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Building
Nature
The Inspire Trail and Nature Kids Discovery Zone combine nature and play
By Carter L. Marshall III
C
an " nature " be built?
The answer may not be as important as why one might ask it.
A recent built space in Colorado highlights that access to " naturalized "
urban landscapes might be almost as good as the real
thing. " Nature, " as it turns out, can be a fluid and fickle concept that eludes
definition and ignores boundaries.
Running by neat rows of neighborly
homes in City of Lafayette,
Colorado, a municipal drainage line
called Drainage #4 had become a
well-trodden route for trespass. Locals
headed across town on foot,
particularly kids headed to and
from school, scrambled on uneven
terrain along social paths made by
necessity to save a few minutes on
the way to their destination.
The Inspire Trail and Nature
Kids Discovery Zone opened to
the
public
in
September 2019.
Fully designed and built natural
resource lands, constructed along
the city's Drainage #4, these unified
projects created opportunity
for lower-income residents to engage
with the natural world in a
densely urbanized area. Barbed
wire fencing and " keep out " signs
were removed to make way for new
natural areas built for exploration
and play. With a mile of new soft
surface trails, meandering streams,
community gathering areas, and
hand-picked logs and boulders,
this invented wilderness created a
brand-new, integrated ecology and
an ever-changing natural space for
people to enjoy daily.
This
important
effort highlights
trends
three
in parks and
recreation:
* It serves as a model for " building
nature " and creating a new urban
wild for people to access.
* It exemplifies green infrastructure
as a better way to envision
underutilized public spaces.
* It showcases nature play as an
impactful way to introduce kids
and families to the natural world.
An Inspired Vision
This project is remarkable in that it
resulted in a new natural resource
area that did not exist previously.
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