French Regional Park Creative Play Area

Plymouth, Minnesota

SRF worked closely with Three Rivers Park District staff and a diverse group of stakeholders, including a fourth-grade class from a local elementary school, in developing a new destination play area within this extremely popular regional park. The play area site, located adjacent to an existing visitor center and parking area, afforded opportunities to use grade change to provide accessible circulation to the upper level of the play structure via walls and elevated ramps. In addition, a berm with decorative rubber safety surfacing provides access to the ramp system from the lower level of the play area while providing an accessible transition point between elements within the upper level.

Key features of the play area include:

  • Three-level tower with slides and climbers
  • Extensive system of climbing nets
  • Multi-user swings
  • Sand and water play node
  • Mist towers
  • Playhouse for the 2 to 5 years of age group

The surrounding site includes generous patio spaces with seating, shade structures, and landscape planting. All circulation routes comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.