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Pioneer Park

Mesa, AZ USA

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Playground Overview

Pioneer Park was renovated to include a 9,000 square-foot, multi-story playground. The inspiration for the playground design was the three types of trees found in the park—pistache, palm and mesquite. Collaboration between Landscape Structures and Dig Studio led to the creation of this safe and accessible themed playground. In addition to the epic tower structures, there are net climbers for challenge, thrilling slides and hangout spaces throughout the design. Plus, freestanding swings and spinners deliver more opportunities for children and entire families of all abilities.


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  • Age Ranges

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

  • ASTM
  • Installed

  • November 2017
  • Project Price Range
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Video featuring an outdoor playground with climbing structures at Pioneer Park in Mesa Arizona.

[video: panning view of the top of play structure. Camera switch to side view of the tallest structure while panning up.]

Andrea Moore: The main play structures mimic the three prominent trees in the park. So there's a pistachio tree, a pine tree, and a palm tree. There's some of the oldest and biggest in the city we talked about whether we could create tree houses that were playground equipment that was a little to challenging we also talked about how to get parents and grandparents interreacting and playing with the kid that really started the idea generation for the elevated walkway that's completely ADA accessible and has entry ways into each of the play structures and then the play structures themselves. A Dig Studio and Landscape Structures what you guys did with those ideas and turn them into, first it was a drawing on paper and now they're here on the ground. It's just it's amazing.

Grandmother: Oh, this is an awesome park. I'm one of the original kids that used to play hear all the time with the train [camera switches to large black train engine then switches back to grandmother] and this is really awesome now my grandkids are enjoying it.

Young girl: I like this, it goes fast.

[video: kid walking up spiraled tunnel.] Young boy 1: It's fun. Young girl 2: It makes me really happy. My favorite part is this big slide. [touches slide]

Young boy 1: Yeah I like it, it's pretty big. Young boy 2: You can look at the beautiful view. [points to outside]

[video: young boy sitting at the top of the structure] Young boy 3: I know it's so high.

[video: young boy looking down enclose ladder.] Camera Man: How cool is it up here? Does it feel like you're in the tree tops? [Pointing camera at young girl] Young girl 3: [smiles at camera, nods and giggles]

[video: young boy climbs up towards camera from ladder. Camera switch to Young boy 4: Beautiful! Young boy 5: It's cool. Young boy 4: It's the best day ever.

[video: two boys sliding down red tubbed slide holding camera towards his face. Camera view switches the front facing of boys feet going down and reaching bottom of slide.]

[video: children exiting bottom of slide.] Camera Man: Are you excited about this playground [Pointing camera at little boy] Little boy: Yes! I want to play in it!

[video: little boy spinning on triangle shaped seat. Panning up view of boys running up rainbow colored stairs. Camera switches to group of kids climbing up slightly slanted wall with foot and hand holds to top of 14 foot roller slide.]

[video: elevated view of boys going down roller slide and screaming. Camera switch to view group of kids playing on friend swing. Kids push swing and boy waves at camera.]

[video: ground level view of playground at dusk showing underlighting of structure. Camera switch to close of underlighting. Ground level view of tallest slide while panning upwards.]

[video: Views of playground camera switching from several different angles. Video fades to Dig Studio logo and Landscape Structures logo.]

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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: fade in to Eric Chuller also known as Wolf, stands in front of Pioneer Park playground. He speaks to camera.]

Eric: Inclusive play helps to... hmm how should I put this, it breaks down the barriers. There's it teaches people well not to stare it does it teaches people not to mistreat someone just because they're different whether it's something invisible that you can only see any under a brain scan like mine or whether it's someone and who can't even get out of a wheelchairs.]

[video: camera zooms in to Eric’s face.}

Eric: Play has always been a huge component of helping me to socialize with people due to the communication deficiencies I had with my autism. I've always believed that parks and recreation have been an integral part in facilitating socialization for people of all creeds, colors, and abilities.

Eric voiceover: Action facilitates socialization but not without forethought, not without structure and that's what this place has given Pioneer Park, that's what this project has done. [video: camera pans left to right as a group of children stand at a railing of main play structure overlooking the park. Two boys at the top of tower wait to go down the slide and talk at the camera. Young boy squeezes past another to talk at camera. Young boy with glasses sits on in enclosed tower and speaks at camera.]

