Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo


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.

Working in close collaboration with the Brookfield Zoo staff, Robert Collins designed a playground with structures suitable for both preschool and school age children, as well as some freestanding play elements. Nature themed roofs and custom play panels were incorporated into the structures to tie into the zoo environment.

The site was transformed with a tri-colored tile surface designed to reflect the play structure’s colors. In order to maintain zoo foot traffic, while continuing to enhance aesthetic character, a brick walk was designed along the north edge of the playground area.

The Brookfield Zoo Main Playground has been extremely well received by both zoo staff and patrons. This success, as well as the collaborative design process, led to a feature article in Landscape Architect & Specifier News in 2007. This project was the first in a series of projects that transformed the Brookfield Zoo into a more family friendly and fun destination. Its great success opened the door to the continued beautification efforts you will see when you visit today.

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