Hyland Forest Park:
This piece of forest is set aside and free play is allowed. Fort building, exploration, digging and other activities are all allowed. It is part of a free play pilot project in the parks district.
|The entire area is delineated by these signs, maybe every 30'.|
|There are lots of fots already built and ready to add on to!|
|There are more delicate built items like the 'soup bowl'|
This is also in the THPRD park system, but it is a very different park. They consider this one a natural playscape. It is a mix of natural themed equipment and natural materials.
|Walking up onto the play area it is almost hard to tell it is a play area!|
|the more traditional equipment area|
|The awesome log stack!|
|Logs are set on concrete footings and rebar adds support so they wont move around. |
But these logs are huge! I can't image they will move for a long time.
|Another view that I think is peaceful and beautiful especially compared to what a colorful climbing set would look like.|