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.



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Key Personnel


Robert Collins — Principal

Robert Collins is a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) in Illinois, and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).  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.





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

    UPDATE: The Mastodon Island Adventure is nearly completed and open for use!  Check out this article in Landscape Architect and Specifier News (LASN)

  • Polzin Park - Transforming a neighborhood through play:

    The site on the corner of 23rd and Mead in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin contained a vacant brick building and a derelict fenced yard.  RGC Design guided the Racine Community Outpost from conceptual design through development, truly transforming the neighborhood into a vibrant and fun place to live, work and play.

  • Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center Playground

    In 2013 and 2014 the Tinley Park Park District created an addition on the Community Center. The addition displaced the existing playground.


  • 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:

  • 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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