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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Project Team: Owner: City of Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and Community Services (Jay Hart, Director; Dyane Sonier, Resource Development Manager; and John Finley, Project Coordinator) Non-Profit Inspiration Organization: A Park Above, Inc. (Jennie Riedl, Founder and President/CEO) Landscape Architect: Consensus Planning, Inc. (Laurie Firor, PLA, ASLA; Chris Green, PLA, LEED AP, ASLA) Landscape Architecture Sub-Consultant: Surroundings Studio, LLC (Faith Okuma, PLA, LEED AP, AICP) Civil Engineering Consultant: Huitt-Zollars, Inc. (Jarrod Likar, PE) Electrical Engineering Consultant: The Response Group (Al Pielhau) Restroom Building Architect: Ron Montoya Designs, Inc. (Berenice Grijalva) Materials: Landscape Structures: play structures Playworld Systems: play structures Freenotes Harmony Park: musical play Greenfields Outdoor Fitness: fitness equipment Vortex: spraypad equipment Cre8Play: tunnel UltraSite: benches, tables, litter receptacles Wausau Tile: bollards Dero: bike racks Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii nanhoensis) Blue Mist Spirea (Caryopteris clandonensis 'Dark Knight') Leyland Cypress (Cupressus leylandii) Moonglow Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum 'Moonglow') Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) Contractors: General Contractor: BCL Enterprises (Todd Benedetto and Glenn Benedetto) Electrical Contractor: Bixby Electrical Plumbing Contractor: TLC Plumbing & Utility Grading & Drainage Contractors: Joiner Construction, Inc., RMCI, Inc. Artist Installations: Jennie Riedl (mosaic tiles, murals, etc.) Right: Though the site is sloped, it is fully accessible and meets typical playground expectations. Areas are available for parallel, group and solitary play. Volunteers and city staff helped complete the park, and some of the materials were donated. worked to cobble together monetary and material donations, and used city staff and volunteer labor to aid the contractor in completing the park. This level of support and effort by all involved crystallized A Park Above as a true community space. Back to the groundbreaking event… New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez shared a childhood memory of being at the playground while her sister sat on the sidelines in her wheelchair. They were sisters that never had the opportunity to play together at a playground. At A Park Above, this exclusionary scenario is eliminated and the governor, her sister, and the entire community will have the opportunity to play, learn, and grow together. As Albert Einstein said, "Play is the highest form of research!"

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