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 from page 20 p l a y g ro u n d Above: The Cloud 9 swing enables multiple children, including children with special needs, to swing together, developing socialization skills and a sense of balance. Top, Right: The Flubber Cube offers a different climbing and sensory experience. While the 3-dimensional net climbers provide great transparency, the Flubber Cube also provides a feeling of privacy where kids can sit or lay comfortably. Like a big, multi- level trampoline, when a child jumps in one corner, it affects kids throughout the cube with a swaying up-and-down movement. Bottom, Right: Another unique feature of the design is the 30' long net tunnel. Created using a small mesh, the tunnel is 24' in height. It incorporates risk-based play, yet in a safe manner, as the net protects the children. play and climbing opportunities – up, down, side-to-side – that are challenging for users of all ages. In fact, rarely do you find multi- generational structures on a playground. These climbing pyramids are not only accessible, but challenge all ages from young children to teens and even adults. Yet, it's more than simply climbing to thrilling heights; the pyramids offer horizontal and close- to-the-ground play, and the open design (i.e., the lack of platforms inside the structure) encourages interaction among the children, which helps to develop socialization skills. Furthermore, the true 3-dimensional climbers stimulate creativity and cognitive skills, getting kids to think about where they want to go and teaching them to create their own path to get there. To make this even more unique, the pyramids have been customized with numerous climbing elements, such as: a 3-dimensional net, inverted ladders, twisted nets, a climbing rope, chin-up bars, a sway bridge and a wespennest lookout, which is a bird's nest style rope enclosure placed about three feet off the ground and offers kids a place to hang out. If children don't want to climb down, they can always speed down to the ground using the attached 12-foot tall, stainless steel slide. Half open, the ride down is fast and fun! The Cosmo S, a totally round rope play structure designed to provide kids ages two to five with fun and energetic play, has a soft, curved stainless steel tube frame. The Little Big Ben merry-go-round, a spinning island, gives children more of a traditional play piece they can squat or stand on as they spin round and round. Rope-styled playgrounds help children develop their upper body strength and motor skills. Rope also encourages children to interact with each other and is naturally ADA-friendly since the children can enter the structure at any location and climb according to their abilities. Drive down the street and you can't miss these dual climbing pyramids, enticing visitors to stop and explore. Not only is the playground a highlight for the museum, it is also a one-of- kind attraction. And, once you get to the top, you can see the beautiful skyline of downtown Greensboro! 22 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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