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Central Park of Maple Grove

Maple Grove, MN USA

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Playground Overview

Central Park of Maple Grove is home to some of the most innovative playground equipment in Minnesota. This unique playground design is made up of mostly customized pieces including a tower play structure with stacked tunnel slides, an architectural net climber, and rocks sculpted from concrete positioned around an Aeronet™ climber. Additionally, there are hillside climbers and slides that create a unique experience and a tire swing that looks like playable art. Even more, for kids ages 2 to 5 a Weevos® play system and Smart Play®: Motion play structure were included in the design.


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  • Age Ranges

    • 2 to 5 Years
    • 5 to 12 years
  • Design Standards

  • ASTM
  • Installed

  • October 2015
  • Project Price Range

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Playground products shown in video may not be appropriate for every age group. Playsystems shown in video are for demonstration purposes only. Product configurations may vary.

Video features the Maple Grove Central Park Landscape Structures playground.

[video: view of the Central Park main visiting center building, building is labeled and reads: Central Park of Maple Grove. Scene fades into a view from the top of a hill overlooking the park. The park is filled with families playing on all the different playground structures. Camera switches to a view of the natural AdventureScapes rock climbers and the Aero net climber. Camera switch to a planning view of the 2 to 5 years old Smart Play Motion playground structure. Scene fades to a side view of a Roller Slide as children wait their turn to play. Camera switches to a view of the Crab Trap HDG playground structure. Scene fades to a top down view of a group of children sliding and screaming down double wide stainless-steel slide.  The children all scream as they slide down. Scene fades to a full aerial view of Central Park with its different play areas. Camera switches to children climbing on the different height AdventureScapes concrete rock climbers.  Camera switch to two adults sitting on stone retaining wall speaking to the camera about the playground.]

Woman: I think the playground is really fun and I love there's a variety of different things for the kids to do and play on and have all different age groups.

[video: children play and run all around the Smart Play Motion play structure. A group of young girls sit on the OmniSpin as an adult slowly spins them around. Camera switches back to adult man sitting on the retaining wall speaking to the camera.]

Man: It's a very unique playground that's very interactive.

Woman: Different than other places around.

[video: camera pans right to left inside the Crab Trap HDG while children climb all around on the different play activities.]

Man voiceover: Yeah different and being able to play with the kids to with the swings and the slides and everything is important as well.

[video: A group of children swing together on the inclusive Oodle Swing. Camera switches to view across the play area of a group of children sliding down the double stainless-steel slid.]

[video: Camera switch to the top of some rocky landscaping lookout out over the playground. White text reads across the center of the screen: 5-12 play areas.]

[video: scene switches to the camera looking up inside the Alpha Tower as children climb above on the vertical and horizontal cargo net climbers inside. Camera switches to a side close-up of a young girl climbing up a vertical cargo net inside the Alpha Tower. Camera switches to a view up inside the Alpha Tower as children climb overhead. Camera switches to the tubular slide at the top of the Alpha Tower. A young girl slides down the tube slide, she screams on the way down. Scene switches to a young girl climbing on the outside ropes of the Crab Trap HDG play structure. Camera switches to an elevated pan over to a young boy standing on the outside ropes of the Crab Trap.

Camera man: How cool is it up hear?

Boy: It's cool.

[video: top down view of the Crab Trap as children climb on the outside and inside rope climbers. Scene switches to an aerial panning view across the park. Scene switches to a close-up of a young girl spinning on Saddle Spinner. She turns and smiles at the cameras. Camera switches to a top down view of two boys spin on a Tire Swing. Camera switches and is mounted to the tire of the Tire Swing pointing up towards the boys as they spin on the Tire Swing.]

Boy on tire swing: Oh man!

