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 from page 20 22 Landscape Architect and Specifier News and customized in myriad ways, the company states on its website. Its goal is also to promote the development of children's cognitive, social, emotional and imaginative skills. Dave Olsen (in memoriam) and Katrina Langenderfer, both of Harper Houf Peterson Righellis Inc., of Bend, Ore., drafted the conceptual design of the play space, and the engineering plans for the surfaces, the wall feature, metal shade structure and other on-site elements. Sam Johnson Park was deeded to the city in the 1980s for a community park. The Redmond Kiwanis Club adopted the park in 1987 and helped raise funds to install playground structures in 1990. Not only is it in the middle of the town, the park is extremely popular with the community. The park includes large lawns, mature shade trees, a pavilion, bike path and parking lot. The playground structures, however, were some of the oldest in the city's park system, were not compliant with current safety guidelines and did not provide adequate accessibility to people with mobility challenges. In addition, there were no other playground facilities in the town that could be considered accessible at the time. Now revamped, the new playground features a climbing wall that represents the Dry Canyon walls and Smith Rock, nearby geographic landmarks. The design theme incorporates flowing rivers and high desert landscapes into the surface, along with a perimeter rock wall that further accented the project. Hope Playground garnered a "Building a Better Central Oregon" award. Precision Recreation Contractors, based in Portland, Ore., installed the equipment. Also, because the equipment has a patented "direct bolt connection system," community volunteers were actively engaged with the assembly of the play structures. Groundbreaking for the playground was in June 2015, and Hope Playground opened the following October. Left: The custom-designed play structure is suitable for children in the 2-5 and 5-12 age groups. It features multiple access points and elevations, ranging from an extra-wide ramp with 12" platforms that meander upward to 112" platforms that connect to triple spiral slides. BCI Burke Company, based in Fond du Lac, Wis., was the playground equipment manufacturer. Top, Right: One of the all-inclusive features of the Hope Playground is the braille-learning education panel. It was important to provide age appropriate play events that were not only functional but also allowed for good parental supervision and accessibility. Colorful accent railings and roof designs integrate well with the evergreen tree toppers displayed atop several vertical support posts. Bottom, Right: Several freestanding events include the playground equipment maker's "Volito" multiuser swing (pictured) and "Cruiser," both with enough room for easy wheelchair-access. They allow up to 12 children to play and interact side-by-side no matter what their abilities. p l a y g ro u n d

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