Turkey Thicket Recreation Center

Washington, DC USA

Custom

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Age Ranges

  • 2 to 5 years
  • 5 to 12 years

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$200K-$500K+

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Nestled among several residential communities in Washington, D.C., this custom little town features a unique main street area, complete with a well-stocked farmer’s market. A PlayBooster® playstructure entertains kids ages 5 to 12 along with a signature train heading through a mountain tunnel. Kids can climb the mountainsides, scamper across the bridge, then climb over, across and into the train itself. A community-themed playstructure for kids ages 2 to 5 includes rooftops that echo those in the actual neighborhood. Various climbing elements were incorporated along the “outskirts of town” to create an additional energetic circuit of free-form play.

Tiny Town Square

As one of several playground projects taking place across Washington, D.C., at the same time, each park location required its own theme. Turkey Thicket Recreation Center is nestled among several residential communities, so it was given a village and transportation theme, complete with mountains, train tracks, flowing streams and interconnected roadways.

A Collaborative Effort

Isaac Sparks, a Landscape Structures playground consultant, worked closely with designers from Landscape Structures to create this custom little community. “We pulled images from Google,” explains Isaac of Sparks@Play. “And we looked at what Landscape Structures has done in the past with custom transportation and village themes.”

In the end, they created a unique main street area, complete with a well-stocked farmer’s market. A fully customized train heads through a mountain tunnel. Kids can climb the mountainsides, scamper across the bridge, then climb over, across and into the train itself.

"We were so fortunate to be part of this great collaborative process that involved Landscape Structures and a really visionary client," Stephanie Sparks, formerally of Sparks@Play.

According to Isaac, "This is the highest percentage of custom we've done with Landscape Structures. Nothing is standard except for the Oodle® Swing, OmniSpin® Spinner and a couple of Saddle Spinners.”

Landscaped Play

Isaac worked with Dan Dove, a landscape architect at Studio 39, to incorporate a significant grade change into the playground. They created berms, covered the area in synthetic grass and installed a rope climber, a roller climber, a slide and log steppers for an energetic circuit of free-form play.

"This created a natural element to the village, kind of like the outskirts of town," explains Isaac. Dan adds, "It gives kids in an urban area a chance to play king of the mountain and roll down the hills."

Fun for All

The Turkey Thicket Recreation Center playground is ADA accessible and features two playstructures, one for ages 2- to 5- years and the other for ages 5- to 12- years. A slight separation between the two playstructures affords a cohesive appearance in overall theme and design.

Where the Villagers Gather

With a brand new middle school nearby and several elementary schools within walking distance, Turkey Thicket Recreation Center has become an extremely popular meeting spot right after school and while kids wait to begin a program at the nearby recreation and aquatic center.

Installed: October 2013

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Playground consultant for this project

Sparks@Play, LLC
3705 Crondall Ln
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Phone 410-356-4151
info@sparksatplay.com
www.sparksatplay.com

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