Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 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 on page 22 20 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The Blue Mound State Park splashpad in Blue Mounds, Wis., is one of 18 splashpads constructed by Ayres Associates in the last nine years. At Blue Mound State Park, the Ayres team of project manager and lead designer Blake Theisen, and civil engineer Katie MacDonald, worked with the state Department of Natural Resources to develop a one-of-a-kind campground-themed splashpad and swimming pool complex that incorporated creative, custom, and kid-friendly elements while blending with the rustic landscape and staying true to the DNR's mission. Fun in the Sun: Splashpad Enhances Park Experience for Patrons The campground-themed splashpad at Blue Mound State Park is really making a splash with its patrons. And how could it not, considering how chock full of fun the water features of the southern Wisconsin splashpad are filled with? Among them are a 14-foot-tall, campfire-themed interactive spray feature, a double-sized tent aimed to soak kids as they shoot through it, water cannons painted to look like chipmunks and squirrels, and giant pine trees that rain water, all guaranteed to keep kids cool – and entertained – all summer long. And it's all by design. Theisen listened to the client's and community's needs and used that information to find the essence of the site it was going into. "We try to have some sort of custom element in every project. I feel pretty strongly that all of our pads should have some individual character," said Theisen. Theisen also designed the Lakeview Park splashpad in nearby Middleton, reported to be one of Blue Mound State Park p l a y g ro u n d by Ayres Associates Above: Blue Mound State Park is a campground-themed aquatic playground located in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. The 14-foot- tall splashpad includes pine trees, a double-sized tent and water cannons. The interactive water features are hydraulically connected and sequenced around the pad.

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