Residents Weigh In on New Playground
Remington & Vernick Engineers (RVE) was retained by the county of Essex for landscape architectural design, engineering and inspection services for the construction of a new playground at Brookdale Park in the townships of Montclair and Bloomfield, N.J. RVE was tasked with creating a final project that was accepted by residents in both communities. Working closely with the Park Conservancy Group and the project stakeholders, RVE designed a state-of-the-art facility that incorporates the historical components of the site with the vision of the residents. A key component to the success of the project was early public outreach and involvement.
The local Conservancy Group conducted a survey of local residents asking what components they wanted in the new park. The results were evaluated and the playground equipment was chosen according to these goals. The survey found the majority favored incorporating the following elements into the new playground design: fencing, ADA compliant elements, a rubberized safety surface with designs and a complementing theme that appeals to all age groups, separate areas for children from ages 2 to 5 and 5 to 12, a dual-height drinking fountain, benches and trash receptacles, signage and durable play features.
As seen in LASN magazine, November 2019.