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Berliner “Lunch-n-Learn” Tour A Huge Success

Thank you, everyone, for the tremendous response to the recent “Lunch-n-Learn” tour from Boise, Idaho to the Wasatch Front in Utah with Berliner’s CEO, Lukas Steinke.

Part of our tour included stopping at sites where Berliner play equipment is currently installed. 

Berliner playground equipment at Brookside Park in Daybreak Utah

These pictures are from Brookside Park located at the Daybreak Community in South Jordan, Utah. 

Day Break facilities manager, Don Scott met with us to discuss the success of their parks featuring Berliner playground equipment and talk about future expansions to Day Breaks pocket parks which have become a Daybreak Community signature. 

Check out all the “fun” for yourself at:
Brookside Park in Daybreak
4863 Fish Hook Road,
South Jordan, Utah 84095

“Movement is fascinating for children. It is always exciting and engaging to bounce, jump, spin, swing or seesaw. 

“This is the reason children – and even adults – have so much fun on rope-based play equipment. Rope is not dead material. Instead, it is flexible and enables a child to ‘connect’ with the equipment, as every action is followed by a reaction. Rope is a play ‘partner’ and there is always a dialog between the child playing and the structure.”  Lukas Steinke

For another opportunity to visit with Lukas Steinke, be sure to visit the Berliner booth #715 at the Landscape Architect Conference and Expo, October 20-23. Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Convention Center

In Pursuit of Play,

Nicole Stoddard, LuckyDog Recreation

Utah ASLA Double Winner at 2017 Annual Meeting

Mathew Winward - Utah ASLA Merit AwardDuring the 2017 annual meeting of the Utah ASLA  (American Society of Landscape Architects) G. Brown Design won the Merit Award for their Lodestone Regional Park design. The ASLA gives the prestigious Merit Award for landscape designs that represent superior accomplishment in the profession of landscape architecture.

Mathew Winward of G. Brown Design, Site and Landscape Architects

G. Brown Design is a Landscape Architecture firm that provides full services on a wide variety of projects including Parks and Recreation projects, Urban Streetscape projects, Institutional projects, Commercial and Corporate projects, Residential projects, and Cemetery Planning & Design.  We have specific expertise in park planning and design and have received multiple awards in recent years for our parks and recreation projects including:

2017 – Merit Award, Utah Chapter of ASLA for Lodestone Regional Park, West Valley City, UT
2015 – Award of Excellence, Utah Chapter of ASLA for the Draper Senior Center, Draper Utah
2015 – Honor Award, Utah Chapter of ASLA for the Brookside Park, South Jordan Utah
2013 – Merit Award, Utah Chapter of ASLA for The Daybreak East Lake Promenade, South Jordan, UT
2011 – Honor Award, Utah Chapter of ASLA for The Daybreak East Lake Commons, South Jordan, UT

“I joined G Brown Design nearly 13 years ago in September of 2004. I have been Managing Principal of the firm since 2009, at which time Mike Wonenberg and myself took over firm management as part of an internal ownership transition from Founding Principal Gerald Brown.

Prior to my time at G Brown Design I spent 4 years with Landmark Design here in Salt Lake City.  I am originally from Preston, Idaho located in the northern end of Cache Valley. That is where I gained my love for the outdoors and began developing the creative problem-solving skills that are so important to my work as a Landscape Architect.”   Mathew Winward

Merit Award, Lodestone Regional Park in West Valley City

G Brown Landscape design for Lodestone in West Valley City - Utah ASLA Winner

G Brown Landscape Design - Lodestone in West Valley City Utah

Winner of the LuckyDog Recreation Prize

As sponsors of Utah ASLA, we were excited that Mathew Winward of G. Brown Design was also the winner of the LuckyDog Recreation prize that included an action camera and headphones. LuckyDog has been a proud sponsor of the Utah ASLA chapter for the last 5 years. Because the creative and artistic contributions landscape architects make to outdoor public areas, landmarks and structures, the annual meeting is one of our favorite conferences.