Eric voiceover: It's restructured the community in its own way and it's not just a fresh coat of concrete, paint, and equipment here the way that people are reacting to it I see proof in the way that these kids are playing with one another. The way that they're exploring, the way that they are meeting friends new and old here. The design of this park certainly helps to unite people well in that model of inclusive play.

[video: camera pans left to right over large crowd gathered at pioneer park for ribbon cutting ceremony. Top down view of a group of people cutting ceremonial ribbon. Camera pans right to left showing large tower structure of playground. Group of boys push two other boys on friendship swing. Camera switch back to Eric speaking to camera. Fade to landscape structures logo.]

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 a 360 view of various places at Pioneer Park in Mesa Arizona at the grand opening.

[video: camera is placed near the base of the main play structure shaped like a pine tree as children play all around.. A young boy in a red shirt and a young girl with glasses walk by the camera.]

Young boy in red shirt: A camera!

[video: young boy turns around quickly to run back to camera to wave into it.]

Young boy in red shirt: Hello!

[video: camera is place on the other side of the pine tree play structure showing the accessible ramp leading up to another play structure. Many families stand on ramp as they look around the park.]

[video: camera is placed by a horizontal cargo net at the base of the play structure shaped like a palm tree. A mother holding her daughter stands at the base of the play structure look up.]

Mother: Did Gavin come out yet? Gavin! Go down the slide.

[video: camera is place in the middle of the horizontal cargo net. Several young girls climb all around the cargo net. A mother holds her daughters hand as she jumps on the cargo net.]

[video: camera is placed next to the friendship swing with two young girls swinging. Two other children on either side push the girls in the friendship swing as a line of children wait their turn to swing next.]

[video: camera is placed at the base of the third main structure shaped like a pistachio tree next to a corkscrew climber. Parents stand and watch as their children play around the structure. A group of kids play on the knot ball rope bridge.]

[video: camera is placed at the base of the pistachio tree structure. A young girl makes her way of the beginning of a climber cargo net into the first level of the pistachio tree structure.]

[video: camera is placed on the first level of the pistachio tree structure. Children climb up and down the center cargo net down from the second level. Groups of people stand at the railing looking out at different areas of the park. A young boy climbs down the center cargo net from the second level.]

[video: camera is placed on the third level of the pistachio tree structure. Two young boys crawl up from the middle cargo net crawl to the third level decking. A young boy runs and jumps all across the third level.]

[video: camera is placed at the top of a roller slide. A group of people wait in line to go down the roller slide. A young boy in a red shirt stands very close the camera. He looks closely at the camera. A young girl with glasses walks up to camera.]

Young boy: What is that?

Young girl with glasses: I want to go on this momma.

[video: camera is placed at the base of the palm tree structure slide. Parents wait at the bottom of the slide for their children. Five older boys quickly all exit the bottom of the slide one after the other.]

[video: camera is place at the bottom of the spiral stairs leading up to the of the pine tree play structure. Children run up the stairs to the slide.]

[video: camera is placed at the top of the pine tree structure tube slide. Children run up the stairs the tube slide. A young girl and her father walk to the entrance of the slide.]

Father: Let's go all the way up, oh yeah. [video: they both turn around to see if they want to keep climbing up the structure instead of going down the slide. They turn back around to the tube slide.]

Father: Alright let’s go down this one. [video: young girl sits down at top of slide then gets up to let her father sit down first. Fade to black.]

 

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Merging Nature and Play

Park renovation breathes new life into community gathering space

In 2011, the City of Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities Department began the process of developing a master plan for its parks. And the first project of the master plan was a renovation of Pioneer Park.

“We wanted to re-energize the park,” explained Andrea Moore, parks administrator at City of Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities Department. “We wanted to bring more activity to the core of this park.”

After a park bond was approved by voters in 2012, the Pioneer Park project moved forward. In addition to adding a 9,000 square-foot playground, a splash pad and planting 130 trees, park officials tended to the historic trees, updated historic monuments and restored the Southern Pacific train car, which has been a pillar of the park for generations.

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 featuring an outdoor playground with climbing structures at Pioneer Park in Mesa Arizona.

[video: panning view of the top of play structure. Camera switch to side view of the tallest structure while panning up.]

