This project was a new and exciting change for the Bayer Becker design team. Very few parks use natural material in their playgrounds, but Warren County Parks District wanted something unique to help Armco Park stand out and to help their visitors connect with the environment. They challenged Bayer Becker to design a park space using all-natural material for playground equipment, to create an environment for free play and learning while using raw material. This presented the opportunity to really let the designer’s creativity run wild, building the space out of recycled natural material, wood, rock, trees, dirt, and plants. Bayer Becker brought innovative design solutions for the natural playscape and provided enough details for client to construct and save money by sourcing and building it themselves.
Extending the natural sourced theme, Bayer Becker’s landscape architects produced hand drawn sketches of items to build out of natural material. The Park District used park personnel and volunteers to build the spaces and bring the designs to life. Because the Park District was able to use their own personnel to build in combination with naturally sourced materials, more detailed plans were not required to be provided at a larger cost.
To ensure the park would meet the needs of the community and the Parks Department, Bayer Becker worked closely with our client to design the overall park space and reviewed sketches to discuss details of the items to be built. To ensure quality and design compliance, Bayer Becker has been on site during some parts of construction to answer any questions as the playscape takes shape.