Designed by Kids, for Kids!

061dfgh716_Newsworthy.jpgKids played central role in our public engagement effort to plan for replacement of the French Creative Play Area. Our goal was to replace the old play area with a new facility that meets the needs of our diverse customer base, and since our primary customer group is kids, that's where we started the process - talking to kids of all ages!

Three Rivers places a high priority on transparency and outreach, so we also talked to parents, grandparents, teachers, field trip students 061716_Newsworthy.jpgand summer camp participants. In addition to engaging the general public, we invited a group of 20 kids to be part of the design team throughout the two-year implementation process. This “Kid Task Force” was a third grade class from Park Brook Elementary School in Brooklyn Park. The school principal was very supportive, and committed to give the kids this unique opportunity, so our Three Rivers design team gained much-needed insight from the kids’ perspective.

Children who were part of our “Kid Task Force” had the opportunity to: (1) participate in the design process, which began on a 0617mnb16_Newsworthy.jpgfield trip to the existing play area, (2) attend various workshops, including a construction site visit in 2017, (3) learn about various careers from designers, project managers, parks and recreation, community engagement, and (4) celebrate the grand opening with us in 2018. Members of the Kid Task Force will be in fifth grade by the completion of the project, and we hope to all be able to look back on this experience and say that this was truly a creative play area designed by kids, for kids!

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John Gunyou
Three Rivers Parks Board Chair