MAY 13, 2022 - City Council authorized a $1,227,626 contract for the design, fabrication and installation of an indoor playground at Stephen G. Terrell Recreation Center, currently under construction at 1680 W. Exchange Parkway.
The indoor playground creates an interactive play environment that takes advantage of the lobby/reception space it occupies. Set directly beneath the iconic elliptical rotunda ceiling, the play structure’s towers will peak 40 feet above the floor beneath them. Enclosed catwalks or bridges between the towers increase the three-dimensionality of the main play structure, and a connection from the towers to a play deck atop the first-floor party room adds even more expanse to the total playground setting. Of course, the little kids are also provided with ground-level individual play features that are in direct view of parental and guardian seating nearby. The playground is designed to accommodate children ages 2 to 12.
In the Request for Proposals (RFPs), Parks and Recreation staff had a direct and influential contribution to the design by providing detailed “word sketches” of how the playground should look and function. This helped accelerate the initial concept while meeting important objectives for the new structure. With an appropriate mix of ground-level and above-level components, the playground and its indoor setting will comply with all ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements for play structures.
Pictured: Digital rendering of indoor playground design at Stephen G. Terrell Recreation Center