Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2017

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Omaha, Nebraska (pop. 408,958) is centrally located on the eastern border of the state. The "Big O," also historically known as the "Gateway to the West," is on the western banks of the Missouri River; Iowans live on the eastern bank of the river. The oldest city park in Omaha is Hanscom Park, established in 1872. A new earth themed playground for the park was recently completed. The focus of this feature, however, is the 25-year old playground at Benson Park that was removed and replaced with a new 9,500 square foot play area. The playground improvements to the park, which is about 4 mile straight shot north of the University of Nebraska Omaha campus, were focused around creating a play environment to provide access to all users and provide many opportunities for play and other recreation in a concentrated area within the park. The new playground offers a balance of accessible play mixed with more challenging play elements. Dragonfly and butterfly post toppers tie the play structure into the park setting and also the adjacent spray ground. Highlights of the play area include a large play structure, which is fully accessible via ramps that connect the play features together. The ramps begin at ground 58 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Benson Park ALLPLAY Sports Complex Landscape Architect: John Williams, PLA, ASLA, City of Omaha Parks, Recreation & Public Property PHOTOS: GRACE BRADFORD, CITY OF OMAHA PARKS

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