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 soaring towers of the main playground structure can be seen from all angles of the park. Left: This Mobius custom climber is outfitted with easy-to-grip handholds that mimic climbing surfaces found in nature. The panels on the Mobius climbers are made of recycled, anodized aluminum. September 2017 55 lagoon and many native prairie plantings; a vastly different experience for park users when contrasted with the highly active playground area. Like many parks, the signature feature of the West Commons is the playground. This large interactive playground is designed with a variety of users and spectators in mind, including children with autism. The incidence of autism in Hamilton County is the highest in Indiana. Caves recessed into the playground's boundary wall were included in the design and allow for children on the spectrum to have a private space to withdraw and gather themselves before reentering the playground. This feature, and others, were developed in consultation with the Carmel/Clay Parks' inclusion supervisor, and are a model for future development. The park surrounds a large custom shelter building that serves as a place for picnicking and also houses the parks restrooms and mechanical facilities. The large shelter building is centrally located between the two active spaces of the park, the playground and spray park. The spray park at West Commons is designed to serve residents of local neighborhoods, as well as overflow from the popular waterpark nearby. An outdoor classroom and small amphitheater space provide views of the existing lagoon are the natural Indiana limestone seating blocks built into the hill.

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