Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 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 In October 2016, the Greensboro Children's Museum in North Carolina launched its "Reaching Greater Heights" capital campaign to help fund the museum's expansion efforts. The first phase of this expansion included an outdoor classroom, a redesigned museum entrance and a brand new outdoor play plaza. The vision for the new Outdoor Play Plaza was to have an area with a theme-park feel, something that was more of a destination rather than a collection of swings, slides and spinners on the playground. It needed to be something that would bring visitors in, something that no one else had. The Berliner team designed a revolutionary solution, a playground with an amusement park feel, by putting not just one 30' Neptun XXL on the playground, but two and then connecting the structures with a 30' long tunnel! With only 12 of the single Neptun XXL structures worldwide (just two in the United States), the team had created something that no one else has ever done before on the playground, and combined them. These sculptural additions to the landscape provide children with plenty of ways to challenge themselves, make independent decisions and build their self-confidence. The two 30' tall structures, taller than most two-story houses, are metal with rope netting inside and each has a play volume for more than 200 kids. Children can climb to great heights on these tall climbers without compromising their safety, helping them get physically active as they experience all types of climbing. And, even though the pyramids are 30-feet tall, the maximum fall height is 6'1". The Neptun XXL structures offer unlimited Greensboro Children's Museum Playground p l a y g ro u n d by Berliner Seilfabrik Play Equipment Corporation Above: May 13, 2017 marked the grand opening of the new Greensboro Children's Museum Outdoor Play Plaza located in Greensboro, N.C. It features two 30' tall rope-pyramids that are connected at the tops by a net tunnel and was designed for children of all skill levels. With the installation of this playground, Berliner Selifabrik Play Equipment had manufactured something that is the only one of its kind in the world; two 30' pyramids connected by a rope tunnel that is 24' above the ground.

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