From 9 a.m. to about 11 a.m. on Saturday Van Etten Elementary School students and volunteers worked to put up a unique play-space.
Taking living willow branches freshly cut from a nearby swamp in Spencer, the group of children and volunteers, spearheaded by Rusty Keeler, worked together to make a small hut. The children put in just as much work as the adults, giving them the accomplishment of building their own play area.
The hut, a design from Keeler’s company Planet Earth Playscapes, uses the freshly cut branches in the hope that the root and then grow new leaves and blossom creating a mass of green. An all natural play-space that will provide shade and hopefully stimulate the children’s imagination.
A similar project was undertaken at Syracuse University though at a much larger scale.