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Vol. LXVI, No. 13
June 20, 2014
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Children’s Inn Play Park Receives Award

outdated play equipment and lack of shade in the old play garden contributed to limited use by the kids. The redeveloped outdoor space recently won acclaim from landscape architects.
Before (l) and after views of the Children’s Inn play park— outdated play equipment and lack of shade in the old play garden contributed to limited use by the kids. The redeveloped outdoor space recently won acclaim from landscape architects.

The firm that designed the play park at the Children’s Inn at NIH recently won an award from the Maryland chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Mahan Rykiel Associates, a Baltimore-based landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm, redeveloped an outdoor space for patients, their siblings and caregivers. It accommodates active and passive functions and provides enriching play areas for a variety of age groups, plus respite space for families and staff.

“The new play area offers our children and their families a real chance to enjoy the outdoors, and when children have an opportunity to play, they also have an opportunity to heal,” said Kathy Russell, inn CEO.

Solving drainage problems and reducing the grade change between the outdoor area and the building were reasons for redesigning the play space. Lead designer Alice Jones said, “Now, as soon as you walk in and see out those floor-to-ceiling windows, you know there’s something cool out there.”

Outdated play equipment and lack of shade in the old play garden also contributed to limited use by the kids.

The award was presented at a ceremony in Baltimore recently.


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