CO - Paco Sanchez Park
Video features a giant 1950s microphone-inspired tower heralds the horizon, but the built-in play value is what really makes this park honoring local radio DJ Paco Sanchez truly extraordinary. Brilliant colors and bold presence aside, it’s the imaginative use of musical references that do the hard work of delivering dynamic play. Notes and scales offer footholds. Sound waves created by netted climbing adventures. Chimes travel with kids as they run across the bridge. When iconic play and iconic architecture come together, they make beautiful music.
[video: scene starts with the Paco playable logo structure. The scene shifts to an overhead view as a large group of children run towards the play structure. Camera pans from bottom to top of microphone structure showing kids running in and out of it.]
Heather Runkel (Senior Parks Project Manager, City of Denver): We knew we wanted a big impact statement piece, and Paco Sanchez was Denver's first Hispanic DJ.
[video: scene shows images of microphone themed ideation sketches.] Heather: We kind of settled on broadcasting, was going to be our theme.
Heather: We've talked to lots of different playground manufacturers, and then we talked to Landscape Structures and Rocky Mountain Rec and came up with what you're seeing now, this mic tower concept [video: scene pans to side-view of park.]
Heather: So, it's really cool because there's ways to interact with it. like we didn't even think of.
Heather: So, there's kids saying, "Hey there's a secret passage here!" and there's the different levels of challenge. So, the users of all ages, little kids to adults, have been experiencing the power which has been really cool.
Heather: There's so many different ways to play on the structure. It's been great to watch.
Young girl 1: [video: young girl sits on belting of interior of structure.] I really like it, it's like an obstacle.
Young boy 1: It's just huge.
Young boy 2: The slide's fun.
[video: shows kids climbing throughout the structure.]
Young boy 3: There's a lot of stuff. I like the slide cause it's super big.
Boy 1: It's actually really cool. There's a lot of ways and stuff to do so you never get bored. I'm 11 and I still like this thing.
[video: shows climbing features within structure, including a slide throughout with climbing steps over all of it so kids may climb over everything.]
Woman 1: I like spending time with my kids and... this is fun.
Young boy 4: I'm bouncing!
[video: scene pans to bridge leading to the entrance of the structure.] Woman 1: I like the design, I like the structure, and you can climb. It's very physical. Even for adults. [video: woman goes down slide with her young child in her lap.]
[video: top down view shows complicated netting throughout structure and the variety of ways to climb throughout. Young boy walks across netting. Scene switches to footholds on the slide that a young boy uses to climb up.]
[video: young girls swing on net climbers on exterior of structure. Camera switches to them climbing into microphone interior from the bottom through a series of stepping elements.]
[video: young girl enters stainless steel slide. Camera switches to front facing view as the young girl slides down holding the camera. Scene switches to top down view of the slide with the young girl sliding out.]
[video: overhead view shows entirety of structure and park. Scene switches to Dig Studio and Denver Parks and Rec logo. Switches to Landscape Structures logo. Video fades out.]