Before the 1980’s the main play yard for children in America’s urban communities were abandoned lots or the streets themselves. When the large scale implementation of composite playgrounds gained momentum, cities across the states began addressing the widespread need to provide safe places to play for children. Pre-fabricated composite play structures have become commonplace in our communities, and in many places, perhaps a bit too common.
The question keeps coming up: have we sacrificed too much in the standardization of our playgrounds? So often it seems if you’ve seen one playground, you’ve seen them all. However, this is not the case with the playground at the new Park Lane Ala Moana condos that IPR Hawaii recently installed. The Kobayashi Group and MacNaughton Group, developers for the project, had a vision to create something unique for this luxury condominium community. The resulting playground design is thoughtful, creative, and reflects elements from the surrounding natural world of Hawaii.
Inspired by the twisting roots of a banyan tree, this playground beautifully combines art and function into a condo recreation deck space. IPR Hawaii was able to compliment the natural playground design with a creative rubber safety surfacing system portraying an island beach surrounded by ocean water. We were very excited to be a part of this project where neither safety nor creativity were sacrificed in building a place for children to play.