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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: central park main visiting center building, building is labeled with letters reading Central Park of Maple Grove.}

[video: camera placed on top of a hill overlooking the park. Camera switches to a view of the natural adventure scape rock climbers and the Aero net climber. Camera switch to a planning view of the 2 to 5 years old play area. Side view of roller slide as children wait their turn to go down the slide. Camera switch to a view of the Crab Trap HDG. Top down view of a group of children sliding and screaming down double stainless-steel slide. Aerial view of Central Park. Children climb on the different height adventure scape concrete rock climbers.  Camera switch to two adults sitting on stone retaining wall speaking to camera.]

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 2 to 5-year-old playground area. A group of young girls sit on the omni spinner 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.]

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 Oodle swing. Camera view a group of children sliding down the double stainless-steel slide across the playground.]

[video: Camera switch to the top of the double stainless-steel slide lookout out over the playground. Text reads across entire screen 5-12 play areas. Camera view looking up inside the alpha tower as children climb above the camera. Close up of a young girl climbing inside the alpha tower up a vertical cargo net. Camera view up inside the alpha tower as children climb overhead. A young girl goes down the tube slide at the top of the Alpha tower. A young girl climbs on the outside of the Crab Trap HDG climber.]

[video: camera pans over to a young boy at the top 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 top and inside the climber. Aerial panning view across Central Park. Camera close up of young girl spinning on saddle spinner. turns and smiles at the cameras. Point of view camera is placed at the top of the tire swing with a top down view as two boys spin on the tire. Point of view camera is placed on a tire swing looking up as two boys quickly spin on the tire.]

Young boy on tire swing: Oh man!

[video: Point of view camera is placed at the top of a stand-up spinner with a top down view as a girl wearing sunglasses spin quickly around. Camera switches to being placed on the stand-up spinner foot platform as three kids spin together. A young boy climbs on the lunar blast web net climber. A young girl climbs from one adventure scape concrete rock climber to the next on the connecting rope bridges. A large group of children stand on top of a large adventure scape concrete rock climber.]

[video: a group of children climb on top of a cargo net horizontal climber. Camera switch to the top of the horizontal cargo net climber showing the alpha tower in the background. Camera switch to looking up the side of the hill where the horizontal cargo net climber is located. Young children play on the 2 to 5 size appropriate playground. Text appears across entire screen 2-5 play area. Children walk and crawl across wavy recycle wood plank bridge. Close up of young boy’s feet standing on a wiggle ladder. 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 spring rider. A Dad spins a group of girls on the Omni spinner. Close up of toy race track as two cars rush towards the camera. They bump into each other as the 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.]

[video: A young boy stands next to foot brail number ladder climber connected to the weevos play structure. Close up of sensory panel as a child spins the different colored blocks. Three children climb on a belt giggle juggle climber. A young boy walks over the boppity bridge towards the camera. A young girl goes down a slide off of the weevos play structure. Three girls stand and speak to the camera.]

Young girl: I like this little slide.

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

[video: camera close up of young boy smiling at the camera. A young boy sits next to a girl on the omni spinner. They spin in slow motion towards the camera. The young boy smiles a toothy smile as he spins by. Aerial panning of the entire park. Screen fades to black, white text reads Better playgrounds. Better world. Landscape Structures logo pans up from the bottom of the screen.]

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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.

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275 4th St E Ste 810
Saint Paul, MN 55101
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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: central park main visiting center building, building is labeled with letters reading Central Park of Maple Grove.}

[video: camera placed on top of a hill overlooking the park. Camera switches to a view of the natural adventure scape rock climbers and the Aero net climber. Camera switch to a planning view of the 2 to 5 years old play area. Side view of roller slide as children wait their turn to go down the slide. Camera switch to a view of the Crab Trap HDG. Top down view of a group of children sliding and screaming down double stainless-steel slide. Aerial view of Central Park. Children climb on the different height adventure scape concrete rock climbers.  Camera switch to two adults sitting on stone retaining wall speaking to camera.]

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 2 to 5-year-old playground area. A group of young girls sit on the omni spinner 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.]

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 Oodle swing. Camera view a group of children sliding down the double stainless-steel slide across the playground.]

[video: Camera switch to the top of the double stainless-steel slide lookout out over the playground. Text reads across entire screen 5-12 play areas. Camera view looking up inside the alpha tower as children climb above the camera. Close up of a young girl climbing inside the alpha tower up a vertical cargo net. Camera view up inside the alpha tower as children climb overhead. A young girl goes down the tube slide at the top of the Alpha tower. A young girl climbs on the outside of the Crab Trap HDG climber.]

[video: camera pans over to a young boy at the top 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 top and inside the climber. Aerial panning view across Central Park. Camera close up of young girl spinning on saddle spinner. turns and smiles at the cameras. Point of view camera is placed at the top of the tire swing with a top down view as two boys spin on the tire. Point of view camera is placed on a tire swing looking up as two boys quickly spin on the tire.]

Young boy on tire swing: Oh man!

[video: Point of view camera is placed at the top of a stand-up spinner with a top down view as a girl wearing sunglasses spin quickly around. Camera switches to being placed on the stand-up spinner foot platform as three kids spin together. A young boy climbs on the lunar blast web net climber. A young girl climbs from one adventure scape concrete rock climber to the next on the connecting rope bridges. A large group of children stand on top of a large adventure scape concrete rock climber.]

[video: a group of children climb on top of a cargo net horizontal climber. Camera switch to the top of the horizontal cargo net climber showing the alpha tower in the background. Camera switch to looking up the side of the hill where the horizontal cargo net climber is located. Young children play on the 2 to 5 size appropriate playground. Text appears across entire screen 2-5 play area. Children walk and crawl across wavy recycle wood plank bridge. Close up of young boy’s feet standing on a wiggle ladder. 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 spring rider. A Dad spins a group of girls on the Omni spinner. Close up of toy race track as two cars rush towards the camera. They bump into each other as the 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.]

[video: A young boy stands next to foot brail number ladder climber connected to the weevos play structure. Close up of sensory panel as a child spins the different colored blocks. Three children climb on a belt giggle juggle climber. A young boy walks over the boppity bridge towards the camera. A young girl goes down a slide off of the weevos play structure. Three girls stand and speak to the camera.]

Young girl: I like this little slide.

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

[video: camera close up of young boy smiling at the camera. A young boy sits next to a girl on the omni spinner. They spin in slow motion towards the camera. The young boy smiles a toothy smile as he spins by. Aerial panning of the entire park. Screen fades to black, white text reads Better playgrounds. Better world. Landscape Structures logo pans up from the bottom of the screen.]

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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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