Nature play spaces are open. These high-traffic areas are not sanitized but can be enjoyed safely by adhering to the following guidelines:
- Wear a mask - Masks must be worn at all times. Do not eat or drink inside the playground to ensure masks are worn at all times.
- Actively supervise children at all times
- Maintain distance - Keep a physical distance of 6 feet between individuals from different households and prevent crowding of children.
- Stay home if you are sick
- Wash or sanitize hands frequently
- Share the space - Avoid over-crowded areas and limit the time of your visit when others are waiting so everyone can enjoy the playground.
The Chicago Park District is helping to reconnect children with nature in our city and the heritage of our parks by providing valuable outdoor space for communities in Chicago to have positive, hands-on experiences in nature. Spontaneous, self-guided nature play by children has a beneficial impact on their health, attention and stress levels.
Nature Play Spaces are designed for play with elements of nature that can be manipulated and moved. Each space is a collaborative community effort, unique to the ecology of the site and the needs of the residents of each neighborhood. Designing, planting, building, and caring for a Nature Play Space is an ongoing creative project that can be a rewarding multi-generational effort.
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