Balsam Sports Complex
The Balsam Sports Complex Natural Playground features three entrance points to a walking path surrounding natural areas, climbing features with an obstacle course layout and natural areas encouraging unstructured play. Art components are also naturally designed into the landscape throughout the area.
The redesigned sports complex has upgrades around the exterior of the park, including a looped walking path and more trees. The redesign provides added areas for amenities including two shelters on the north and south sides, access to nature play features, shaded spaces for picnics and an interactive play area with water feature.
22000 square feet
Balsam Ave, Greeley, CO 80631, USA
Project Background, Public Input and Goals:
Through engagement sessions and consultation sessions with the team at ODS were able to reﬁne their mission for the space; create a space for art, music and drama to engage children who aren’t as interested in the typical play facilitated by traditional playground structures and give their children an opportunity to develop an authentic connection to nature. Beyond recess, the ODCMG had expressed interest in using the playground space for outdoor classrooms as well, which led to design adaptations and component that could host as an outdoor learning “hub”.