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Domino Park

Brooklyn, NY USA

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Inspired by artist Mark Reigelman’s interpretation of the historic Domino Sugar Factory, Landscape Structures designed it into playable reality. An intricate web of belting, nets and climbers lets kids scramble from the sugar shack up to the masher tower and over to the centrifuge. Stainless steel slides look just like industrial pipes. Casts of original factory valves are scattered throughout. And some of the wood was reclaimed from the original sugar shack, giving kids a tactile connection to history.


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  • Age Ranges

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

  • ASTM
  • Installed

  • June 2018
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Domino Park- Brooklyn, NY

Inspired by artist Mark Reigelman’s interpretation of the historic Domino Sugar Factory, Landscape Structures designed it into playable reality. An intricate web of belting, nets and climbers lets kids scramble from the sugar shack up to the masher tower and over to the centrifuge. Stainless-steel slides look just like industrial pipes. Casts of original factory valves are scattered throughout. And some of the wood was reclaimed from the original sugar shack, giving kids a tactile connection to history.

[video: scene opens to Domino Park signage, switches to overhead view of Domino sugar factory inspired play structure.]

On-Screen text: The Domino Park Playground

[video: scene switches to zoomed-out view of Domino Playground situated alongside the East River with bridge in background of scene.]

On-Screen text: Situated along the east river.

[video: Structure features two stainless steel slides protruding from upper decks and upper portion of silo.]

On-screen text: sits on the former site of the 150-year-old Domino Sugar Refinery.

[video: scene switches to view of a wooden house representing the sugar cane cabin built upon stilts connected to the silo with a stainless-steel crawl tunnel. The house is made of reclaimed wood from the original Domino factory.]

[video: father picks up child to grab overhead rungs on the underside of the structure. Young toddler grabs the rungs as his father holds him up.]

[video: young kids climb up a belted cargo net on the interior of structure. Young boy runs out of main silo.]

On-screen text: The play experience

[video: young boy holds onto grab bar connected to structure. Two kids jump into stainless steel crawl tunnel.]

On-screen text: leads children through

[video: boy climbs up recycled plastic lumber ladder.]

On-Screen text: the sugar refining process.

[video: boy slides down stainless-steel slide holding camera in front of his face as he smiles.]

[video: young boy stands in front of silo entrance, scene switches to young boy climbing down rope and netting. Scene switches to zoomed-out view of playground.]

On-screen text: From the Sugar Cane Cabin

[video: overhead view shows wooden sugar cane cabin]

On-screen text: to the Sweetwater Silo

[video: silo sits as tallest structure with a long stainless-steel slide protruding from it]

On-Screen text: to the Sugarcube Centrifuge.

[video: smaller centrifuge sits, acting as the designated area for younger kids to play.]

[video: young kids climb up belting.]

On-screen text: Each designed to resemble part of the actual factory.

[video: camera looks up at wooden sugar cane cabin sitting next to silo connected via tunnel. Scene switches to young children swinging on rungs.]

On-screen text: Featuring wood reclaimed from [video: scene zooms onto reclaimed wood] the original refinery walls.

[video: girl climbs down ladder into cabin.]

On-screen text: and aluminum molds made from salvaged valve wheels. [video: boy spins the steering wheel connected to the structure. Another young boy speaks into a talk tube.]

Mother: (speaking into talk tube) I love you.

Boy: (speaking into talk tube) Me too.

[video: features two slides extruding from the centrifuge and the crawl tunnel leading up to it. To young boys climb up further into structure.]

On-screen text: An exciting and safe spot

[video: kids climb up the spiraled belting and netting further into the tower.]

On-Screen text: for everyone to enjoy the historic spirit of this location.

[video: overhead view shows playground positioned next to the East River. Camera switches scenes as young girl climbs up stilts on the underside of structure. She smiles up at her father. Young boy climbs up a crawl tunnel.]

[video: young girl waves at camera, scene switches to a young boy smiling and eating a snack. Two twins hug each other at the bottom of one of the slides as they smile up at camera.]

[video: overhead view zooms away from Domino Park playground, fades to Landscape Structures logo.]

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Bringing Design and Creativity to Play

Former sugar factory site creating opportunities for social engagement

A 6-acre park in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., Domino Park is situated along the East River at the former site of the Domino Sugar Refinery. The park features an ADA accessible elevated walkway, beach volleyball, a bocce court and four-season turf field, two water features, a dog run and restaurant.

A huge piece of the project is the Domino Park Playground, which was designed by Brooklyn-based artist Mark A. Reigelman II. He was approached by Two Trees Management, the owner and operator of the park, to bring his design and creativity to the playground project.

“Two Trees really believed that the playground could be the social epicenter of the park,” said Reigelman. “And they wanted to do it right.”

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.

