Mindowaskin Park, Westfield, NJ
Located in Westfield, NJ, a town of 30,000 residents in Union County, about 25 miles from Manhattan, Mindowaskin Park is a spacious destination park that celebrates and teaches the rich history of this area. With precise details at every turn, this park transports visitors back to the Victorian Era with streetlights and architecture, big hats, suits and umbrellas. Combining a plethora of imaginative play opportunities with spinning, sliding and climbing creates unmatched play variety that draws children of all abilities into this space and changes the way they experience their local park. From the bridge to the light fixtures to the drinking fountain and playground, this park connects history to a place the community can come to gather, play and move in.
One of the goals in designing this space was to enhance the neighborhood greenspace offering and develop a play space that complemented the local ambience. Surrounded by gabled roofs, decorative trim, large porches and asymmetrical shapes, the same beautiful, Victorian-inspired designs adorn the play towers. The "streets" are even lit with lampposts that mirror the local style. As you flow through the village, multiple custom photo opportunity panels offer children the ability to imagine themselves in a whole new way, complete with characters in period dress. Designers at BCI Burke worked with the landscape and playground designers of Ben Schaffer Recreation, the Westfield Recreation Department, and friends of Mindowaskin Park to ensure the play environment remained historically accurate and aligned with the town's social culture.