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A Fantastic Concrete Play Bridge in Winnipeg

A large pour was needed to create this bridge in a playgound.

Randall Klassen, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, sent us these photos of a monolithically poured concrete "bridge" over concrete "water" he constructed for Seven Oaks School Division, in northwest Winnipeg.

A view of the bridge over the faux water created so kids can't fall into the water or off of it.

The division asked Klassen Concrete to design and build a safe pond and bridge where children could play, but not have to worry about drowning, Klassen tells us.

The team used Surecrete Eco-Stains and Smith Paints water-based stains to capture the looks of water and wood.

The team used Surecrete Eco-Stains and Smith Paints water-based stains to capture the looks of water and wood, Klassen says. They brushed them on to control the patterns and overlapped to create lighter and darker areas.

We cut away sections of the ‘logs’ by hand while the concrete was still wet to create rot, and we deepened the joints to make the bridge look old.

“We cut away sections of the ‘logs’ by hand while the concrete was still wet to create rot, and we deepened the joints to make the bridge look old,” he says. “The real canoe was just an extra touch of realism.”

They intend to seal the project, but it wasn’t sealed at the time the pictures were taken, he notes.

Realistic planks of a bridge over fake water.

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