[video: camera switches and is mounted to the top of a Stand-Up playground spinner pointing down to a girl wearing sunglasses as she spins with two other children. Camera mount switches to the foot platform of the spinner. The three children continue to spin. Scene switches to a view up to a young boy climbing on the Lunar Blast rope climber. A young girl climbs from one AdventureScapes concrete rock climber to the next on the connecting rope structure. A large group of children stand on top of a large AdventureScapes concrete rock climber. Scene switches to a full side view of a group of children climb on top of a horizontal cargo net mounted on a hillside. Camera switches to the top of the horizontal cargo net climber with the Alpha Tower in the background. Camera switch to a view up the hill where the horizontal cargo net climber is located. Scene switches to the Smart Play Motion play structure. Text appears across the center of the screen reading: 2-5 play areas.]

[video: Children walk and crawl across a Hillscape climber. Close-up of young boy’s feet standing on a wiggle ladder of the play structure. A young boy plays the Bongo Panel. A toddler crawls up the stairs onto the playground. Two boys smile and laugh as they swing back and forth on the two-person Bobble Rider. A Dad spins a group of girls on the Omni spinner. Scene switches to a close-up of toy race cars riding down the surrounding race track on the Motion play structure. The cars bump into each other as the back black car displays a Landscape Structures logo on the top of the car. A young girl watches as the toy cars race down the track past her. Scene switches to a young boy standing next to the Number Climber. Camera switches to a close-up of pieces spinning on the Bead Panel. Scene switches to three children climb on a belted Giggle Jiggler. Scene switches to a young boy as he walks over the Boppity Bridge towards the camera. A young girl goes down the Cozy Coaster Slide off the Weevos play structure. Camera switches to three young girls as they stand and speak to the camera.]

Young girl: I like this little slide.

Young girl 2: Um I like that big big big big rock that I climb all the way up.

[video: scene fades to a close-up of young boy smiling at the camera. Scene fades into a young boy and girl slowly spinning on the OmniSpin. The young boy smiles a toothy smile as he spins by the camera. Scene fades to an aerial panning of the entire park. Screen fades to black, white text reads Better playgrounds. Better world.]

[video: the Landscape Structures logo pans up from the bottom of the screen. The Landscape Structures logo is made of a ribbon shape undulating above the text landscape structures.]

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Playground products shown in video may not be appropriate for every age group. Playsystems shown in video are for demonstration purposes only. Product configurations may vary.

Video features the Landscape Structures employee field trip to the playground in Maple Grove at Central Park.

[video: A bob cat picks up a bucket of dirt out of the side of a small hill at a playground build sight. White text in the middle of the screen reads: Landscape Structures employees.]

[video: front view of a semi-truck as three men work together to attach a strap to a large rock climber on the back of a semi-trailer. Scene switch to the top of a small hill looking down to the playground build sight where heavy machinery is parked while workers in safety green vests walk around. Text appears in the middle of the screen reading: take a field trip.]

[video: Camera zooms in across the work site as workers continue to attach straps and chains to lift a rock climber off the semi-trailer. An Alpha Tower frame work lays on its side in the middle of the work site. Camera pulls back for a full view of a crane as it suspends a large rock climber off the semi-trailer. Text appears in the middle of the screen reading: to one of their.]

[video: camera zooms in to the large rock climber as it is lowered slowly to the ground. Four men work together to push and position the rock climber as the rock climber is slowly lowered onto a concrete slab. Text appears on screen reading: signature playgrounds.]

[video: camera zooms in to the top of the rock climber now that it has been placed on the concrete slab. Large straps still surround the climber as men work below to release them. Camera switches to an elevated pan over the work sight. The workers watch as the crane begins to lift the second large rock climber of the trailer in the background. Text appears on screen reading: at Central Park.]

[video: the camera continues its slow elevated pan over the work sight as new text appears in the middle of the screen: in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Fade to black.]

[video: fade in to a large group of people as they surround, climb, sit, and stand on the Crab Trap play structure. Pat Faust President of Landscape Structures speaks to the group on an elevated deck overlooking the playground. A man stands on a ladder holding a camera just behind Pat as he speaks. White text in the top left corner of the screen reads: Pat Faust President Landscape Structures.]