Congratulations Mathew and G. Brown Architects!

Nicole Stoddard, LuckyDog Recreation

P.S. Take advantage of our July “Lunch-n-Learn” special event, specifically designed for landscape architect firms. Call to schedule, (800) 388-2196

Rope-Based Play Equipment Lunch-n-Learn Special Event!

The rope-based play equipment phenomenon is here to stay. While the concept originated in the mid-’50s in New Jersey, Berliner Seilfabrik built the first commercial grade rope-based net structure with steel-reinforced ropes in 1971.
Utah Rope-Based Play by LuckyDog Recreation and Berliner

Rope-Based Play Equipment Technology

The geometry of these net structures allows designers unlimited possibilities to entice and excite users of all ages and abilities with artistic net structures that scale to highest heights spread across rolling expanses.

Equipped with “Made in Germany” technology, communities everywhere are embracing these new designs promising:

  • More play value for user
  • Easy maintenance for operators
  • Creative solutions for designers

You have endless design options because rope-based playgrounds easily challenge the status quo of traditional post and deck systems. 

Playground Architects – ACT NOW

Beliner's Lukas Steinke -Utah Architects Lunch n Learn brought to you by LuckyDog RecreationTake advantage of a one-time opportunity to work directly with Berliner’s National Sales Manager, Lukas Steinke.

Schedule your Lunch-n-Learn with LuckyDog from July 11–13, 2017 for this exciting added bonus. 

Lukas is the CEO of Berliner’s U.S. headquarters based out of Greenville, SC. With more than 14 years of experience – both nationally and internationally – Lukas is uniquely equipped to discuss the advantages of rope-based playground solutions and the unique approach to product design by Berliner.

Benefits of Rope-Based Play

Your education session explores the benefits of rope-based play vs. traditional play and shows its potential for customization. 

“Movement is fascinating for children. It is always exciting and engaging to bounce, jump, spin, swing or seesaw. 

“This is the reason children – and even adults – have so much fun on rope-based play equipment. Rope is not dead material. Instead, it is flexible and enables a child to ‘connect’ with the equipment, as every action is followed by a reaction. Rope is a play ‘partner’ and there is always a dialog between the child playing and the structure.”  Lukas Steinke

Call Today (800) 388-2196 to Schedule

Did You Miss Last Year’s Drainage Lunch-n-Learn?

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Be Smart about your Drainage, Go With The Flow

Proper Drainage Means Moving Water from the Playground

Playground Drainage

This is an example of poor playground drainage.

Playground drainage is a critical part of keeping playground equipment and surfacing in proper working order, safe and usable. When purchasing a new car, it looks and runs great for a while, but if the oil is never changed and if the windows are left open when it rains, the car may continue to look good on the outside, but the interior and what’s under the hood will be damaged causing the engine to fail and the car to wear prematurely.

This is similar to what happens to a playground when there is water in a pit with no accommodations made for getting it out. Water needs to be controlled by keeping it out of the pit altogether or planning a way to move the water out of the surfacing area when it does get in.

Standing water will cause the resilient surfacing and play equipment to age and deteriorate prematurely. The structural integrity of the concrete footings will be compromised, rust will begin to shorten the life of any metal in the surfacing, molds and mildews will grow, and the surfacing will not have the impact attenuation that it is designed to have. The life of the investment is shortened and the play area may become unusable.

There are four issues involved with playground drainage:

  1. Environmental factors
  2. Problems related to standing water in the play area
  3. Types of drainage for playgrounds
  4. Construction considerations

Environmental Factors Affecting Drainage

There are many environmental factors that affect drainage. Five of the most common encountered by playground builders are:

  1. Topography shows the graphic representation of the play area illustrating the elevations and their relationship to other features at the site, such as buildings, sidewalks, etc.

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