Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2014

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 22) p l a y g ro u n d and sand, and finally a mountainous net climber (Kompan). The tracks for the train are cut into the surface to follow along the loop. Swings, a spinning 'Supernova' structure and additional climbers fill out the play area. Safety surfacing for the site was split between poured in place rubber and engineered wood fiber. The rubber surfacing was selected for heightened accessibility, and to bring additional color into the playground. Most of the features are accessible via the rubber surfacing, though some of the climbers sit above the wood fiber surfacing, which was incorporated to meet budget constraints. ADA-accessible features added to the site include a sway fun glider, which can accommodate two wheelchairs; a ramped composite structure, accessible swing and sand digger, and rubber safety surfacing that connects the features provide entry and approachability for visiting children of all ability levels. When the park reopened in September 2013, city officials recognized the staff and volunteers that made the upgrades to Friends Park possible, and included a rededication to those responsible for the park's inception in 1995. Local children were excited to gain access to the park, especially sisters Ari and Hayden Rosen, as the latter is restricted to a wheelchair. Six-year-old Ari couldn't wait to visit the park with her older sister, who could join her on the Friends Park's features and play structures for the first time. Above, Left The primary play structure (Playworld) includes a wide ramp that allows for wheelchair entry. The structure features slides, climbing elements and multiple observation decks above a bed of engineered wood fiber. Above, Right The "Sway Fun" glider (left) is accessible from the ramped boat platform and accommodates up to two wheelchairs. The Glencoe park district worked with RGC Design to fashion a play area that would meet the needs of children of all ability levels. Middle The play area at the park increased from about 7,800 square feet to more than 10,000 square feet. The park's original sand surfacing, which was messy and limited access, was replaced with a mix of poured in place rubber safety surfacing and engineered wood fiber. The rubber surfacing provides access to the play features, and the wood fiber sits below the climbing structures. Bottom The train car play structures sit above tracks built into the safety surfacing, which travel past the park's new 'mountain' net climber and 'boat' platform (Landscape Structures). 24 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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