Pat: First off, I would just like to say on behalf of Landscape Structures you know thank you to Maple Grove for being this progressive to be able to design this and do this so, thank you so let’s give Chuck a hand and he’s going to say a few words.

[video: the crowd cheers and applauds as Pat has the microphone to the man standing next to him. Fade to black.]

[video: fade in to ground level view of the Landscape Structures employees gathered and on and around the Crab Trap play structure as they listen to Chuck Stifter as he speaks to all of them.]

Chuck voiceover: It’s so fun to see such a large group of committed people committed to recreation and this facility has turned out incredibly.

[video: Camera view pulls back to a view of the group from the top of a small hill. Camera switches back to ground level panning across all the employees as they listen to Chuck speak. Camera switches to a view up at Chuck as he stands on an elevated overlook deck address the Landscape Structures employees. Text appears in the top left corner of the screen reading: Chuck Stifter Superintendent of Park and Planning, Maple Grove.]

Chuck: It’s super popular with, with the residents and people are coming from all over the metro area and all over the state honestly and we’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished here I’m very proud of you guys recognizing this and coming out and taking a look at all your hard work and commitment and I think that’s awesome.

Chuck voiceover: So, congratulations to you guys for doing amazing work.

[video: view back at Landscape Structures employees as they listen to Chucks final statement. Fade to black and fade back in Julie Aldrich as she addresses the crowd for the overlook deck. Text appears in the top left corner of the screen reading: Julie Aldrich Landscape Structures.]

Julie: This is about a three plus year effort for the consultant team in the city and what a fantastic product.

Julie voiceover: We’ve divided the playground into pods or zones we were really interested in kind of focusing on innovative and creative play, we didn’t want to over program and over literalize the spaces within. We really wanted to keep the opportunities for play and movements free-flowing within the space.

[video: a bird’s eye view over the entire playground as children and Landscape Structures employees wonder and play at all the different playground activities for all ages. The camera flies over the top of the playground showing the grays, greens, and blue color scheme of the play structures and safety PebbleFlex surfacing. Camera switches to an elevated view looking out at the playground as the Landscape Structures wonder and enjoy the play area.]

Chris voiceover: What we wanted to do is kind of create these very iconic and completely original pieces.

[video: camera switches to Chris as he stands and addresses the crowd on the overlook deck. Text appears in the top left corner of the screen reading: Chris DesRoches playground consultant.]

Chris: I think that’s what Chuck kept on saying the entire time.

Chris voiceover: Is we want this to be unique to Maple Grove. So, what you’re seeing here from the Crab trap to the tower to the, the two to five area with the turf.

[video: Ground level view of the Crab Trap and one employee climbs up inside and slides down the internal belt climber. Other Landscape Structures employees stand around the Crab Trap conversing. Camera switches to two women as they bounce up and down on the unique rope disc swing see saw. Camera switches to a man as he stands on the top of the Crab Trap looking out over the playground. Employees stand in small groups all around the play area. Switch to a view of an elevated side walk at the top of an activity filled hillside overlooking the playground of the backside of the Alpha Tower. Landscape Structures employees are scattered all around. Scene switch to a view from a side walk of the Weevos play area with artificial turf grass. Camera switches back to Chris speaking to the crowd.]

Chris: One of my favorite conversations I had with Chuck was him asking how long the wall was.

Chris voiceover: Because they wanted to have the longest climbing wall and I think we probably do have the longest rock climbing wall GFRC climbing wall in the world.

[video: Three men stand at the top of an AdventureScapes climbing rock wall as three other employees stand on the ground and look up at them. Camera pans across the rock climbing area with incorporated rope climbers as Landscape Structures employees walk and climb around. Camera pans across the connecting AdventureScapes rock climbers as employees climb to the top and climb across the different sized climbers. Camera switches back to Chris speaking to the crowd on the deck.]

Chris: This project is a culmination of all of the individual standard products, custom projects that we’ve had to kind of build up our repertoire to be able to be trusted to build something like this.

