OAK BROOK PARK DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTER
OAK BROOK, IL
SHIP WRECK ON AN ISLAND
The Shipwreck on an Island concept was designed and developed in 2003, while Robert Collins was working with Recreation Concepts, Inc. The design was conceived to unify the site design while expanding the playground and adding a large splash park area at the existing Oak Brook Park District community center. The Shipwreck on an Island playground has become a premier PLAYVIRONMENT for Oak Brook and the surrounding communities.
Working in close collaboration with the Oak Brook Park District staff and their landscape architect, Robert Collins designed the playground structures to bring out the design concept. The play areas were defined into three areas linked by the overall theme: A school age structure as the island, a tot structure as the shipwreck on the beach, and a splash park area as the ocean.
The school age playground structure is designed as the island area, with a tree theme and high decks and slides as well as a ramp access point. The “treescape” decks have internal climbers to mimic climbing a tree. To enhance the theme, the surfacing for this area is wood fiber.
The tot area is the shipwreck on the beach. The structure is designed as a ship with one side “smashed” into large rock themed climbers. The structure also has lookout points, under deck imaginary play areas, climbers and slides. Poured in place rubber surface with blue and beige color reflect the ocean on the beach theme.
TREE THEMED SCHOOL AGE STRUCTURE
SPLASH PARK OCEAN AREA
The splash park area is very large, containing exciting above grade and flush mounted spray events that are activated by the users and run through programmed sequences to maintain fun and interest. This “ocean” area has rubber surfacing with various shades of blue.
For much greater detail on this project, please read the feature article that Robert Collins wrote about this project featured in Landscape Architect & Specifier News in 2005.
Sun, August 22, 2010
by Robert Collins