Background and Narrative on Creative Playscape Redesign:
Reasons for Redesign
The Creative Playscape was designed in 1993 with the aim of providing a play space for children of all abilities. However, standards for accessibility have changed since that time. Title II of the American with Disabilities Act covers public entities and was amended in 2010 to include more stringent standards for access to public recreation facilities, which includes playground equipment. Additionally, current Texas Health and Safety Code standards for playgrounds can no longer be met with the existing playscape. Standards include elements such as stair designs, widths of passageways, materials, and the numbers of accessible features. Current accessibility and safety standards will be followed in determining the design of the new play elements. The redesign of the Creative Playscape will involve a new accessible playscape design with durable and safe materials. However, some elements of the existing playscape can be preserved and reconfigured into the new design.
Project Time Line
Status Update: 4/1/13 – Staff is currently working with Baker|Aicklen for landscape architectural services to assist with the facilitation and completion of this project.
Status Update: 6/6/13 – Baker|Aicklen and staff held a public input meeting on 5/13/13 to discuss to process for replacement. Baker|Aicklen and staff held a youth design charrette with 50 camp goodwater children to gather input on possible design elements on 6/5/13. Another public input meeting is scheduled for 6/19/13.
Status Update: 7/31/13 – Staff is scheduled to begin detailed design process in early August in preparation for Parks and Recreation Board and City Council presentations in September.
Status Update: 11/7/13 – Final design concepts are being completed to present to Parks Board on November 14th and City Council on November 26th for approval.
Status Update: 12/13/13 - The final design concept was approved by Parks Board and reviewed by City council in November. Staff presented follow up information at the December 10th Council workshop for approval. The final concept and budget were approved at that meeting.
Status Update: 1/23/14 – Construction plans are being finalized and bidding is scheduled to begin in February. Construction is anticipated to begin in April/May with completion in June.
The original wooden Creative Playscape was created by community volunteers in 1993. A steering committee held design sessions for community input and worked with architect Robert Leathers to design the playscape. Volunteers raised more than $140,000 and thousands more in donations for the playscape. It was built in six days in an around-the-clock continuous build involving more than 800 community members. The unique design of the playscape includes art panels depicting key themes in Georgetown history.
Texas Monthly article on the Creative Playscape