Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2017

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54 Landscape Architect and Specifier News In 2013, the city of Carmel, Ind., began planning a large-scale destination playground in its Central Park. The play space would expand the Monon Community Center, which featured a fitness center, pool, and tennis and basketball courts. The Community Center had already become a gathering space for residents, and it made sense to the city to leverage that with additional outdoor play spaces. The West Commons area of Central Park in Carmel, Ind., is designed to serve as a regional park in its own right. During the site development phase, the Schneider's landscape architecture team and Carmel/Clay Parks confirmed the key elements that would make up this portion of the park. This included a large playground, spray park, picnic shelters, restroom, a play meadow, small amphitheater, parking and boardwalk connections to the existing lagoon. The challenge for the design team was to fit the large playground into a location that is a mix of restored native habitats. It was designed to present fun and functionality, while preserving the surrounding natural areas. This was accomplished by nestling the playground area in to the topography and buffering it with an existing hillside. A perch located above the lagoon provides for an overlook, with views of the This large interactive playground is designed with a variety of users and spectators in mind, including children with autism.

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