The playground at Garvies Point, a multi-use development on the shores of Hempstead Harbor in Glen Cove, Long Island, showcases the perfect marriage between a child's need for imaginative play and a designer's desire to create a relevant, attention-drawing landmark. Designed by MPFP, an internationally renowned landscape architecture and urban design firm, the Garvies Point playground is anchored by a massive play tower that simultaneously references both a ship's mast and a lighthouse.
Beyond using the play tower to reference the site's waterfront nature, the tower also acts as a "beacon" to draw people to the playground. "We wanted a very significant vertical element that you can see from other areas of the site to attract kids to the playground, explains Rick Parisi, MPFP's managing director and the Garvies Point project's lead designer. "We didn't want to tuck the playground away. We were striving to do something different. We looked toward European manufacturers specifically for something that was like a tower, that felt more original."
The upcoming Playgrounds Issue of Landscape Architect and Specifier News saw many firms submit their projects for feature consideration. This project was not chosen for a Feature in the issue, but we at LandscapeArchitect.com thought the project deserved to be showcased online . . .