Watch this great video of the KidsUp! Grand Opening event

What a grand opening at KidsUp! The Next Generation of Play! Thanks to John McKenzie of Bainbridge Community Broadcasting for putting together this great video of the festivities, and all who attended and made this such a special day for our kids and families.

Watch this great video of the KidsUp! Grand Opening event2021-09-08T21:19:31-07:00

‘It is spectacular’ – KidsUp! The Next Generation of Play is here, Sept. 4

Chris Cain would tell you, he had the easy part.

Designing KidsUp! The Next Generation of Play, the spectacular, super-inclusive new playground at Battle Point Park, didn’t take much more than brainstorming with parents and suggesting what might go where. Then he stood back and watched.   

“My role was really just to put ideas on paper, and get it spatially organized,” says Cain, a landscape architect with Bainbridge Island’s Studio Hanson Roberts. “Normally when we do a design project, it takes months of planning, there’s packages of drawings to deliver… I sat in on meetings and did some sketches here and there.”

Well, there was a little more to it than that. But when the new playground opens on Sept. 4, kids of all ages and abilities will find a veritable wonderland of sight, sound, sensation and even scent in the wildflower and herb gardens, play features […]

‘It is spectacular’ – KidsUp! The Next Generation of Play is here, Sept. 42021-09-01T12:42:14-07:00

KidsUp! The Next Generation of Play opens Sept. 4

A giant Ferry Boat play structure is the centerpiece as Bainbridge Island welcomes an imaginative, inclusive new playground at Battle Point Park 

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND – It’s time to play! KidsUp! The Next Generation of Play, an imaginative, inclusive new playground built around a giant Ferry Boat play structure, opens Sept. 4 at Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island. 

A 10 a.m. dedication will celebrate the playground opening, with music and food trucks planned for a day of excitement and fun for kids and families. The event is presented by the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District and Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation, and sponsored by Play Creations and Landscape Structures, Inc.

The playground centerpiece is the “M/V KidsUp!”, a custom-built, one-of-kind play structure that evokes the Puget Sound ferry fleet. The two-level, 47-foot-long ferry was designed and fabricated by Landscape Structures, Inc., equipment supplier for the playground. 

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KidsUp! The Next Generation of Play opens Sept. 42021-08-17T07:31:53-07:00

KidsUp! Playground will be a bloomin’ wonder

Bright color is nice, and a sweet fragrance. Drought resistance, of course. Bonus points for edibility: What kid wouldn’t want to munch a tasty blueberry after a ride on a merry-go-round? 

Flowers and shrubs at the new KidsUp! will have many qualities, but all should withstand the particular rigors of the playground environment.  

“They have to be hardy,” Park District horticulturist Chris Andre says, “and they have to endure a lot of trampling by kids.” 

Time and the treading of small feet should pose no challenge for the KidsUp! landscaping. Andre and island gardening maven Ann Lovejoy drew from a rich palette of shrubs and herbs, to create a space of sensory delights and add some welcome shade. 

Nine new trees dot the playground, including Venus dogwoods, Sugar Tyme crab apples, and vine maples. Four varieties of oregano will provide ground cover, while waves […]

KidsUp! Playground will be a bloomin’ wonder2021-06-25T10:18:46-07:00