8. October 2014

Play­ground Devel­op­ment Extremes

Parks & Recre­ations released a review about a very nice pro­ject. “The free play Concept at Lea Mc Keighan Park is designed to tap into children’s intu­it­ive devel­op­ment and sense of adven­ture.”, describes the author Steve Casey.

After the park was releg­ated to a train­ing ground only and neg­lected for years, the exposed loc­a­tion needed high intens­ive atten­tion. “One of the over­rid­ing con­cepts in the redevel­op­ment of the park was envir­on­ment­al sus­tain­ab­il­ity through the use of innov­at­ive storm­wa­ter man­age­ment prac­tices“, and the use of nat­ive plant mater­i­als, for example. Fur­ther­more it should return to a tra­di­tion­al neigh­bor­hood park, while become mod­ern and dynam­ic.

The city’s “Parks and Recre­ation Board approved $1.9 mil­lion to com­pletely ren­ov­ate the park with spe­cial atten­tion giv­en to devel­op­ing a unique, one-of-a-kind adven­ture play­ground. The play­ground needed to give the park an iden­tity and make it a des­tin­a­tion for both res­id­ents and vis­it­ors to Lee’s Sum­mit”, con­cluded Casey.

The center­piece of the Lea McK­eighan play­ground became the cus­tom­ized Jupiter XXL – a 30-foot-high met­al-framed pyr­am­id with inter­twined climb­ing nets. It offers chil­dren an oppor­tun­ity to climb safely to the peak of the struc­ture from ground level and then nav­ig­ate down via a curved slide attach­ment, climb back down or link onto a sus­pen­sion bridge attached to a Net House. Oth­er Ber­liner Seil­fab­rik play pieces com­ple­ment the large struc­ture include a 70-foot “Speed­way” zip line, a VIP Swing and Cloud 9 swings.

The Concept of the play­ground focused in free play, while chil­dren improve their insti­tu­tion and their sense of adven­ture. The selec­ted play items encour­age motor skills – like strength, mobil­ity and hand-eye-coordin­a­tion.

Casey sum­mar­izes: “Climb­ing equip­ment taps into a child’s cre­at­ive level of prob­lem solv­ing to go from point A to point B with no spe­cified path. The free play concept also encour­ages repeat users. Park pat­rons enjoy a play­ground more when every trip presents a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge or approach to prob­lem solv­ing.”.

The whole art­icle about the play­ground devel­op­ment you’ll find here.