Wildrock Nature Play Park Audit

Project
Authors:Stoner, Anne Nelson, AR-Environ NegotiationUniversity of Virginia Wright, Carmen, AS-Democracy Initiative Architecture GraduateUniversity of Virginia Willauer, Archer, AR-Planning Dept BU-Parking Operations Architecture GraduateUniversity of Virginia De Mott, Aleksander, AR-Landscape Dept AR-Arch Dept AR-Arch Dept Architecture GraduateUniversity of Virginia Teichman, Theodore, AR-Deans Office PV-Summer & Spec Acad Progs AR-Arch Dept AR-Landscape Dept Architecture GraduateUniversity of Virginia Ende, Logan, Ldsh & Public Policy Grad Architecture GraduateUniversity of Virginia Baxter, Ian, BA-Frank Batten School BA-Frank Batten School Ldsh & Public Policy GradUniversity of Virginia
Abstract:

This project is a collaborative effort between a University of Virginia graduate student team and Wildrock to audit the existing green spaces in Charlottesville as potential sites of nature play. Wildrock is a three-year old nonprofit nature play and discovery center dedicated to promoting nature play for health and happiness through educational, recreational, and therapeutic programs for children. Within the City of Charlottesville, Wildrock works with local schools, non-profits, and public housing communities to create nature play opportunities in urban green spaces. As part of Barbara Brown Wilson’s PLAN 6020 Methods of Community Research & Engagement class, 7 students began this project with the guidance of Wildrock’s executive director, Carolyn Schuyler. The research team is comprised of graduate students at the University of Virginia in Urban and Environmental Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Public Policy programs. The project began on February 11, 2021 and was completed by May 6, 2021.

Keywords:
neighborhoods/place, Wildrock, Charlottesville Parks and Recreation, nature play , risky play, social determinants of health, green space, equity, methods of community engaged research, PLAN 6020
Contributor:Schuyler, CarolynWildrock
Language:
English
Publisher:
University of Virginia
Published Date:
May 10, 2021