About Us

Playground Design by Earthartist

In business since 2003, we are one of the only fully licensed Landscape Architecture playground design firms in Canada to specialise in the design and development of natural playgrounds and outdoor learning environments for private and public schools, daycare centres, ECE teaching facilities, institutions, and municipalities. Our play components can include earth shapes and earth sculptures, native vegetation (including trees, shrubs, grasses, flowers), as well as boulders, rock structures and plantings to create natural fences and play opportunities.

Mike Salisbury is a fully licensed OALA Landscape Architect, a Registered Playground Safety Inspector recognised by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services as well as an OPA Accredited Accessibility Practitioner / Playground Designer. Mike is currently completing his Masters in Planning (MPlan) at the University of Guelph, is a former City Councillor and past Board Member of the Grand River Conservation Authority.

Prior to founding Earthartist, Mike worked for several high profile international planning, design and environmental firms including the Shanghai office of EDAW designing large scale urban parks and recreation projects across mainland China.


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We are physically located in Guelph Ontario about an hour west of Toronto, however we provide hands on personal service for clients across North America including both Canada and The U.S.A. Please call or email us if you have any questions or are considering updating to a natural playground. Preliminary consultations are always no-charge.

Playground Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability

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All of our playground designs meet or exceed CSA-Z614 and ASTM F 1487-07 playground safety standards and adhere to “Annex H” guidelines for children’s play space accessibility. We feel strongly that playgrounds should be available to all children regardless of limitation or ability. We follow the ODA and the ADA Accessibility Act as our minimum requirements for accessible design. Earthartist has been a corporate member of the Canada Green Building Council since 2009 and takes a meaningful commitment to stewardship practices and sustainability through all business operations.

Meaningful Consultation and Engagement

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We believe that exciting and creative designs can only be achieved when users and stakeholders are thoroughly engaged in the design process. We utilise a wide range of highly effective facilitation and public consultation processes including; workshops, design charettes, questionnaires, public meetings, board and council presentations, direct student engagement and curriculum integration.