Landscape Architecture:
Planting plans, site designs, cost estimates, construction drawings, and construction oversight.

Park & Recreation Design:
Park site plans, layouts, and grant applications, in addition to the Landscape Architecture services noted above.

Playground Design:
At RGC Design, we are playground design experts. In fact, WE WROTE THE BOOK ON PLAYGROUND DEVELOPMENT! With our expertise in planting and playground design, we will enable you to create more than just a playground. We will design your own custom PLAYVIRONMENT.

ADA Transition Planning:
At RGC Design, with our knowledge in design, park and recreation planning, and capital budget development, we bring a unique perspective to ADA reviews and transition planning.  We not only provide an assessment of your current status as it relates to ADA code, we also provide a comprehensive plan for meeting ADA standards.  In addition, with our expertise, we can seamlessly tie the recommendations into your capital improvement plan and assist you with securing grant funding and implementation.


Get In Touch

Phone: 815/556-9233

Key Personnel

Robert Collins — Principal

Robert Collins is a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) in Illinois, a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI).  He graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana – Champaign in 1990 with a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture.

Since 1995, after five years working in residential landscape design, Robert entered the park and recreation industry as the Project Manager for a large park district agency west of Chicago.  Since then he has been involved in every aspect of the playground industry, including municipal agencies, professional firms, and playground vendors.  Over this time, he has designed and overseen the development of thousands of parks and playgrounds; and authored "The Complete Guide to Playground Development".  Robert has also designed and overseen the development of numerous residential, natural area, and municipal landscape projects.

Ben Kutscheid — Senior Landscape Architect

Ben Kutscheid is a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) in Illinois, a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI). Ben is a graduate from Michigan State University with a Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture.  Ben has 23 years of experience, primarily in Northern Illinois, working for professional Landscape Architecture Firms with a focus on Parks and Recreation.  Ben has completed Open Space Master Plans for neighborhoods, Communities and Counties.  He has developed Landscape and Park Development Plans from Concept to Grand Opening for hundreds of projects ranging from ten thousand dollars to fifteen million dollars.  Ben is a past Park Commissioner for the Park District of Highland Park, and has been a speaker at both NRPA and IAPD conventions.  Speaking topics included Art in the Playground, Park materials and surfaces, and ADA transition planning as part of a Capital Improvement Plan.

RGC Design originated when Robert Collins, writer of “The Complete Guide to Playground Development”, founded the company to further promote his passion for creating beautiful playground environments, or PLAYVIRONMENTS. The company is now a full service landscape architecture and park and recreation design firm, with a specialization in playground design.


  • Mastodon Island

    Mastodon Island - Phillips Park, Aurora, IL

    The Mastodon Island Adventure is part of the recently adopted Phillips Park Master Plan.

  • Providence Preparatory

    This beautiful adventure themed playground was designed in coordination with the school staff.

    The final design is set around three themed areas for the main age groups:

  • Friends Park

    Glencoe Park District

    “This is the best park ever” – Unidentified 4 year old.  Friends Park was renovated in the summer 2013, and is now the highlight of downtown Glencoe for children of all ages.

  • RGC Design featured on Radio Health Journal: Free Play

    RGC Design is featured on the Radio Health Journal show on importance of Free Play!  Click the link below to hear the Podcast: Free play and playgrounds Thanks to Radio Health Journal for their interest in this very important issue.  Remember to play today!

  • The Complete Guide to Playground Development

    The Complete Guide to Playground DevelopmentThe Complete Guide to Playground Development will guide you from design through construction, and every step in between, to your new dream playground in simple easy to understand terms.

  • Brookfield Zoo

    Main Playground
    Designed and developed in 2005, while Robert Collins was working with Recreation Concepts, Inc., the Brookfield Zoo Main Playground transformed a worn asphalt plaza into a beautiful playground.

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