Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 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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March 2017 33 durability, including hand-painted ruby red shoe slides and farm animals. The new playground was reduced to 14,400 square feet to maintain the budget and lower environmental stress on surrounding trees. The efficient design resulted in expanding the height of the equipment, which doubled capacity from previous 200 children to 450 children. The Watkins Regional Park playground theme is based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , written by L. Frank Baum in 1899. This playground immerses children in the classic storybook through a literacy play environment. The playground has six "Oz" play areas: Dorothy's Farm House, Munchkin Land, Emerald Forest, Emerald City of The 14,400 square foot playground is located at the center of the 845-acre park, which also includes several trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, and sports fields. Red Oak (Quercus rubra) PHOTO: MARK WAGNER/CREATIVE COMMONS Pink Echinacea (Rudbeckia) PHOTO: JACOB RUS/CC BY SA 2.5 Coral-bells (Heuchera) PHOTO: STAN SHEBS/CC BY SA 3.0 Red daylily (Hemerocallis) Lavender-blue balloon flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus) Blue/pink hydrangea PHOTO: STAN SHEBS/CC BY SA 3.0

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