Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 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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supply the equipment that would sit at the center of this special park. The custom designed playgrounds by this U.S. company and a European playground manufacturer, along with the manmade rocks, boulders and fallen trees, as well as the special shade structures throughout the play area, all work to add to the exciting space. With the addition of colorful pour-in-place rubber surfacing coupled with synthetic turf mounds, the play area is designed for access for people of all abilities. It's common to see the children sliding down the man-made turf hills as part of the enjoyment in the park - just one more design element that was added through the planning process. The manufacturer's team of sales representatives and designers were able to help the city through the design process to ensure the new playgrounds would serve its intended purpose of inclusiveness. This can be seen throughout the park with many details; from the colors of the park to all ability play pieces. For example, the swaying, bouncing, wheelchair-accessible glider makes play exciting for all kids. Two large side benches include springs for added motion, exterior standing ledges provide additional space, plus handles for gripping and pushing. The push-pull motion of the glider helps kids develop balance, coordination, eye tracking and muscle tone. Wheelchair access ensures that all children have the chance to feel the exhilaration of moving through space in fun, enriching ways! The sand offers a unique tactile play opportunity to engage the senses at different heights. Children can enjoy the nurturing and valuable elements that allow for digging, pouring, sifting, and scooping sand. Left: The ramps were positioned to direct movement and allow for a child in a wheelchair to access the playground from ground level up to a 6' elevated level. Right: In the sand play area, the inclusive sand flower was specifically designed with multiple access points, and offers sensory play for children with varied developmental and physical needs. Kids can enjoy tactile play elements, including the sand diggers, at the "just right" height for everyone. The divided sections also enable children to play among peers while staying in their own personal space. 66 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Continued on page 68

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