Landscape Architect & Specifier News

FEB 2016

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(Continued on page 20) p l a y g ro u n d Above A developer was supposed to build a new playground as part of a residential subdivision in Henderson, Nev., but the project was put on the back burner because of the economic turmoil of the late 2000s. It was resurrected a few years ago, as the Clark County School District, the city of Henderson and Southwick Landscape Architects worked jointly to see it through. Reunion Trails Park is the newest addition to Henderson's park system. Since it opened in December 2011, Reunion Trails has been a popular recreational stopover for locals. Reunion Trails Park in Henderson, Nev., is the result of a joint effort between a state agency, a municipality and Southwick Landscape Architects, the lead designer. Located just south of Las Vegas, Reunion Trails was built on part of a 14-acre parcel. Ten acres are owned by the Clark County School District and slated for a new elementary school. The remaining four acres are owned by the city of Henderson. Most of the playground sits on the city-owned portion, with the exception of the exercise equipment, which was placed on the school district's property. "The main goal was to design all of the permanent facilities on the four-acre city portion, and keep other elements on the school property usable but easily removable if and when the elementary school is built," said Stanton Southwick, owner of Southwick Landscape Architects. A developer of a nearby residential subdivision was supposed to have built the playground, but the economic turmoil of a few years ago forced the project to the back burner. Eventually, the city of Henderson took over the four-acre portion and developed Reunion Trails after a series of neighborhood meetings. Along the way, Southwick Landscape Architects was hired to oversee the landscaping design and build. "Our design team focused on providing the greatest quantity of amenities for the largest range of users as possible to help pacify the neighbors who had gone for years without the promised park," Southwick said. The 10-acre school portion is mainly an open grass play area with a single backstop in one corner. Non- irrigated native revegetation surrounds the perimeter of the grass area. A dog park is also on the school property, and the lighting system is solar so it can be easily removed and reused when the new elementary school is built. Reunion Trails serves as a central starting point for three converging trail systems. Since its opening in December 2011, Reunion Trails has become one of the most popular parks in the city of Henderson. Southwick developed Reunion Trails around an M.C. Escher theme. There are many Escher-style patterns in the walkways, walls, playground equipment and site furniture. Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is one of the world's most famous graphic artists. His art is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. "We worked with an artist who developed three mosaic tile lizard patterns, each 14 feet long, in the By Michael Miyamoto, LASN / Landscape Architecture by Southwick Landscape Architects, Henderson, Nev. Reunion Trails Park, Henderson, Nev. 18 Landscape Architect and Specifier News PHOTO CREDIT: SOUTHWICK LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

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