The internationally renowned playground design company, Leathers
& Associates of Ithaca, NY, was hired by Friends of Tillery park to
assist with this special community-built project. Leathers' community
playground concepts have been featured in Smithsonian magazine, Readers
Digest and on Sesame Street. They have successfully completed over 1,800
playgrounds worldwide. www.leathersassociates.com.
February 1, 2007 the community hosted Design Day with John Dean, a Leathers
designer, who spent the day meeting with children and members of the community,
listening to ideas and creating a customized design for the park. Through
drawing, talking and building prototypes of equipment from cardboard boxes
and tubes, the youngsters told designers they wanted a fun, safe, creative
place to be a Click
HERE to see Proposed Playground Design and Equipment Sponsorship.
playgrounds are built with a combination of plastic composite lumber and
arsenic-free treated wood. The composite material, which has the look
and feel of wood, is used for most contact surfaces such as decking and
volunteer-built structures are designed with strict adherence to all applicable
nationally recognized playground safety standards and guidelines, ensuring
safety and durability. All of the company's playgrounds meet the latest
safety standards and accessibility (ADA) guidelines. Their designs conform
with the Consumer product Safety Commission (CPSC) guidelines, American
Standards for Testing Materials (ASTM) standards and Americans with Disabilities
Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) that are currently in place.
What is the Tillery Park project?
community-based effort to build an extraordinary public playground that
will give our children a fun, safe and creative environment for play.
This one-of-a-kind playground will be built entirely with donated funds,
materials, labor and tools, all raised from local businesses, civic groups,
families, individuals and available grant monies.
Why build a community-built playground?
A community-built playground provides an opportunity for many people in
the Fort Worth area to come together for a common purpose in a highly
visible, short-term project that will continue to be a source of community
pride.Throughout the process, from design to fundraising, from coordination
to actual building, schoolchildren, community leaders, businesses, civic
groups and other volunteers work together in an example of true community
Who will benefit?
All local residents and visitors will benefit from the new playground.
Local youth participate in the design, planning, construction and everyday
use of the park. The project will involve hundreds of community volunteers
of all ages with benefits evident from one generation to another.
Where is the park located?
Tillery Park is located off Forest Park Boulevard and Rockridge Terrace,
just east of the Fort Worth Zoo.
When will the playground be built?
The new playground will be constructed by volunteers from the community
using the old-fashioned "Barn-Raising" method over a five-day
period, October 10-14, 2007. Click
HERE for more information on Volunteer Opportunites. Email: email@example.com
to Help us Build the new Playground.
How much will the playground project cost?
Through donations from corporations, charitable foundations and individuals,
Friends of Tillery Park hope to raise $175,000. Click
HERE for Donation Opportunities. Click
HERE for a printable form.
more information call email:firstname.lastname@example.org