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 October 2016 49 Miracle PlaySystems Information Request # 678 and suspension bridges making for a continuous play experience. A monumental wavy "Net Serpent" projects outward from one tower winding up and down for 65 feet of free form climbing activity. Venturing into "Spin City", children are engaged by a variety of whirling play events configured for different age groups and abilities. Tots have their own climbers and swings specifically designed for their age group. One of the best measures to determine the success of a play environment is how long users stay engaged with the space. The greatest factors influencing this are the level of challenges and variety of experiences. Typically, children discover and learn how to use play equipment and more often than not, the level of challenge decreases and it becomes harder to stay engaged for longer periods of time. Beresford Playground has been strategically designed to challenge users of all ages and abilities in order to keep them engaged and discovering new challenges with every step, climb, leap, and hide. To hold true to the inspired designs created by Miller Company's Jeffrey Miller and Maya Nagasaka, the Miracle Playsystems team, led by Tracey Lydon; Director of Operations, Kit Steven; President, and David Yosso; Project Manager worked with multiple manufacturers around the world to make their vision a reality. Part of what makes the new park so innovative is the collaboration between renowned European manufacturers HAGS and Berliner. Both use top of the line materials in manufacturing that are well known for being high quality, durable and eco-friendly. To further insure compliance with strict U.S. playground standards under ASTM, one of the towers was assembled by HAGS in their factory in Sweden, and then disassembled and shipped across the Atlantic where the construction team reassembled on location. Both manufacturers have been awarded several prizes for design and functionality, including the 'red dot design award' for "superior design quality." HAGS pine wood timber is sourced from Scandinavian forests and is a renewable raw material with FSC-Certification to be sustainably forested. HAGS is also certified according to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 for Quality and Environmental management systems. As an important part of PlayPower, Inc., HAGS is a leader in recreation equipment manufacturing. Beresford Park, San Mateo, CA: One-of-a-kind playground eight years in the making

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