Children's Nature Playscape: Final Design

Our final design has been manifested in a spirit of full collaboration. Community input and city regulatory parameters have guided our vision that also incorporates geographical sensitivity, and an ever-evolving understanding of childhood needs. The innovative team at Only Outdoor Living has designed a harmonious and sensory space for the children of Kalamazoo.


A magical area with creative fencing that children will enter through a secret gate.


Playscape features, birdsong, and plants will stimulate the senses through touch, sight, scent, and hearing. Children will be able to explore the sounds of the wood Amadinda (hanging xylophone) and fence chimes as they imagine what beautiful sounds nature brings to us.


Visually challenged children will be enriched by the tactile nature of trees and shrubs whilst learning their names from markers written in Braille and English.

We will be planting shrubs, and grasses that are native to west Michigan, especially those with cultural significance to the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians.