Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 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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Above: The prominent 30' tall volcano has fog machines and an acoustic sound system to replicate regularly scheduled eruptions. Within the volcano are accessible ramps leading to an elevated Jurassic themed fort/ play structure that overlooks the park. The Jurassic Fort has safe elevated vantage points, tactile creatures and spiral slides down to the lower playground. 48 Landscape Architect and Specifier News management during construction to ensure the execution of the original project vision. The city worked with general contractors J.P. Excavating Inc. during phase 1 of the project, which involved mass grading, utilities, parking, train tunnels and other preliminary construction. During phase 2 of the construction, Bud Mahas Construction worked with the city to perform the detailed work and complete the park as it exists today. Children with special needs can find it difficult to play on standard playground equipment, limiting the benefits of the social, physical and emotional interaction that play offers. Thunder Junction was specifically designed and constructed to accommodate children with special needs and abilities, allowing them to join family and friends in exploring and experiencing the park together. The park was always intended to provide a multitude of interactive and immersive elements and opportunities for kids of all ages and abilities to play and learn together. The park also serves as a gathering place for families of children with special needs so that they can meet and receive support from each other as well as from formal support groups. Thunder Junction is different from most all-abilities playground in that it isn't based on premanufactured post and platform play apparatuses. And many of the play pieces on the playground serve dual purpose— play and physical therapy. The playground includes pieces from Landscape Structures, GameTime, Themed Concepts and Cemrock. Play pieces include the wheelchair accessible

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