Renovation of a Popular Park

Denver, Colorado

Stream was retained by Denver Parks and Recreation to design a new playground for Garland Park, a community park in southeast Denver. The City was looking to replace its existing, outdated facilities with a large and unique playground that would attract families from around the City, and which would complement the park’s other amenities that include sports facilities (volleyball and baseball/softball) and the adjacent Cherry Creek Trail corridor.

After a site selection process undertaken to identify the best location for the new playground, Stream, and its teaming partner Urban Play Studio, developed a design that builds on Garland Park’s sports and riparian character by merging a “wonky” soccer field with incongruous landscape features such as mounds, trees, and a “river” walk. Play equipment was selected to reinforce the design themes, and to create distinct play areas for the 2-5 year and 5-12 year age groups. The design creatively incorporates a variety of surface types, including natural grass, artificial sports turf, rubber play surface, sand, crusher fines, and concrete, to create a rich spatial experience that blurs the edges between park and playground, creating a diverse and integrated play environment.