Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2018

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Coast is a rep for a handful of recreation equipment and site amenities manufacturers including Landscape Structures, which they have exclusive representation for in five counties in Southern California. They usually collaborate with the designers at the manufacturing company to plot out play areas within renderings from landscape architects. Top: In Temecula, Calif., Veterans Park needed a playground upgrade and the city wanted it to be themed. Coast Recreation, a manufacturer's rep for Landscape Structures playground equipment won the RFP (request for proposal) design contest with the help of designers from the equipment manufacturer. The 50' x 50' play area includes a jet-shaped climber and a play structure with silhouettes of armed forces personnel, the emblems of the six branches and messages of appreciation – with one tower crowned by a metal representation of a military plane. Inset: The play structure was built from steel, aluminum, roto-molded plastic, permalene plastic and nylon cabling, with wood chips for its safety surface. The double swoosh slide, which because of its steep angle provides a fast descent, was meant to represent the speed of jet fighters. 36 Landscape Architect and Specifier News A Fun Salute by Mike Dahl, LASN What should a park named "Veterans" include? A military-themed play area for 5- to 12-year-olds and fitness stations for the older crowd of course. And given those broad guidelines, Coast Recreation created a design that won the city of Temecula, California's RFP (request for proposal) contest. "They (landscape architects) typically want the manufacturer or manufacturer's rep to be responsible for everything inside the play area for liability reasons," relates Gregg Rogers, an owner at Coast, which is a partnership. "They don't have the time or the expertise to meet all the codes and all the regulations, nor do they want to. That's why they get our designers involved to lay it out and make sure all the equipment fits." Continued on page 38

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