Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2015

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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70 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Right The children's play area includes a seesaw, plenty of slides, and a "Spinami" upright spinning whirl structure, visible to the left. Xgrass artificial turf on top of a 2" foam pad was used around the playground areas. Jet black steel posts use stainless steel bolts to attach to the fire orange, aquatic blue, and lime green canopies that shade the play areas. (Continued on page 72) The driving factor for the park was to leave a large enough open space for sports and live events such as concerts. The church decided to create an open grass area where a stage could be set up, allowing the sports field to double as an amphitheater. Another significant part of the design was the grand entry, which includes a fountain for baptisms and permanent seating for gatherings. Creation KDG created a prominent and inviting entrance to the church, including raised planters with Royal palms that extend from the parking lot to the front doors. A courtyard gathering space includes built-in pavilion type seating for 200 for before and after mass. The focal point of this space is a central fountain used for baptisms. Large crape myrtle trees were placed in a gridded pattern amongst tables and chairs, next to Tony & Ada's Café. This quick service restaurant named after two of the church's founding members serves handcrafted coffee drinks and gourmet snacks. The playground area features different play structures for different age groups. The young teen area includes a large web-like climbing apparatus shaded by an aquatic blue canopy. The children's playground features multiple slides, a rock climber, a seesaw, and ADA rhythm spinner panels. Both playgrounds are shaded with bright sail-like canopies from Shade Systems. In addition to these covered play spaces, there are swings for all ages, including a tire swing, tot swing, and ADA compliant swing. A multi-purpose field provides expansive lawn areas for team sports Above The park features two unique playground areas, one designed for children and the other designed for young teens. This large web-like climbing apparatus for young teens was made through collaboration between KDG, Playmore Recreational Products, and Playworld Systems. Brightly colored sail-like canopies from Shade Systems cover both play areas.

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