Kids playing in Humboldt Park Montessori's nature play area. Credit: Humboldt Park Montessori

EDGEWATER — A nature-focused playground is coming to Edgewater’s Senn Park, and neighbors can weigh in on its design at a community meeting this weekend.

Neighbors are working to bring a nature play space to Senn Park, the green space adjacent to Senn High School. The nature play area is planned for a grassy area next to Senn Park’s existing playground near the corner of Elmdale and Greenview avenues, a spokesperson for the Park District confirmed.

Nature play areas included movable recreational items that are often found in nature, including logs and sticks, stones and other natural elements. The play area’s features are meant to be movable, allowing kids to get creative in their interactions with natural elements, according to the Park District.

The Park District’s nature team will join neighbors for a community meeting 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Senn Park’s playground, 1531 W. Elmdale Ave., according to Ald. Andre Vasquez’s 40th Ward office.

The meeting is being held to discuss the design and play elements that will be included in the playground. Local kids are invited to attend and work with the district’s nature specialists to try out materials and elements of the playground, according to Vasquez’s office.

Feedback collected at this weekend’s meeting will be explored further by park officials and discussed at a future community meeting, according to the Park District.

Nature play areas are community-driven improvements to local parks. Other area parks that have nature play areas are Rogers Park’s Leone Beach Park and West Ridge’s Indian Boundary Park and West Ridge Nature Park.

For more on how to bring a nature play space to a local park, click here.

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