Children's Nature Playscape

Just Around the Corner: A Space to Breathe and a Space to Play


The Children’s Nature Playscape on Bronson Park is serving an important, ongoing need for a place to encourage children and their parents to connect with nature, exercise their right to play, and practice discovery-based learning in the heart of the city.

Ming Li, Ed.D. Dean, College of Education and Human Development, WMU

The Children's Nature Playscape on Bronson Park is a project dedicated to turning a reclaimed green space downtown into a nature park for the children of Kalamazoo, MI. Children’s Nature Playscape will foster the cultural, emotional, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development of children and families. The project team is striving to open the playscape Spring '22.

Project Goals

Create

Create a socially and environmentally responsible area in downtown Kalamazoo designed for the enrichment of youth in the community.

Empower

Empower the community to understand play in nature as a way of strengthening family bonds and improving overall health.


Promote

Promote equitable access to nature by intentionally interrupting disparities in access to nature.


Foster

Foster awareness, acknowledgement, and respect of the traditional stewards of the Kalamazoo Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi.

NEWS

The Community Art Project has Bloomed!

Our new art has moved in! Thank you to the adults and children at the YWCA, El Concilio, Montessori School (Kalamazoo) and KCCCD for their artistic contribution. Their work will be displayed onsite at 302 Academy Street! Stop by and visit our current green space for ideas of what is to come through the imaginations of our Kalamazoo kids!

Children’s Nature Playscape Awarded Grants from Rotary Karl Sandelin Grant

This project was made possible in part through grants from the Rotary Club of Kalamazoo, The Rotary Foundation, District 6360 and the District 6360 Foundation Karl Sandelin Grant.

Thank you for your generous support!


Community Art Project 2021

Over the next few months, our community engagement committee will be facilitating the creation of collective art pieces painted by the children of Kalamazoo. Once installed, these art pieces will welcome passersby to the world of imagination and expectation and help us herald in new beginnings on-site. We welcome you to join us!

For more information please email: info@kalamazooplayscape.org


Update: Community Input Session | May 24, 2021

During our community input session OCBA Landscape Architects successfully collected survey results that will guide the playscape's final elements and features. As we continue to be creative and make decisions based upon feedback received, we welcome your input, generosity, and encouragement in the days ahead.

Reach out and share your ideas and queries on our Facebook page: https://fb.me/e/2rbFgAVD9

Earth Day Celebration 2021

Check out our video for Kalamazoo Earth Day to learn more about the Children's Nature Playscape coming to downtown Kalamazoo!

CNP 2021 Earth Day.mp4