Category Archives: Playground Design

Here To Spray

Known as a vacation destination to many, the city of St. Petersburg, Fla., is nestled on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. To those who call it home, the “Sunshine City” boasts a neighborhood gem–Dell Holmes Park. Known originally as Lakeview Park, it was renamed in 2003 to honor the city’s late parks director, Dell Holmes. For more than two decades, Holmes served the city and championed the park’s restoration. Shortly after the name change, funding … Continue reading

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Sensory Play

Jeff Burley, adaptive recreation manager for Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation, is charged with bringing sports and recreation opportunities to individuals with disabilities. So, in the fall of 2008, when he learned about a West Jordan Rotary Club project to build the county’s first Miracle League ballparks, he was enthused. He worked closely with the club and the city of West Jordan to find a site for the ballpark, fund the project and oversee the installation and programming of … Continue reading

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A Metropolitan Mecca

Vista Hermosa Natural Park–whose name in Spanish means “beautiful view”–has created a new model of park design in downtown Los Angeles. Located at the edge of a dense residential zone, the 9.5-acre park is nature’s reprieve from the intensity of urban life. Los Angeles is one of the most park-poor cities in America, with fewer acres of parkland per 1,000 residents than other major cities in the country. According to the Trust for Public Land, the national average for park … Continue reading

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Sculpting A Masterpiece

Merging culture with the great outdoors is what the city of Des Moines, Iowa, was able to accomplish with the opening of the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. The park occupies 4.4 acres in the heart of the city, with a new cultural center that has attracted more than 16,000 visitors since it opened in September 2009. “[The reaction has] been extremely positive from the residents,” says Jeff Fleming, Art Director of the Des Moines Art Center. “It was … Continue reading

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Purposely Playful

In searching for a definition of “natural play,” you’ll likely find descriptive words like “imaginative” or “ecological.” If you ask friends, neighbors or colleagues, it is unlikely any of them will give the same answer. However, if you ask young families in the Des Moines, Iowa, area, they are likely to respond, “Go see the Natural Playscape at JesterPark.” Jester Park is a 1,834-acre county park situated along SaylorvilleLake. The park offers a wealth of recreational opportunities, such as camping, … Continue reading

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