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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60 Landscape Architect and Specifier News water play features. The theme for the spray ground is a pond, which is conveyed through the surfacing and the custom painted water features. The surface of the spray ground uses polymer pebble-like surfacing and is designed with waves of light blue, dark blue, green and lily pad accents. The custom painted water features exhibit cattails, grasses, flowers, lady bugs and other insects. A large 15' x 50' shade canopy is provided at the edge of the spray ground to give some relief from the sun. Finally, a large 1,070 square foot fishing pier was installed into the existing pond and near the playground and spray ground. The pier features a roof covering about half the pier and has multiple areas for wheel chair accessible fishing. Improvements to Benson Park began in the spring of 2013 with upgrades to the picnic areas, which included a large picnic shelter, accessible picnic pads with accessible tables and grills, additional walking trails and improvements to the parking areas. In the fall of 2014 renovations began on the playground, spray ground and fishing pier. All the above improvements were completed in the spring of 2015 and everything is open and already being used heavily! Funding Support City of Omaha Park, Recreation & Public Property Robert B. Daughtery Foundation Bruce & Sheila Froendt Peter Kiewit Foundation William & Ruth Scott Family Foundation The Lozier Foundation Sherwood Foundation Landscape Architect: John Williams, PLA, ASLA, City of Omaha Parks, Recreation & Public Property General Contractor: Dostals Construction Playground Equipment: Miracle Recreation, Distributed by Crouch Recreation Spray Ground Equipment: Water Odyssey, Distributed by Crouch Recreation Site Furnishings: Miracle Recreation, Distributed by Crouch Recreation Above: The ALLPLAY Miracle League baseball field is a $125,000 rubberized surface that measures 110' down both lines and 125' to dead center. The color scheme replicates not only the "grass" areas of a baseball field, but the batters box, base paths and pitchers mound. The bases and field markings are painted onto the field, as is the flat pitchers "mound." The shaded, expansive player benches are 30' x 15'. An electronic scoreboard (wireless controls) and PA system round out the amenities. Left: Near the playground and spray ground is a 1,070 sq. ft. wheelchair-accessible fishing pier that extends out into the pond. A roof shades about half the pier.

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