Mercy Cares for Kids
Playscape in the heart of Community This childcare center one part of a large charitable organization run by Catholic nuns – the “Sisters of Mercy”. The childcare center sits beside a hospital, a small college, and a retirement home for the nuns. We collaborated to create a new Preschool play area and an Infant-Toddler play area. The project was a huge community-built effort and the bulk of the work was completed by volunteers over a five-day period.
Sherri Warner Hunter. When a child presses the large button a small stream of water spirals out the top and makes its way down into the sand. The children discover that they can pile sand on teh sculpture and divert the water down various different channels and watch as it spills over mosaic’d waterfalls, sea shells, crystals, marbles and other sparkly delights. One the water hits the sand it’s a mudpie delight or a canal-builder’s dream.
Integenerational New trees and a trellis provide shade and places to sit. With it’s close proximity to the retirement home we thought, “what a great intergenerational opportunity!” In the connected corner of the playscape we installed a large screened-in, wheel-chair accessible Gazebo for elders to come out and relax and watch the children at play. Raised planters skirt the perimeter so elders can do a little gardening with children….