Supplement Feature - April 2008
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Room to Live

Outfitting Your Parks to Provide Space for All

By Emily Tipping



Benefits of Bollards
  • A bollard can provide a boundary between vehicles and pedestrians, improving safety.
  • A bollard can prevent vehicles from going where they're not wanted.
  • A bollard with lights can provide a little extra light to walkways, increasing pedestrians' sense of safety, and helping security personnel see what they need to see.
  • A bollard can also include a planter, improving a site's aesthetics.
  • A bollard can separate different park uses, such as dividing playgrounds from basketball courts.

RUSTIC CHOICES

In less developed areas, selecting amenities requires different considerations. Here you need to take into account not just human comfort and aesthetic appeal, but also durability and life of the non-human kind. For example, you might not be as worried about the way your trash and recycling receptacles blend in to the surrounding environment, but protecting the garbage within from the hungry critters outside will be extremely important. Wood and plastic lumber are popular choices in more natural areas, providing a look that blends in with the surrounding environment.

In rustic areas and parks that people visit to enjoy the woods, mountains or other natural landscapes, it's important to provide site furnishings that do not disrupt the view.

For example, as part of the Master Plan for North Cheyenne Cańon Park, near Colorado Springs, developed in the late '90s as park attendance was building, design guidelines stipulate the structures and elements should blend in with the natural environment. "The built environment should look as though the elements have been in place for a long time," the plan states. To meet the needs of this 1,320-acre regional park, the plan calls for materials with a rustic appearance, including logs, split logs, rough-hewn timbers and rough-cut wood siding.