Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2018

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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Continued from page 18 p l a y g ro u n d Above: To help manage stormwater the playground surface tiles are pitched toward the perimeter fence, facilitating runoff into the newly installed planter beds. Top, Right: Custom serpentine benches (Sitecraft) offer group seating. The spray pad (Vortex nozzles) is sited in the sunny northeast corner of the park. Bottom, Right: The playhouse allows for imaginative play, an important alternative to purely physical play pieces. shower to evoke a 'natural' feel in this small box-like setting. The new design is centered around the existing plum tree near the center of the site. A custom serpentine bench by Sitecraft provides a group-seating cove on axis to the entrance. The play area is defined by the curvilinear pathway inlaid with marbleized safety surface tiles, which have a grain bias working in direction with the asphalt block pavers. The offset basket weave pavement gives a pleasant directional flow through the site. The play unit is a combination of two styles offered by the manufacturer and is designed to maximize play opportunities in the available space. Its colors have been chosen to match the foliage of the plum tree. To increase sustainability and help manage stormwater, rain gardens were added to the playground. The entire site has been pitched toward the front, feeding the plant beds just inside the perimeter fence. Plants were chosen to enhance the existing site plantings. All of the new planting choices had previously been planted on the site, with the exception of eastern redbuds in the group seating area, which were selected for their easy maintenance and complementary dialogue with the existing plum tree. No other new species have been introduced to the project. The design and reconstruction for this project was funded by City Council member Christine Quinn in the amount of $1.4 million. Team List NYC Parks Designer: Christopher M. Crowley, RLA NYC Parks Supervisors: Nancy Prince, RLA, Gus Frindt, RLA, Andrew Penzi, RLA, Alex Hart, RLA, Leslie Peoples, RLA, Desmond Spillane, David Carlson, RLA, Charles McKinney NYC Parks Resident Engineer: Priya Ganesalingam, William Leong, Charles Tesler, RLA, Rock Massillon Contractor: WBE Unlimited Contractor Foreman: Damiano Di Giola Photographs @ NYC Parks 22 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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