Landscape Architect & Specifier News

APR 2017

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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Continued from page 20 22 Landscape Architect and Specifier News hundreds of visitors daily during the summer," said Janet Meisel-Burns, project manager, city of Loveland. "Because of its southern orientation, the climbing wall is warm and inviting all year round." Additionally, traditional play equipment, including spinners, swings, a tube slide from the rocks, and oxen spring riders leading a toddler Conestoga wagon feature, engages children. Native boulders in the rubber poured- in-place safety surfacing provide play opportunities and incidental seating. In addition to picnic shelters near the playground, a fabric tensile shade structure provides relief from the sun. The landscape design includes native species on the hillsides and in perimeter areas that do not receive heavy foot traffic. Turf, shrubs, perennials and trees near the edges of the playground, provide visual interest and shade. Trees and shrub beds in the play area were strategically located to avoid the natural flow of children running from one play event to the next. "The value Mehaffey Park brings to the community is immeasurable," McKenzie said. "It brings families, neighbors and strangers together to have fun, picnic, play, exercise and enjoy the natural setting. We are very pleased with the positive feedback from the community, and excited about the incredible amount of use it is experiencing." Design Team Logan Simpson landscape architects and designers: Kurt Friesen, PLA; Jana McKenzie, FASLA, PLA; Kelly Smith; Steve Sigler, PLA. General contractor: ECI Site Construction Mgnt. Owner: city of Loveland, Colo. Project manager: Janet Meisel-Burns, RLA, ASLA, city of Loveland, Colo. Left: Tatonka Playgrounds installed the poured-in- place rubber safety surface, while Bedrock Slingers put in the engineered wood fiber safety surface, also called Fibar. PHOTO CREDIT: LOGAN SIMPSON Top, Right: Children can climb the stairs, the walkway or the outside of the rock outcrop, and then run back and forth across a rope and wood bridge manufactured by InCord. The bridge connects to a custom-made tree house built by Landscape Structures. The climbing wall and spiraling walkway overlook the route of the historic Overland Trail, which is subtly marked with artwork, and gaps in the topography and shrub beds. PHOTO CREDIT: LOGAN SIMPSON Bottom, Right: From the face of the rock wall, water spills from a weir into a streambed made of Sandscape concrete with embedded cobble. The streambed wraps around the tree house. During the warm summer months, the waterfall turns on every 20 minutes for approximately five minutes. Kids of all ages wait for the water to suddenly appear out of the rock wall, and experiment with the sheet of water as it falls. PHOTO CREDIT: CITY OF LOVELAND p l a y g ro u n d Muskogee Mountain rose Rosa woodsii Silver Grass Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Zebra' Bur Oak Quercos macrocarpa Blue Grama Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' Skyline Honey Locust Gleditsia tricanthos 'Skyline'

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