Domino Park- Brooklyn, NY

Inspired by artist Mark Reigelman’s interpretation of the historic Domino Sugar Factory, Landscape Structures designed it into playable reality. An intricate web of belting, nets and climbers lets kids scramble from the sugar shack up to the masher tower and over to the centrifuge. Stainless-steel slides look just like industrial pipes. Casts of original factory valves are scattered throughout. And some of the wood was reclaimed from the original sugar shack, giving kids a tactile connection to history.

[video: scene opens to Domino Park signage, switches to overhead view of Domino sugar factory inspired play structure.]

On-Screen text: The Domino Park Playground

[video: scene switches to zoomed-out view of Domino Playground situated alongside the East River with bridge in background of scene.]

On-Screen text: Situated along the east river.

[video: Structure features two stainless steel slides protruding from upper decks and upper portion of silo.]

On-screen text: sits on the former site of the 150-year-old Domino Sugar Refinery.

[video: scene switches to view of a wooden house representing the sugar cane cabin built upon stilts connected to the silo with a stainless-steel crawl tunnel. The house is made of reclaimed wood from the original Domino factory.]

[video: father picks up child to grab overhead rungs on the underside of the structure. Young toddler grabs the rungs as his father holds him up.]

[video: young kids climb up a belted cargo net on the interior of structure. Young boy runs out of main silo.]

On-screen text: The play experience

[video: young boy holds onto grab bar connected to structure. Two kids jump into stainless steel crawl tunnel.]

On-screen text: leads children through

[video: boy climbs up recycled plastic lumber ladder.]

On-Screen text: the sugar refining process.

[video: boy slides down stainless-steel slide holding camera in front of his face as he smiles.]

[video: young boy stands in front of silo entrance, scene switches to young boy climbing down rope and netting. Scene switches to zoomed-out view of playground.]

On-screen text: From the Sugar Cane Cabin

[video: overhead view shows wooden sugar cane cabin]

On-screen text: to the Sweetwater Silo

[video: silo sits as tallest structure with a long stainless-steel slide protruding from it]

On-Screen text: to the Sugarcube Centrifuge.

[video: smaller centrifuge sits, acting as the designated area for younger kids to play.]

[video: young kids climb up belting.]

On-screen text: Each designed to resemble part of the actual factory.

[video: camera looks up at wooden sugar cane cabin sitting next to silo connected via tunnel. Scene switches to young children swinging on rungs.]

On-screen text: Featuring wood reclaimed from [video: scene zooms onto reclaimed wood] the original refinery walls.

[video: girl climbs down ladder into cabin.]

On-screen text: and aluminum molds made from salvaged valve wheels. [video: boy spins the steering wheel connected to the structure. Another young boy speaks into a talk tube.]

Mother: (speaking into talk tube) I love you.

Boy: (speaking into talk tube) Me too.

[video: features two slides extruding from the centrifuge and the crawl tunnel leading up to it. To young boys climb up further into structure.]

On-screen text: An exciting and safe spot

[video: kids climb up the spiraled belting and netting further into the tower.]

On-Screen text: for everyone to enjoy the historic spirit of this location.

[video: overhead view shows playground positioned next to the East River. Camera switches scenes as young girl climbs up stilts on the underside of structure. She smiles up at her father. Young boy climbs up a crawl tunnel.]

[video: young girl waves at camera, scene switches to a young boy smiling and eating a snack. Two twins hug each other at the bottom of one of the slides as they smile up at camera.]

[video: overhead view zooms away from Domino Park playground, fades to Landscape Structures logo.]

Research Makes Perfect

Reigelman’s background is in industrial design, and design research has always been an important piece to his process.

“I used social media to reach out to parents,” explained Reigelman. “I asked about the things their kids are most excited to play with at playgrounds. I received hundreds of responses, and slides and swings, or swing-like things, rose to the top.”

“A play space can be as engaging for parents as it is for kids. Even if they're playing under the guise of helping their child.” Mark A. Reigelman II, artist

Additionally, he reached out to his family and friends to ask them what they, as parents, look for when visiting a playground. Even more, he borrowed a friend’s kid and went on a series of playground visits to observe the play experience at a variety of New York locations.

“I took all of that—the social media research, interviews and observations—and funneled it into the design.”

A Vision of Industrial Chaos

“My goal for the playground, conceptually, was pretty obvious,” explained Reigelman. “Research of the site revolved around the Domino Sugar factory. I saw documentation of the factory—tubes coming here and going there. It was beautiful industrial chaos and I thought ‘this is the playground!’”

That initiated the idea. Then Reigelman focused on how to lay out the play experiences in a way that was relevant and fixated on the sugar refinery process. Simplifying a very complicated process, Reigelman reduced the process to three main steps:

  • Step 1: Sugar cane - sugar cane enters the facilityand is cleaned, washed, cut and processed.
  • Step 2: Rotary filter - cut sugar cane goes through a series of hot liquid decanters and rotary filters.
  • Step 3: Centrifuge - centrifugal action is used at the end of the process to separate the syrup and sugar crystals into raw sugar and molasses.

