What's Happening with the High Park-Style Castle Park in Mississauga?

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Last year, it was announced that the Malton Arena and Wildwood Park in the northeast part of Mississauga would be renamed after former 14 time NHL all-star Paul Coffey. At the time, Ward 5 Councillor Carolyn Parrish also announced that she was looking to get a new playground structure built in the newly renamed Paul Coffey Park.

Well, now we know a little more about what that new redesigned playground is going to look like.

Parrish recently tweeted out this brief video showing the preliminary concept designs commissioned by a company called Earthscape, in collaboration with the city of Mississauga. As Earthscape’s own website states, their purpose;

Our goal is to design and build incredible custom playgrounds that open children's imaginations, stimulate their creativity and challenge their motor development. Inspired by the playgrounds of the world, Earthscape strives to create the very best play spaces where children can take appropriate and measured risk to advance their social, cognitive and physical development.

We believe playgrounds should offer endless opportunities for growth and play for children of all ages, abilities and play styles. Natural materials are at the heart of our complete playground designs because we believe children need more nature, not less. Complex and challenging structures, with dynamic features encourage climbing, balancing, jumping, mobility, strength, executive function, imagination and coordination. Risk and independence, failure and mastery, friendship and silence, are all facilitated by our playground designs and our constructed sites.

The plethora of playgrounds Earthscape has designed are numerous and quite innovative. For the Paul Coffey park, they went with a design based on a medieval castle and a dragon. So it’s a very fairytale like theme that would not only help keep children active, but stimulate their imaginations. In terms of symbolizing a rebirth of sorts for Malton and having something new for the children in the community, this is a great start.

The playground is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2017.

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