Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 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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(Continued from page 26) p l a y g ro u n d Top, Left For those youngsters intimidated by the 12-foot-tall tube slide, there's a nice wide and gently sloping roller slide. Above Let there be music. A child explores the sounds of one of the three xylophones. Dad's kneeling here, but he has the option to sit on steel framed benches (with and without backs) with ipe slates and in the color motif of the tree house. Bottom The 20-foot tall, three-tiered steel tree house structure with Brazilian ipe hardwood panels is the center of the playground action. The mature sycamores will eventually create a continuous shade canopy. The trees planted in the play zone have a bonded rubber fiber around them to simultaneously provide fall protection and facilitate airflow and water penetration to the root balls. 28 Landscape Architect and Specifier News eventually connect to create a continuous shade canopy. Seven berms ranging from one to four feet tall have added features, such as rock-climbing handles, a rope climber and a tunnel constructed of a reclaimed storm drainpipe. Two types of safety surfacing were used in the design of the playground: poured-in-place and bonded rubber fiber, or recycled rubber mulch. A two- part system created an underlying cushion layer sized to accommodate various fall height requirements throughout the site, and an outerwear course. Where trees were planted within the play zone, bonded rubber fiber was installed to simultaneously provide fall protection and maintain tree health by using a material that promotes airflow and water penetration to the root ball. Both products were made and installed by Spectraturf. For parents and care givers, there are several curved steel-framed benches painted the same lime-green as the play house, along with Brazilian ipe slates for good looks and sitting comfort. Another feature of the playground is the colorful, leaf-shaped signage by Sussman/Prejza & Co. Decorative signs on the three-and-a-half foot (Continued on page 30)

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