Final Stage of Playground Design: Give Your Input

The May 20th meeting was a good one. There was a smaller crowd, but there were many new faces and active participants. Seeing the three designs that Johnson Southerland created out of all the ideas from the April meeting was really exciting. We don’t get to choose the actual equipment yet. We are now choosing the design in which play equipment will sit.
To answer a question asked by many: Yes, the current playground equipment will stay. The additional play equipment area(s) have three emphases:  1) Challenging climbing and upper body, 2) Rocking and spinning, 3) Nature integration
Note that (re)painting the blacktop are things we can do outside of these designs — with enough parent support. Also, the rubberized surfaces v.s. the wood chips may turn out to be a financial issue. Rubber surfacing is more expensive. It comes down to fundraising (that post is coming…).
Take a look at the below landscape footprint design concepts (or click here to open the PDF 3-page version). At the bottom of the page you can vote on your top 6 elements.
1) Glacial Features
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2) Forest Integration
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Forest Integration detail: “School Floor Compass w/Concrete Benches and Tree Planters” (outside the cafeteria doors)
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Forest Integration Detail: “Woodchip Play & Tree Planters w/Concrete Root Benches” (along the west fence)
Pathfinder Forest Int Detail
3) Magnetic
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Magnetic Detail, top view: “School View Compass and Whirligigs”
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Magnetic Detail, side view: “School View Compass and Whirligigs”
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“Gateway to the Wild.” Note that there are wood cut-outs and interpretive info about the greenspace attached to the fence. A gateway is created with greenery.Pathfinder_Entry
Each design had a lot more to it than the above, and we were asked to pick and choose our favorite elements among them. The parts of each that we love the most can be put into one Master Design Plan.
To get more feedback and include more people, we have set up this survey in which you can vote on the design elements. There are 18 element options. Please select your top 6 favorites. If you already voted at the meeting, please do not vote again.
All votes must be in by next Friday, the 30th. Kids can vote too. Please vote only once!
The next meeting is June 16th, 5:30-7pm!
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3 thoughts on “Final Stage of Playground Design: Give Your Input

  1. Not a parent, but a regular visitor to the woods behind Pathfinder. Want to help anyway I can–looks like some good ideas–though the examples offered were limited and not extant.

  2. Like the glacial features and walking loop. Like the gateway to the wild as well. Not fond of magnetic design.

  3. Susanna, so glad that you want to be involved. The designs were so much better explained in the meetings. With these pictures you really had to use your imagination and the descriptions to get the whole picture. I hope you can come to the June 16th meeting to see the design in person and talk to the designers.

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