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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Centered in a new redevelopment area of San Francisco, Mission Bay Kids' Park responds to the lack of playground space for approximately 800 children in a dense residential neighborhood. The park evolved from a demand by local mothers' groups for a playground that could meet the needs of children of all ages for active play. The park provides a safe place for their children to play and explore in an urban environment as well as a place for the community to gather and hold events. In the response to the large need for play, two thirds of the park is playground, while outside the playground is a lawn, picnic area and plaza for all users. Right: Local artist Neil Curry used willow branches to create a fanciful center maze that includes a hut, arches and walls. Top, Left: Two-thirds of the playground has natural elements and was designed with the themes of water, exploration and discovery in mind. Sand play in the tot area, a perennial favorite, is juxtaposed to modern equipment like the 'We-saw' (very top), a gently rocking seesaw with 4 bucket seats. Left: The playground's picnic area has a fescue grass mound, a lawn, seating boulders, a dry streambed of river rock and bolted down traditional style picnic tables. 76 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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