Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 2016

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L A S N p ro d u c t p re v i e w 48 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Miracle PlaySystems SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA - After eight years of planning, design, and installation Beresford Park in San Mateo is open to the public. San Mateo Parks and Recreation Department partnered with Miracle Playsystems and Miller Company Landscape Architects to bring the new and refurbished custom designed park and playground to the city for multi-generational use and enjoyment. As one of the largest and first established playgrounds in the area, Beresford Park's play area was long overdue for a complete restoration. In 2008 the City of San Mateo approached Miracle Playsystems to develop designs for an equipment replacement project. Equipment replacements typically involve removing the outdated items and replacing them with new compliant equipment that meets current standards. After a thorough community outreach process it became clear that this park wanted something different. The community consensus was that the park needed more than an update, it needed a comprehensive design that gave it a new sense of place. Miracle Playsystems recommended several design firms for consideration by the city including Miller Company Landscape Architects having worked with them on a number of park and school projects including Lafayette Park in San Francisco. Following an exhaustive review process Miller Company was selected for the commission. Miller Company's unique design frames Beresford Park's new playground with natural stacked boulders set within the sloping topography promoting imaginative free form social and play activities at the edges and is sited to merge seamlessly into the parks spacious lawns and redwood trees. Newly planted native landscaping surround the play area and reconfigured shaded picnic areas provide ample space for families and caregivers to be close to the bustling playground activity. "Three custom designed centrally located wooden towers rise to varying heights within the playground evoke a rustic indigenous village," explains Jeffrey Miller, principal and founder of Miller Company. The rough hewn towers provide numerous one-of- a-kind internal play experiences including a climbing maze, an irregular "pick-up-sticks" log ladder, vertical climbing nets, and a winding stairway with each tower leading up to playground lookouts and spiraling tube slides that descend to ground level. The towers are inter-connected by monkey bars, webbed tunnels, Information Request # 678 Beresford Park, San Mateo, CA: One-of-a-kind playground eight years in the making

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