The kids love the front play area for the preschool here at the Nature Center. And that’s because of Tim. He listened to our ideas but also offered a lot of creative ideas of his own. He put in huge rocks for the kids to climb on and created a pool to collect rainwater; the water runs down the hill and rocks like a stream would in the wilderness. He created sand play areas nearby. He brought in a really cool concrete tunnel that the kids can climb through. We added garden areas for flowers and vegetables. In the summer, the kids take care of the gardens and, in the fall, we use the vegetables to make snacks. It’s a wonderful natural play area, not your typical playground. Tim came up with an affordable plan just for us and hired the contractors. I always recommend Tim; he’s creative, approachable and he knows his plants!
- Patti Bailie, Former Director, Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool, Bayside, WI
Tim sees a project in a way others wouldn’t. The urban redevelopment educational project which involved naturalized play for children is a good example. He sees opportunities to do things others wouldn’t necessarily see or wouldn’t be part of the typical thought process.
- Chris Hitch, P.E., Vice President, Trio Engineering, Milwaukee, WI
Our outdoor play space had been landscaped 30 years ago and it was not at all conducive to having 30 to 40 toddlers running around on it. There weren’t many opportunities for learning either. Tim completely re-landscaped this dated, grass-worn area into a safer, kid-friendly, durable play space full of fun and educational activities. Tim made it so much more inviting for the kids. He put in an artificial turf called lazy grass and added a padded, rubberized area around the swings with ABCs in it. The pathways are spongy, too. Along the walls, he installed big chalk boards and dry-erase boards; the children can also use chalk on the paths. He created seating around the existing trees to make sure that they would continue to grow. We have a water play area now, too—a table with six sinks where the children can play with sand and bubbles. There’s a giant frog that squirts water so the kids can run around in their bathing suits. Tim understood what we want to do, and that we had to keep costs to a minimum. He made sure that it was exactly what we wanted and also that it would last for years. The staff is thrilled and the kids love it.
- Christine Johnson, Former Director of Development, Penfield Children’s Center, Milwaukee, WI