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 28) p l a y g ro u n d Above, Left Leaf-shaped signage (Sussman/Prejza & Co.) decorates the three-and- a-half-foot tall fence with the words "Let's Play" in 25 languages—the number of languages in which Los Angeles County voter registration materials are available. Note: L.A. County reports 224 distinct languages spoken in L.A. The U.S. Census Bureau identifies 382 individual languages, but collects data on only the 39 most commonly spoken ones. The top 10 in L.A: English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Korean, Armenian, Vietnamese, Farsi, Japanese and Russian. Above, Right The majority of the safety surfacing (from SpectraTurf) is poured-in- place, with an underlying cushion layer and an outerwear course. The safety surfacing offers a 'forest floor' of larger-than-life leaf shapes in a variety of nature-inspired colors. The tunnel is a reclaimed storm drainpipe. 30 Landscape Architect and Specifier News tall fence that surrounds the playground have the words "Let's Play" in 25 languages, the number of foreign tongues in which the Los Angeles County voter registration materials are printed. Play equipment by Lexington Design + Fabrication and Landscape Structures includes: • A custom 20-foot-high tree house • Four-foot-tall roller slide • A 12-foot-tall tube slide • Three tiers of platforms inside the climber • Rope climber • A crawl tunnel • Rock-climbing handles • Three xylophones • Play mounds ranging in height from one to four feet in height One challenge of the project was creating a design that was exclusive to Grand Park, while staying within the budget. The designers collaborated with a local fabricator to create a custom tree house climber that would also bring a sense of nature into the urban site. The infrastructural expenses to retrofit the site for a playground ended up being significant, despite efforts to minimize impact to existing conditions. These constraints resulted in a smaller footprint than initially expected and led the design team to maximize play opportunities within the 3,500-square-foot linear space. The playground, like all of Grand Park, is ADA accessible.

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