural playscapes provide opportunities for the full range of play possibilities from dramatic social play to quiet creative play. The flexibility and changing nature of natural playscapes create endless opportunities for open-ended play and discovery.
The "Natural Playscape on Neville" was developed in three phases. Phase I involved the development of wooden huts, a "pond" and a canoe. Phase 2 saw the addition of a 1949 refurbished Ferguson tractor. And finally, the 3rd phase included flower boxes, a "stage" and several boulders.
Many thanks to the Seven Oaks School Division for permitting us to create this magical space for the children of this community. Thank you to all financial contributors which include - Seven Oaks School Division, O.V. Jewitt Parent Council, O.V. Jewitt Community School, O.K. Before & After School Child Care Centres Inc., Home Depot, the Winnipeg Foundation, Seven Oaks Healthy Living and the Community Incentive Grant Program (Devi Sharma, City Councillor).