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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80 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Freenotes Harmony Park is now part of PlayCore's large family of brands, which includes GameTime, Fountain People, Water Odyssey, BigToys, Tot Turf, Dero and a host of others. Freenotes makes outdoor musical instruments inspired by xylophones. PLAYCORE ACQUIRES FREENOTES HARMONY PARK PlayCore Holdings, Inc. ( www.playcore. com ) of Chattanooga, Tenn., a leading designer and manufacturer of a broad range of play and recreation products, has acquired Freenotes Harmony Park ( www. ). Freenotes founder Richard Cooke began creating outdoor xylophone-like percussion instruments over 20 years ago. Freenotes' day-to-day operations will continue from its headquarters in Durango, Colorado. RICHARD MURPHY JR., FASLA HONORED WITH TWO TWIN CITIES AWARDS Richard Murphy Jr., FASLA, president and CEO of Murphy Warehouse Co., was named to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's inaugural list of Most Admired CEOs, as well as Pollen Midwest and AARP Minnesota's first "50 Over 50" leaders. Both awards recognize Murphy for growing his fourth-generation family business, serving as an industry leader, and embracing environmental sustainability as a smart business strategy. The 50 Over 50 award reads, in part: "A true renaissance man, lifelong learner Richard Murphy Jr., 64, has … enjoyed multiple careers – as a landscape architect, teacher, business executive, amateur photographer, mentor, and industry and community leader…" The family-owned company ( www. ) began in 1904 with two horses and a wagon. The company now has 2.8 million sq. ft. of bulk, rack and food grade storage and employ about 200 people in Minnesota and Missouri. HOUSTON KIDS HELP GROW AND CARE FOR LIVING WALL This past summer, 6 to 1 3 - y e a r- o l d s tended the vertical garden at Cherryhurst Park while attending the Houston Parks Rec Department Summer Enrichment Program. The children grew herbs, fruits, flowers and vegetables with the help of Flora Moon, a member of the Cherryhurst Civic Association and the director of sustainability with Expressworks. The living wall has a wood frame, plastic planters ('Woolly Pockets') and drip irrigation. It was brought to life with funding from the Friends of Cherryhurst Park and through the work of Houston Parks Board and the Cherryhurst Civic Association. PHOTO: COURTESY OF HOUSTON PARKS BOARD I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 5 0

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