Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 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 on page 20 18 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Inspired by the local history, natural systems, culture and industry of the area, this destination playground, situated on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain in south Louisiana, tells the story of the parish (Louisiana's designation for a county) from its beginnings through the 21st century. The playground is located within St. Tammany Parish Recreation District #14's Coquille Park, near Madisonville and was named after Chief Tammand, the Indian chief that the parish was also named after. The goal of the project was to create something special, memorable and iconic in terms of the design, interactive-ness and appeal. Something more than another "out of the catalog" spot to play. The development of this one-acre interpretive play-space required full collaboration between the landscape architect, the local recreation district, product manufacturers and contractors, in order to ensure safety and quality of the play environment, while also developing something with an identity of its own. This is "placemaking" at its best, because even though the final phases of the construction for the playground were just recently completed, the word is out and the playground has already become a destination for families and kids. The site creatively incorporates custom and stock play pieces from Landscape Structures, WaterPlay, No Fault Surfacings and Classic Recreation to create a wet and dry play area that interprets the roots of the local community; or "The Big Easy," as it is known in New Orleans, which refers to the easy-going, laid back attitude of life in that historic, jazzy area of the country. Chief Tammand's Playground p l a y g ro u n d Landscape Architecture by Joseph Furr Design Studio Above: Located outside the town of Madisonville, Louisiana, within the Coquille Parks and Recreation's main park, is Chief Tammand's Playground. The entire 135-acre park and the playground were master planned by Joseph Furr Design Studio of Baton Rouge. The playground was constructed in three phases and incorporates custom and stock play pieces from Landscape Structures, WaterPlay, No Fault Surfacings and Classic Recreation.

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