Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2018

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44 Landscape Architect and Specifier News a flying saucer, has its own alien greeter housed in plexiglass. The next deck is accessible via ramp or by a series of Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) moon rock steppers and an uneven, challenging lunar surface balance beam. Alternate routing allows wheelchair bound explorers to race side by side. A space shuttle cone roof with a USA flag frames the Rocket Tower full of interactive panels including side-by-side custom space-themed travel panels and the double rocket bubble panel. The ramp under the Solar System sign and post topper leads you to the final and highest deck, where most interactive panels are located, including a color splash, optigear, rock n' ring, chimes, marble and rain-sound panels. These panels, and themed Headline panel, have added language prompts in English and Spanish in support of a partnership with Too Small To Fail, the public action campaign focusing on early childhood literacy. It is also where the most Ground Level Play occurs because the decks are high enough to double up on panels and position play structure seats under the 5' high decks, maximizing play value. This design allows a younger child or a child over-stimulated on the structure to play at ground level, avoiding high activity. A custom flying saucer step climber provides access to the top. The Rollerslide with the most sensory opportunities comes off the step-transfer platform at the highest point. A child can benefit from its proprioceptive stimulation. If they choose to lie under the slide, they will experience the calming effect offered by light reflection emanating through rollers. The Space Sensory Wall is the focal gathering place at the playground and assists children in finding their way back to a familiar element. The solar system supports a tactile sensory environment with a spinning rain-sound wheel and primary color relief for the visually impaired. The rounded side serves as a climber, beginning with Neil Armstrong's steps on the moon! Look hard and you will find buggy tracks and lost objects relatable to children today, such as a cell phone and keyboard. The Moon Rock Abacus supports small rocks threaded onto stainless steel rods. Children, sensitive to touch, may find the smooth rocks comforting, whereas, the rougher texture of the sensory wall may be unbearable due to over-sensitivity. Hypersensitive The Space Sensory Wall is a 6' half circle shaped wall made of GFRC. Painted on one side is the solar system. Gazing balls with reflective surfaces were added to encourage children to explore facial expressions. Continued on page 46

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