Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2017

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 on page 22 20 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Hope Playground opened in October 2015 in Redmond, Ore., and is the largest inclusive, universally accessible playground in the state, according to Doug Buell, president and co-owner of Buell Recreation, Portland, Ore. The company specializes in providing a variety of commercial quality park and playground products to public and private organizations throughout the western United States. A sign above the main walkway into the playground proclaims the site as "Hope Playground: A Place For Everyone." The play space focuses on three age groups: 0-2, 2-5 and 5-12. It has over 70 play events and can support 450 children at any time. The city also plans to include play and fitness elements to attract young adults, adults and seniors. The Hope Playground in Redmond, Ore., is the result of a true grassroots effort, and it all started when a small group of mothers approached the city council with a simple request. In 2012, the moms spoke to city leaders and expressed a need for an accessible playground facility at the Sam Johnson Park, the most centrally located recreational site in Redmond. They did not expect to be so well received. But city officials took their request seriously, so much so that it sparked a full-scale collaboration by multiple entities. Eventually, it led to the creation of Hope Playground. Of course, the playground had to be designed and planned. Funds needed to be raised, and the Redmond Kiwanis Club played a prominent role in this regard. Hope Playground was chosen as one of 10 projects worldwide by Kiwanis International Club to celebrate the Kiwanis' centennial in 2015. "The community rallied behind the idea that a premier inclusive play space that offered the opportunity for children and community members of all abilities and ages to gather and play together could make an impact in the entire region," said Doug Buell, president and co-owner of Buell Recreation, headquartered in Portland, Ore., the company that was hired to oversee the entire project. The playground equipment manufacturer was BCI Burke Company, Fond du Lac, Wis., a firm that began over 90 years ago and is experienced in producing playgrounds that are compliant with ASTMF1487 and CPSC standards. It strives to blend traditional active fitness elements into all of its designs, and it modular play systems can be configured Hope Playground, Redmond, Ore. PHOTOS: KATIE LOUSIER, BCI BURKE COMPANY p l a y g ro u n d By Michael Miyamoto, LASN

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