Our playground provides a safe play area that supports passive and active recreational activities while minimizing the impact on the environment. Materials were selected with the future generations in mind. The project was to relocate the playground from it original location adjacent a busy intersection to a place on campus that is along a quiet residential street. The existing playground equipment was salvaged, cleaned, painted, and relocated to the new playground. Any additional playground equipment were made from recycled materials. The permeable playground surface is made from primarily recycled tire rubber and allows for surface drainage. The light-colored playground surface reduces the heat island effect. The exterior light fixtures are LED and are connected to sensors to save energy. The water feature filter and recycles the water to prevent waste.
With a changing population leading to more families residing on campus, our client asked that an existing asphalt parking lot be changed to a playground. Our playground provides children with a safe play area that supports both passive and active recreational activities. The perimeter wall on the street side is a playful composition of perforated metal screens, masonry walls with glazed openings, and landscape areas that creates a new identity for the neighborhood. The masonry wall has punched glazed openings at varied elevations that allows children of different sizes to peek out into the neighborhood. The campus side has a short, perforated metal fence, precast concrete benches, butterfly garden, and an interactive water feature. The butterfly garden is landscaped with plants that attract butterflies and birds, adding a natural element to the daily experience. The fountain adds a source of water to the play experience and provides a cool respite during the summer months. Not just any fountain, the jets are animated, creating a playful pattern of sound and reflection when people are present. These elements surround traditional play structures and a grass field. The new playground brings a thoughtful approach to play by supporting multiple forms of recreation with a delightful arrangement of natural and constructed elements. Sustainability features include the re-use of existing playground equipment, recycled materials for playground equipment and surfaces, and LED lighting with sensors for energy conservation.