Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2019

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 16 p l a y g ro u n d Above: Climbing structures from ID Sculptures and a hillside slide accessed by natural boulder step stones offer nature-based play opportunities. Top, Right: With musical instruments from Percussion Play and an adjacent shelter for community gatherings, the nature-based playground offers a variety of play options for park users. Bottom, Right: Nestled among existing trees, a Frisco Lake Park features ForeverLawn artificial turf that blends in with the surrounding environment, as well as the nature-based play structures. Because the playground offers a neutral, natural backdrop, children at the Frisco Lake Playground can adapt their play according to their ideas, which can be different each time they visit the park. The playground also encourages interaction among children with play equipment (such as the Cloud 9 swing and the sand pit) and musical instruments that encourage use by multiple children at the same time. Since the existing playground was set within a group of mature trees, the new playground was designed around those trees and utilizes the shade they provide to create a comfortable environment both for children at play and for their caregivers. The new footprint did require the city of Olathe's arborists to move one tree, which was relocated on site rather than being cut down. The city of Olathe worked with local playground representative ABCreative to select the specific playground equipment and surfacing. A combination of equipment from ID Sculptures, Berliner, Burke and Percussion Play rounded out the project, with artificial turf surfacing by ForeverLawn. ABCreative was hired to complete the installation. The construction of the playground was a true team effort. In addition to the construction team from ABCreative, during the design and construction process, the city of Olathe's Certified Playground Safety Inspector was tapped to review design drawings and make suggestions to further enhance safety. The city's construction crew assisted with concrete installation, obtained the boulders and sand to create the sand pit, and installed benches for seating around the playground. The city's team of horticulturists established the sod and plantings at the playground. The new playground is directly adjacent to a group picnic shelter, and the existing park also includes a nearly 1-mile paved walking path around the lake featuring outdoor fitness equipment, areas for fishing and a waterside gazebo. While the playground is a new amenity in Olathe's park system, it has already been very well used and well-received by residents of Olathe and surrounding communities. The new playground has enhanced the park even further and drawn families into the outdoors, helping children enjoy and appreciate not only the playground but also the natural environment that surrounds it. 18 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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