Chris voiceover: This doesn’t come out of nowhere it comes out of a lot of hard work and it comes out of a lot of standard product and doing things correct and playing attention to detail that’s what you guys are all doing kind of on a daily basis which is awesome. You all are kind of tied back into this park.

[video: elevated panning view over the play area as employees and children play below. Camera switches back to Chris as he gestures with his hands while he talks. Camera pans across the playground next to the roller slide incorporated into a hillside with other climbing activities. Employees flood the play area and central picnic area in the center of the park. Camera switches to a ground view next to the Crab Trap where employees stand in converse in small groups. Camera back to Chris as he leans on the deck banister as he continues to speak.]

Chris voiceover: The last thing I’ll say is just thank you Chuck, thanking the city of Maple Grove for giving us the opportunity and the flexibility to go up and design something like this.

[video: camera pans across the play area next to the Crab Trap where employees stand on the surrounding side walk with a pond behind them. Switch to an elevated right to left pan over the top of a hillside behind the Alpha Tower with climbers and slides. Landscape Structures employees continue to wonder and stand all around the play areas. Switch back to Chris as he finishes his speech on the overlook deck.]

[video: the crowd applauds as Chris finishes his speech. Fade to black and back into the employees as they disperse away from their gathering spot on the Crab Trap play structure. Fade to black, fade back in to a group of men standing by a playground spinner. Scene switch to a close-up of two employees as they smile and wave for the camera. The camera moves around the crowd of employees as they talk, laugh, and enjoy the playground. The camera zooms in on many different employees around the playground as they all wave and smile for the camera. A man wearing glasses, holds his hand up to the camera not wanting to be filmed.]

[video: a man climbing up the side of the Crab Trap ropes looks the his left and smiles excitedly at the camera. A young girl climbs up the belted climber on the back side of the play structure as her mother spots her from behind. Camera looks up to two men as they stand on the ropes at the top of the Crab Trap. Fade to black and back into the camera mingling through the crowd as employees smile and wave to the camera.]

[video: the camera views up to several employees as they climb and sit at the top of rock climbers. They smile and wave down to the camera. The camera again wanders through the crowd of employees filming their reactions to the playground. Close-up of two women as they sing in and out of frame on the unique rope disc swing see saw. A grandfather pushes his granddaughter toward the camera on a Oodle swing. The camera again wanders through the crowd of employees as they smile and wave to the camera. A young girl looks up at the camera quizzically as she slides down to the bottom of the roller slide. More employees smile at the camera as it maneuvers through the small groups of employees.]

[video: fade to black, fade back in to the side of the activities hill behind the Alpha Tower as the camera over looks all the employees scattered around the park. Screen goes black with a white Landscape Structures logo in the middle of the screen. Text below the logo reads: Better playgrounds. Better world®.]

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Destination Playground or Bust

A playground design journey with iconic results

When Chuck Stifter, ‎director of parks and recreation for the City of Maple Grove, initially reached out to Flagship Recreation, exclusive distributer of Landscape Structures playground equipment in the Twin Cities, to begin the design process of a new playground for Maple Grove Central Park, he said he wanted to push the limits of conventional playground design and create an iconic, destination playground in this rapidly developing community.

“I really pushed the design team to go beyond what’s considered to be standard in parks. Our intent was to build something that was dynamic and focused on innovative and creative play,” Chuck explained. “We wanted this playground to be unique to Maple Grove.” 

Playground products shown in video may not be appropriate for every age group. Playsystems shown in video are for demonstration purposes only. Product configurations may vary.

Video features the Maple Grove Central Park Landscape Structures playground.

