Monday, January 11, 2010
Marysville School Park
MCM Architects donated their services to design a playground and park for Marysville Elementary School in SE Portland. Funding for construction was from private donations, City of Portland and the Portland Development Commission. The playground design uses geometric patterns and natural shapes to stimulate children's creative use of the play environment. A series of grass mounds were a great hit with the kids who ran over them and invented games involving gaining possession of a mound. The ancient geometry of the "Labyrinth" also facinated the kids who immeadiately turned it into a race about who could get to the center first and stay within the path. The park design focused on creating different defined areas of interest rather than rely on typical pieces of expensive playground equipment, which helped to bring the park in on budget.