Re-posted from the Santa Fe New Mexican article, “Kids play area planned at Audubon,” by Paul Weideman, Oct. 7, 2018– “Some of this stuff that looks like junk over there, the sticks and straw, was used as a popup playground in May,” Jon Hayes, executive director of Audubon New Mexico, said on a September morning at the Randall Davey Audubon Center. “We had 150 people here. It was fun, but it was also about planning. Amy Bell and her firm were able to see how people use the space, what kinds of elements they used.”
Bell, a landscape architect, arborist, and Principal of Groundwork Studio, Albuquerque, is working with Audubon New Mexico to design a nature discovery/play area at the Audubon Center at the end of Upper Canyon Road. In mid-September, Groundwork worked with the Railyard Park Conservancy to plan a pop-up playground — which provides materials and lets kids make their own playground — as part of the Santa Fe Railyard’s 10th-anniversary celebration.