Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 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 historic steam locomotive #2355 was built in 1912. It is estimated to have operated for several million miles before being decommissioned in 1957. Originally it was slated to be scrapped, but was instead donated to the city of Mesa in 1958. Top, Right: Elevated walkways provide a multi-dimensional experience with access to play features along the way. They also produce shade for park users and protect the root system of the historic trees by lifting the play elements up from the ground level with carefully planned supports. Bottom, Right: A splash pad is situated along the renovated central spine, giving interactive light displays on the water wall, which is visible from Main Street. are a rarity in Arizona's desert environment. Driven by the idea to protect and celebrate the historic trees, Dig Studio created an iconic play experience, with an immersive tree canopy, accessible along a 500-foot-long elevated 'play connector' walkway. The 'play connector' is multifaceted, providing a lofty walk through the leafy canopies and a unique bird's eye view of the park. All of the play elements and walkway supports had to be strategically sited to protect and preserve the root zones of these legacy trees and to allow for the continued use of flood irrigation. Additionally, over one hundred new trees now populate the park and will ultimately grow up to continue the park's forest legacy. The elevated walkway provides accessibility, inviting exploration for all ages and abilities. It twists around play structures and bridges at different levels with pathways creating multiple loops and routes to foster an active imagination. The experience becomes a three-dimensional figure eight that links play with the park's central spine, group ramadas, water plaza, and iconic shade canopy. Reinforcing the amazing medley of old and new, revitalization and preservation, the park includes updates to two historic features. A monument to early settlers by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers was made more engaging. And, thanks to the 'Save Our Train' committee who raised private funds, a major renovation to the historic Southern Pacific Engine #2355 was completed. The park's original design included a central axial spine connecting two great lawns punctuated with a variety of shade trees. The historic layout was preserved and repurposed, with a new central water plaza and interactive light display that serves as a focal point from nearby Main Street. Reinvigorating the central walkway esplanade organized the park, drawing people from one end to the other and providing a generous space for programmed activities at the core of the park. Pioneer Park has served as a link between generations, engaging families while also encouraging movement and activity. The layout encourages social interaction in a collective pursuit of fun, relaxation and camaraderie. The renovated park was officially unveiled during a grand opening in December 2017. 22 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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