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Street Address: 2340 River Road
Location: West end of River Road at the north end of West Dyke Trail
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Recreation Area: Thompson
Construction Notice: Please be advised that the ‘Tree House’ tower and tube slide are currently closed for renovations.
The renovations to the tower will ensure that this unique play environment feature continues to be safe and fun.
The work will take place in 2019. Continue to visit this webpage and the Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment for updates.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
The Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment is a play experience unique to the Lower Mainland. It is the result of an extensive and highly successful community planning process, and reflects the agricultural traditions of the area and complements the City’s growing collection of innovative parks. The play environment represents a major departure from other contemporary playgrounds in that most of the features are custom designed and manufactured using British Columbia sourced Yellow Cedar and sustainable design practices, rather than conventional, ‘off the shelf’ metal and plastic products.
Equally important the design of the Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment responds to concerns that have been raised among various professionals that children and adults are increasingly becoming disconnected from nature. In his book ‘Last Child in the Woods’ Richard Louv refers to this disconnection as “Nature-Deficit Disorder”. The City’s hope is that by constructing a dynamic play environment amongst trees and former farm fields, with a wide range of wildlife nearby, and adjacent to the Fraser River, one of the world’s great salmon producing rivers, we can help reconnect people with nature. And have fun in the process.
The Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment is organised into two distinct zones: The ‘Paddock’ which was once home to horses and stables, now includes:
The ‘Homestead’, the site of a former farm house, includes:
- tandem 35m long ziplines (8yrs +)
- 3m high ‘big’ swings (8yrs +)
- a ‘pivot’ swing (5yrs +)
- a twisting stainless steel hillside slide!(5yrs +)
- a rolling hill to hop, skip and bound down (2yrs +) and,
- a meadow maze (2yrs +).
A custom designed 10m tall ‘Tree House’ with four platforms, a central rope ladder, and a stainless steel spiral slide (8yrs +)The Log Jam: A climbable timber structure (5yrs +)An ‘aerial’ rope walkway (5yrs +)The ‘Spinnery’ (5yrs +) A farm inspired water and sand play area (2yrs +) andA timber swing for the young ones (2yrs +)
REMINDER:Terra Nova Rural Park is a NO DOGS ALLOWED area, as per City of Richmond Animal Control Bylaw 8612.
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