[video: view of the Central Park main visiting center building, building is labeled and reads: Central Park of Maple Grove. Scene fades into a view from the top of a hill overlooking the park. The park is filled with families playing on all the different playground structures. Camera switches to a view of the natural AdventureScapes rock climbers and the Aero net climber. Camera switch to a planning view of the 2 to 5 years old Smart Play Motion playground structure. Scene fades to a side view of a Roller Slide as children wait their turn to play. Camera switches to a view of the Crab Trap HDG playground structure. Scene fades to a top down view of a group of children sliding and screaming down double wide stainless-steel slide.  The children all scream as they slide down. Scene fades to a full aerial view of Central Park with its different play areas. Camera switches to children climbing on the different height AdventureScapes concrete rock climbers.  Camera switch to two adults sitting on stone retaining wall speaking to the camera about the playground.]

Woman: I think the playground is really fun and I love there's a variety of different things for the kids to do and play on and have all different age groups.

[video: children play and run all around the Smart Play Motion play structure. A group of young girls sit on the OmniSpin as an adult slowly spins them around. Camera switches back to adult man sitting on the retaining wall speaking to the camera.]

Man: It's a very unique playground that's very interactive.

Woman: Different than other places around.

[video: camera pans right to left inside the Crab Trap HDG while children climb all around on the different play activities.]

Man voiceover: Yeah different and being able to play with the kids to with the swings and the slides and everything is important as well.

[video: A group of children swing together on the inclusive Oodle Swing. Camera switches to view across the play area of a group of children sliding down the double stainless-steel slid.]

[video: Camera switch to the top of some rocky landscaping lookout out over the playground. White text reads across the center of the screen: 5-12 play areas.]

[video: scene switches to the camera looking up inside the Alpha Tower as children climb above on the vertical and horizontal cargo net climbers inside. Camera switches to a side close-up of a young girl climbing up a vertical cargo net inside the Alpha Tower. Camera switches to a view up inside the Alpha Tower as children climb overhead. Camera switches to the tubular slide at the top of the Alpha Tower. A young girl slides down the tube slide, she screams on the way down. Scene switches to a young girl climbing on the outside ropes of the Crab Trap HDG play structure. Camera switches to an elevated pan over to a young boy standing on the outside ropes of the Crab Trap.

Camera man: How cool is it up hear?

Boy: It's cool.

[video: top down view of the Crab Trap as children climb on the outside and inside rope climbers. Scene switches to an aerial panning view across the park. Scene switches to a close-up of a young girl spinning on Saddle Spinner. She turns and smiles at the cameras. Camera switches to a top down view of two boys spin on a Tire Swing. Camera switches and is mounted to the tire of the Tire Swing pointing up towards the boys as they spin on the Tire Swing.]

Boy on tire swing: Oh man!

[video: camera switches and is mounted to the top of a Stand-Up playground spinner pointing down to a girl wearing sunglasses as she spins with two other children. Camera mount switches to the foot platform of the spinner. The three children continue to spin. Scene switches to a view up to a young boy climbing on the Lunar Blast rope climber. A young girl climbs from one AdventureScapes concrete rock climber to the next on the connecting rope structure. A large group of children stand on top of a large AdventureScapes concrete rock climber. Scene switches to a full side view of a group of children climb on top of a horizontal cargo net mounted on a hillside. Camera switches to the top of the horizontal cargo net climber with the Alpha Tower in the background. Camera switch to a view up the hill where the horizontal cargo net climber is located. Scene switches to the Smart Play Motion play structure. Text appears across the center of the screen reading: 2-5 play areas.]

[video: Children walk and crawl across a Hillscape climber. Close-up of young boy’s feet standing on a wiggle ladder of the play structure. A young boy plays the Bongo Panel. A toddler crawls up the stairs onto the playground. Two boys smile and laugh as they swing back and forth on the two-person Bobble Rider. A Dad spins a group of girls on the Omni spinner. Scene switches to a close-up of toy race cars riding down the surrounding race track on the Motion play structure. The cars bump into each other as the back black car displays a Landscape Structures logo on the top of the car. A young girl watches as the toy cars race down the track past her. Scene switches to a young boy standing next to the Number Climber. Camera switches to a close-up of pieces spinning on the Bead Panel. Scene switches to three children climb on a belted Giggle Jiggler. Scene switches to a young boy as he walks over the Boppity Bridge towards the camera. A young girl goes down the Cozy Coaster Slide off the Weevos play structure. Camera switches to three young girls as they stand and speak to the camera.]

