We are in the Running for a LA 2050 Grant!! Please vote for us before the deadline of Tuesday September 16th at Noon! If we receive this grant we will launch into phase 2 which means A PERMANENT ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND IN VAL VERDE!
Here’s a little bit more about the projects we are using the grant money for:
We are working within three start-up phases. Phase 1 consists of holding pop-up adventure playgrounds in the Santa Clarita Valley for awareness building of self-directed play, connecting with the community, finding partners who support our mission, marketing our initiative, and to purchase property for a future permanent adventure playground and play education site.
Since March of 2014 we have been holding pop-ups on a regular basis in the Santa Clarita Valley in partnership with the City of Santa Clarita, The Art Tree, and Pop-up Adventure Play’s U.S. tour. The pop-ups usually consist of; 2 to 3 devoted playworkers, a small space, loads of boxes, string, fabric, used or recycled materials and a few hours allowing all who come by to make, create, and invent.
In February 2014 Jeremiah Dockray and Erica Larsen, founders of SCV Adventure Play, purchased a nearly 2 acre, 30 year abandoned, park in Val Verde, CA as the future site of “Eureka Villa” a permanent adventure play space and hopeful hub of study and education in the movement to offer non-product based activity for children and adults alike.
We are now entering phase 2 which is devoted to developing the park and expanding the pop-ups within and beyond Santa Clarita Valley. Regarding the park, we are researching and quoting various improvements for it to be made available for the public. This includes arborist assessments on the nearly 30 various types of trees on the property, re-fencing the parameter, brush clearance, and hopefully water setup and power accessibility. Once this cleanup is done, we will hold a soft opening of the Adventure Playground. For the Pop-ups, this includes the purchase of a “Pop-up Truck”, a box truck to be used as storage and transportation (currently all materials are stored in the founder’s garage and is loaded and unloaded into their cars for each pop-up).
Phase 3 is to formalize the park and launch a playwork program. In this phase, our goal is to develop the space as a community, build bathroom facilities on the property, begin an educational program specializing in playworking, and open fully to the public as an adventure playground and gathering space. We were advised by the Pop-up Adventure Play group and Grant Lambie, a play space developer, to keep our evolution organic and allow the community to develop the space as much as possible which means this phase is largely determined by the community surrounding and engaging with the space.
Here are some walk throughs of the future Eureka Villa:
On Main Street
between Lyons and 9th Street
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m
Thanks to our friends at the Art Tree we are going to take over an area to Adventure play and once the sun goes down… we will play with light and material, maybe even some photography. Who knows!! :D
Do let us know if you would like to volunteer your time to help us gather materials, setup or take down.
Here’s more on the JAM sessions:
Arbor Day Festival April 12th at Central Park!!
Jeremiah was there for fort making!! Lots of twigs and fabric, string and wood was played with and kids and adults alike had a blast creating all sorts of things. There was a viral push for bow and arrows using just string and 2 sticks, but kids pushed the boundaries of the concept. See some of the amazing creations below.
Here’s more information on the festival too:
Come join us next year!
On March 8th and 9th we held a TWO DAY Pop-up Adventure Playground in Newhall! Day one was at Newhall Park and day two at A Little Patch of Earth Preschool and it went smashingly! We were also lucky enough to have in our presence THREE playworkers from the UK’s Pop-up Adventure Play! Here are some pictures documenting the fun that was had and the creations that were made.
Here is the flyer for our upcoming Pop-up Adventure Playground hosted by A Little Patch of Earth Preschool and Jeremiah and Erica Dockray.