Andrea Moore: The main play structures mimic the three prominent trees in the park. So there's a pistachio tree, a pine tree, and a palm tree. There's some of the oldest and biggest in the city we talked about whether we could create tree houses that were playground equipment that was a little to challenging we also talked about how to get parents and grandparents interreacting and playing with the kid that really started the idea generation for the elevated walkway that's completely ADA accessible and has entry ways into each of the play structures and then the play structures themselves. A Dig Studio and Landscape Structures what you guys did with those ideas and turn them into, first it was a drawing on paper and now they're here on the ground. It's just it's amazing.

Grandmother: Oh, this is an awesome park. I'm one of the original kids that used to play hear all the time with the train [camera switches to large black train engine then switches back to grandmother] and this is really awesome now my grandkids are enjoying it.

Young girl: I like this, it goes fast.

[video: kid walking up spiraled tunnel.] Young boy 1: It's fun. Young girl 2: It makes me really happy. My favorite part is this big slide. [touches slide]

Young boy 1: Yeah I like it, it's pretty big. Young boy 2: You can look at the beautiful view. [points to outside]

[video: young boy sitting at the top of the structure] Young boy 3: I know it's so high.

[video: young boy looking down enclose ladder.] Camera Man: How cool is it up here? Does it feel like you're in the tree tops? [Pointing camera at young girl] Young girl 3: [smiles at camera, nods and giggles]

[video: young boy climbs up towards camera from ladder. Camera switch to Young boy 4: Beautiful! Young boy 5: It's cool. Young boy 4: It's the best day ever.

[video: two boys sliding down red tubbed slide holding camera towards his face. Camera view switches the front facing of boys feet going down and reaching bottom of slide.]

[video: children exiting bottom of slide.] Camera Man: Are you excited about this playground [Pointing camera at little boy] Little boy: Yes! I want to play in it!

[video: little boy spinning on triangle shaped seat. Panning up view of boys running up rainbow colored stairs. Camera switches to group of kids climbing up slightly slanted wall with foot and hand holds to top of 14 foot roller slide.]

[video: elevated view of boys going down roller slide and screaming. Camera switch to view group of kids playing on friend swing. Kids push swing and boy waves at camera.]

[video: ground level view of playground at dusk showing underlighting of structure. Camera switch to close of underlighting. Ground level view of tallest slide while panning upwards.]

[video: Views of playground camera switching from several different angles. Video fades to Dig Studio logo and Landscape Structures logo.]

Engaging the Whole Community

Pioneer Park played host to many large-scale events, neighborhood park-type events and everything in between, so the layout of the park was important.

The original playground was positioned on the east side of the park near the Southern Pacific train car; the proximity of the two had raised questions about whether the train car was part of the play space. Additionally, multi-family housing is located on the west side of the park, and park planners wanted to easily bring those kids into the play space as well as the whole community.

"We wanted to keep the character of the park but bring more positive activity.” Andrea Moore, parks administrator, City of Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities Department

The result? The plan included moving the playground to the west side of Pioneer Park.

“We tried to come up with intergenerational play opportunities to engage the whole community,” said Moore. “That was the whole premise behind the park design.”

Ideas Become Reality

“We have a lot of old-growth trees here… some of the oldest and biggest in the city,” explained Moore. “And we wanted to encourage people to play in the trees, and that was the whole idea behind the playground design.”

The inspiration for the playground design was the three types of trees found in the park—pistache, palm and pine. Collaboration between Landscape Structures and Dig Studio led to the creation of playground towers that mimicked the surrounding trees.

"What Landscape Structures and Dig Studio did with our ideas—first they were a drawing on paper, and now it’s here in the ground."

“We talked a lot about how to get parents and grandparents interacting with the kids and not just sitting on the benches watching from the sidelines,” said Moore. “That started the idea generation for the elevated walkway.”

The elevated walkway, which flows through the entire play space, is completely ADA accessible and provides entryways into each of the playstructures.

Even more, it delivers a “walk among the trees” feel to users.

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Back for More Play

Pioneer Park has been a gathering space for generations of families. And now that the renovation is complete, those same families are back for more fun. The park has become a vibrant and interactive place to be since its reopening. The community has responded positively to it.

"It’s been fascinating to hear people talk about the new features bringing back their childhood memories of the park, and how happy they are to bring their own kids.” Chad Atterbury, senior associate partner, Dig Studio

“I love that we were able to merge nature and play together,” said Moore, “especially in an urban setting like this where kids don't always get the opportunity to go out and see other parts of the state and country.”

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