Young girl: I like this little slide.

Young girl 2: Um I like that big big big big rock that I climb all the way up.

[video: scene fades to a close-up of young boy smiling at the camera. Scene fades into a young boy and girl slowly spinning on the OmniSpin. The young boy smiles a toothy smile as he spins by the camera. Scene fades to an aerial panning of the entire park. Screen fades to black, white text reads Better playgrounds. Better world.]

[video: the Landscape Structures logo pans up from the bottom of the screen. The Landscape Structures logo is made of a ribbon shape undulating above the text landscape structures.]

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Iconic, Free-Flowing Play Opportunities

The primary mission the Maple Grove Central Park planning committee laid out at the start of the project was to create a park that served a diverse group of all ages and abilities and also provided a multitude of free-flowing play opportunities with enough space to accommodate a large number of people.

“All of these considerations led us to push on ‘destination’ features as a critical element in our park planning and development,” Chuck noted.

“All of these considerations led us to push on ‘destination’ features as a critical element in our park planning and development,” Chuck Stifter director of parks and recreation, City of Maple Grove

To meet the demand for a play destination and space that accommodated many, the playground was divided into a series of pods—or zones—to focus on creative, innovative play.

“We didn’t want to over program and over-literalize the spaces within the park,” said Julie Aldrich, landscape architect consultant for the City of Maple Grove. “We really wanted to keep the opportunities for play free-flowing.”

The result of a three-year design effort with Maple Grove’s Central Park planning committee, Flagship Recreation and Landscape Structures is a playground that truly represents Maple Grove’s mission to change the way the community experiences their local park.

“Parks are so often just built for kids. However as a sculptural, artful piece, you can spend time at this playground—even if you’re not using it to play—and simply enjoy the view,” explained Chuck.

Looking out at the finished playground, a futuristic titanium turret gleams in the distance towering 24-feet above the playground. One might imagine this structure as an air traffic control tower directing the little bodies in motion below. In reality, it’s a playground tower in the middle of Maple Grove’s new Central Park and everything surrounding it was custom-designed to create a play environment that has become an exceptionally popular destination.

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Each play element in the park unites futuristic design with the natural topography of the environment to present a truly unique play experience. Included in this aesthetically pleasing, yet kid-approved play space, you’ll find a custom-designed net climber crab trap; a futuristic, tower play structure with stacked tunnel slides and interior climbing nets; a Weevos® play system with playground slides, climbers and bridges to include kids ages 2 to 5 on the fun; a Cozy Dome® for kids to escape the hustle and bustle of a busy playground; custom mushroom-shape shade structures where you can take refuge from the sun; and a Lunar Blast® Net Climber.

Adding sculptural appeal to the Central Park play environment, you’ll also see a titanium tire swing that in any other setting could double as an interactive art installation hovering over a gently sloping, nature-inspired play surface. To further mirror the earthy terrain, the park incorporates concrete rock climbing walls, molded from actual rock formations, along the perimeter of the play environment which encourage kids to Play Naturally® while challenging their physical fitness and imagination.

Arriving by the Busload

“A play space like Central Park doesn’t come out of nowhere—it’s a product of hard work and attention to detail,” explains Landscape Structures consultant, Chris DesRoches. “As a result, there’s a lot of different things for kids to do here and when they come back it’s different every time.”

“There's a lot of different things for kids to do here and when they come back it's different every time,”Chris DesRoches Landscape Structures consultant

And come back they did. Since officially opening in November 2015, the park has been extremely popular with the residents of Maple Grove, young and old, as well as visitors who are coming from across the metro area by the busload.

“We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished here,” said Chuck. “The playground is such an essential piece of our larger park plan. We’re excited its here."

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