The city of Cornelius, North Carolina decided to plant a hope for the future of its families and their children. Designating a large expanse of heavily wooded greenspace for outdoor activity and environmental education, the city established a master plan that would transform pastures and farmland into a premiere park, residential community and athletic complex. Part of that master plan was a nature-themed playground that would appeal to the families of the surrounding area.
PlayWorx, GameTime’s custom play division, worked with community leaders and other project stakeholders to make sure the playground was a unique play environment that complemented the natural surroundings. Engineered for maximum play value and visual interest, the centerpiece is a magnificent tree with an internal climber that leads to five foot and eight foot platforms. Children can explore the inside of the tree or rocket to the bottom along a 16-foot tube slide that resembles a giant log. Enormous roots, trees, and rocks provide opportunities for climbing, sculptured mushrooms offer seating for rest and observation and nets allow children to move from one section of the play structure to the next without ever touching the ground. Every detail of the playscape was considered, down to the bonded rubber surfacing that mimics the look of a forest floor.
The playground at Robbins Park attracts hundreds of visitors each day and provides a fun opportunity for children to explore nature and to live active, healthy lives. The City of Cornelius planted a seed of hope for the future of its citizens. GameTime built a marvelous tree to help make that possible.