23. April 2018

Heron Land­ing Com­mu­ni­ty Park, Cal­i­for­nia

Locat­ed in Ran­cho Cor­do­va, Cal­i­for­nia, Heron Land­ing Com­mu­ni­ty Park is the newest addi­tion to the Cor­do­va Recre­ation and Park Dis­trict and was designed by The HLA Group Land­scape Archi­tects & Plan­ners. Named and inspired by the wet­lands to the south and sea­son­al migra­to­ry birds, this 20-acre com­mu­ni­ty park play­ful­ly cel­e­brates ele­ments of nature by tap­ping into the wealth of exist­ing nat­ur­al beau­ty that sur­round it.

The park plays host to var­i­ous active and pas­sive recre­ation­al oppor­tu­ni­ties, which includes an expan­sive play area. The play area brings nature direct­ly to the user with the inclu­sion of col­or­ful but­ter­fly shade canopies that flut­ter through it. The play equip­ment and sur­fac­ing invoke visions of streams and riverbeds. Amphibi­ous ani­mal sculp­tures appear to emerge from the water-col­ored play sur­fac­ing.

Berliner’s Cosmo structure is a highlight of the park. With its organic forms, climbing elements, non-traditional slides, and spinning component, it allows users to creatively play just as they would in nature. Whether it is climbing to the top to test one’s bravery or gathering with friends in the center, this piece provides opportunities for users to choose their own adventure and play however they want.

The spatial net in the center offers three-dimensional climbing, an activity that helps children to develop and improve their psychomotor skills. The diverse climbing nets along with the double curved banister that gently bends promises to keep children moving!

You’ll find the curved tubes of the frame system are made of stainless steel, the connecting points of the structure of powder-coated cast aluminum. All tensioning points are provided with the patented AstemTT tensioning system.

The Palmetto Saucer, another Berliner play piece in the park, enables multiple children to swing together, emphasizing socialization and interaction among the children. Swinging also helps develop a sense of balance, whole body awareness and body coordination.

All in all, the Cosmo structure and Palmetto Saucer, together with the beautiful backdrop of the wetlands, harkens back to the days of unstructured and adventurous play and makes this park a destination and asset for the community and region at large.