Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2018

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Continued from page 18 p l a y g ro u n d Above: The island features a full size mastodon. It is over 9' tall and had to be placed with a crane because it weighs approximately 2,000 pounds. In front is a sign that provides details of the mastodon and includes a sound element. Top, Right: A 2-5 age structure is located south of the main play structure. There are climbers, two slides and a baby mastodon slide. waiting and postponement, elements of the design had to change a bit, but still remained close to the original spirit of the design. Another challenge that caused some delay in the project was the lack of power. A wind turbine was needed to support power for the island and its interactive elements, yet a suitable one could not be found. The city provided solar panels instead to help. Glacial Drift The play area design focuses on the receding glaciers from the last Ice Age. The play equipment features a 5-12 age structure that ramps up to 5' above the play surface, where kids can step or climb up to higher decks featuring slides, climbers, and other play events such as panels and bridges. Freestanding and functionally linked play events that mimic the flora and fauna of the glacial era surround this main play structure in the upper area of the play space. These feature baby mastodons, coniferous trees, logs and other events. The area also includes a freestanding mastodon slide. The swing area has two belt swings, two tot swings and two ADA accessible swings. Poured-in-place rubber was used not only for safety surfacing but also to mimic melting glaciers. Engineered wood fiber serves as a transition between the rubber surface and the new green landscape. Fossil Dig Sand Area One site that has just been completed on the island is the fossil dig sand area. Adjacent to the main playground area, it features life-size replicas of the actual mastodon fossils (femur, rib and tusk) that were excavated on this site in the 1930's. They are buried in the sand where kids can dig and then identify their finds with a nearby sign. At the time of publication, an elevated table with a mastodon tooth was expected to be installed in order to allow for ADA accessible participation. Bob Collins, founder of RGC Design, expressed his optimism towards the completion of the Mastodon Island stating, "It's going to be a really spectacular recreational amenity for the city and the region." 20 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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