“I wanted the kids to be like ‘What is going on? Am I allowed to be here?"

The design started with an industrial aesthetic and incorporated the above process, which lead to the creation of the three main play areas—the Sugar Cane Cabin, Sweetwater Silo and Centrifuge. And to help carry on the story of the factory as well as help with wayfinding, they used words from the original factory signage inside the playstructures.

“The idea is that children enter the playground as the raw sugar cane and exit as raw sugar ,” said Reigelman. “We want them to feel like they are part of the process.”

Reigelman collaborated with a team of experts including Landscape Structures to refine the playground design to ensure that it could be engineered to meet all the appropriate safety standards.

“It took weeks to figure out how we could design and engineer the ladders in the Sugar Cane Cabin in a way that met all necessary safety standards,” he said. “It was hugely collaborative to make it work out.

“The original napkin sketches are pretty darn close to what we ended up fabricating. The team involved was able to see the vision I was trying to achieve. It's great how consistent we stayed throughout the design and engineering process.”

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Nurturing Social Interaction

The feedback on Domino Park Playground has been wonderfully positive since it’s opening in June 2018. Rain or shine, the playground has been packed. Not only are the kids and their families enjoying the new play space, but people just passing by are amazed at the custom playstructure.

“You see the parents up there playing with their kids. And it's not because they're concerned about the safety of their kids… they are having fun.”

“The joy and the reward of having something like this in real space is amazing.”

“There is a cross section of people at this playground that is really unique,” said Reigelman. “Long-term Brooklyn residents of various backgrounds and borough newcomers are all gathering and enjoying the social experience and unbelievable views. The playground is providing an opportunity for these parents and their kids to interact in ways that would unlikely to happen otherwise. That has been an awesome observation and has opened my eyes to the opportunity for public art and social engagement.”

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 animation of the future playground at Domino Park in Brooklyn New York.

[video: view fades into a point of view underneath the Brooklyn Bridge with the city skyline in the background. The view pans right to left out from under the bridge and across the harbor. Seagulls and boat horns can be heard in the background. Text appears on the screen that reads Domino Park is built on the grounds of the former Domino Sugar Refinery. A site of incredible significance to the growth and development of the entire Brooklyn waterfront. View continues to pan across the top of the water showing more of the city skyline. Text appears that reads an area of New York that had been run down and forgotten until...]

[video: background fades from the water front. Landscape Structures logo appears with text below reads presents. Background fades into an outdoor patio with picnic table and umbrellas with a taco cina restaurant in the background. The view point pans right to left from the Taco Cina restaurant and eating patio area over a dividing garden wall to the sidewalk off the harbor. An animated person skateboards down the sidewalk.]

[video: background fades into a view of the playground from the sidewalk. Animated people sit on benches outside the fence of the playground on the sidewalk. The view point pans fully across the entire side of the playground structures. View point changes to the other side of the playground structures and pans left to right down side of all three play structures. View point switches to underneath an overhead side walk with the playground in the background. An animated women walks on the side walk in front of the view point as it pans towards the entrance to the fence around the playground. An animated child holds a paper airplane above his head as he enters the playground fence entrance.]

[video: view point changes to inside the playground fencing at the bottom of the first structures incline ramp. View point pans around the entrance of the ramp to the backside of the stainless-steel tube slide off of the first structure. View point fades into a rotating view of the inside of the first structure made to look like the Sugar Cane Cabin processing building. View point changes to outside the fence of the playground where it zooms in to the second playground structure the Sweetwater Silo. This structure is made to look like the rotary filter that the cut sugar cane would go through series of hot liquid decanters and rotary filters. The strainer like sheeting on the outside of the structure fades to transparent so that the climbing structures inside can be seen. The outer sheeting fades back to full opacity.]

[video: view point changes to panning straight of the Sweetwater silo. Cargo net climbers and the interior spiral staircase can be seen. The view point fades the top of the silo and overhead cargo net climbers. The view point pans right to left as the sun beams through the grated see-through windows at the top of the silo. The view point changes to down on the ground where it pans past and under the large tube stainless steel slide off of the Sweetwater silo. View point continues to pan underneath the walking bridge and stairs from the Sweetwater silo to the Sugar cube Centrifuge. View point stops panning once the steps up to the Sugar cube Centrifuge are in view.]

[video: view point looks up through the doorway into the Sugar cube Centrifuge at the cargo net climbers inside. The outer metal walls fade to transparent as the view point rotates around the Sugar cube Centrifuge. Outer wall material fades back to full opacity. View point zooms out from Sugar cube Centrifuge to show entire play structure and the two-tubed stainless steel slide and crawl tunnel off of the play structure. View point changes to a full elevated above the Domino Park playground. It zooms out to show the playground and the surrounding side walk and park features. Landscape Structures logo fades into the middle of the screen. Text below Landscape Structures logo appears, text reads Domino Park, hashtag shaped by play, www.playlsi.com.]

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