Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2015

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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72 Landscape Architect and Specifier News (Continued on page 74) Fellowship Park (Continued from page 70) as well as concerts and festivals. An 8' berm built near one end of the field provides a space for people to sit and watch events. The 3,000 square foot centrally located splash pad features 57 water jets. At night, LED-programmed lighting illuminates the play area. Close by, a unique circular four-plex of lighted basketball courts provides another space for recreation. The basketball hoops are spaced equidistantly around a circle to form two intersecting full courts, or four half courts. Covered pavilions around the play areas are equipped with lighting, fans and electrical outlets. These three pavilions, which shelter Breezesta picnic furniture, can be rented out for parties and events. All of the outdoor furniture throughout the site is made from recycled materials. Landscaping across the park involves a mixture of hundreds of lush tropical and native plant species, including silver saw palmetto, orange Bird of Paradise, shining jasmine, and nine different species of palm trees. Knäak Design Group utilized full color 3D perspective renderings so that the client could visualize the space, materials, and overall aesthetic of Fellowship Park. The 3D renderings supplemented the extensive client collaboration and onsite field observation to ensure the design goals were met. Challenges and Completion Some site challenges that KDG had to address were related to the existing infrastructure, such as sewer lines and electrical. Cape Christian did not possess an accurate survey, which caused a few bumps in the planning. Another challenge the church faced was opposition Right The walkway leading from the parking lot to the worship center is lined on the right with royal palms. The circular water feature is used for baptisms and serves as a unique focal point. Normally, the fountain is not covered, a cover was placed as a temporary solution when concerns arose over the safety of children who were playing in it. The fountain is now chlorinated, so kids can play safely in the water. The pavers are a vanilla, caramel and charcoal mix, with a solid charcoal border. The plaza has permanent seating for about 200. Below Next to the sports fields, playgrounds and one of the pavilions, an unusual basketball court continues the curvilinear theme of the park. The round court has four hoops spaced equidistantly around the circle, and has lighting for evening games. Team and Materials List Landscape Architecture, Design and Planning Knäak Design Group Furniture Breezesta Playground Equipment Playmore, an affiliate of Playworld Systems Canopy Coverings Shade Systems Artificial Turf Xgrass

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