Introducing The Wee Woods
A multi-phase expansion of the Wee Play Tot Park & Playground.
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Wee Play Community Project has partnered with environmental designer Bryan Quinn of One Nature, to create the Wee Woods, a multi-phase expansion of the Wee Play Tot Park in Memorial Park in Beacon. In collaboration with the City of Beacon and the Beacon Recreation Department, Phase 1 installation broke ground in October 2017. Phase 2 is set to begin October 2018.
Phase 1: Help us Grow Complete
A grove of Poplar trees will become an exciting and important element of our new Nature Playground, providing the stage for imagination to take hold! Children will be inspired to create games and find adventure within this grid of fast growing, Eastern Cottonwood trees and willow tunnel.
BIG THANKS to all who supported Phase 1: Buy a Tree, Help us Grow! The Forest Map donor plaque recognizing your generous contributions will be installed in 2018.
Please note: Individual plaques will not appear on the trees. Donor names will be acknowledged on a group plaque near the entrance, welcoming visitors to the beautiful new play space.
Phase 2: Play takes Root
Coming Fall 2018: The Wee Woods is expanding with climbing structures repurposed from giant maple tree trunks, puzzled within the landscape, to encourage free play, climbing and fun in the forest. (A giant spider web and rope bridges will be installed Spring 2019!) Fundraising will be on-going throughout future phases of installation. Your donations are appreciated!
More about how this project began…
Last year Wee Play conducted a survey to find out what improvements the community wished to see at the Wee Play Tot Park & Playground. A majority of respondents indicated a desire for less plastic and more natural elements, climbing options, and unstructured nature play areas. Nature playgrounds are surprisingly simple, safe, and affordable and research has shown there are many benefits to kids playing creatively in nature. Concentrating our efforts on creating a Nature Playground felt like a logical next step for the expansion of our beloved city park.
Wee Play reached out to environmental designer and local resident Bryan Quinn of One Nature for help coming up with affordable, creative solutions utilizing open space at Memorial Park. The result is an environmentally sustainable, multi-phase expansion plan. We are currently fundraising for Phase 1 of this project. A grove of poplar trees, willow plantings for growing a tunnel and a new sandbox will all be coming to the Wee Woods at Memorial Park as part of Phase 1. We aim to continue with additional phases in years to come.
You can experience some of One Nature’s other local projects by visiting Beacon’s Pop-Up Park on the corner of Cross and Main Street, or Safe Harbors Green in Newburgh.
More about our trees…
The Eastern Cottonwood tree that One Nature has chosen for this project is a variety called Populus Deltoides SP-136. It’s a fast-growing and sustainable Poplar hybrid, native to eastern North America. The trees are male, so they are non-cotton producing. They are often considered the thoroughbreds of the tree world, with vertical growth of up to 5–8′ per year. This beautiful grove of fast-growing trees will become an integral element of the new Wee Woods nature playground.
In addition to this magical forest, 350 willow branches planted along the pathway woven through the Wee Woods will grow into living channels, to naturally define and enchant the play area.
For more information about the Beacon Recreation Department, visit:Beacon Recreation