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Posted on: October 19, 2022

Destination Playground Groundbreaking

Playground Groundbreaking 11.3.22

The City of Brentwood broke ground on Thursday, Nov. 3, on the destination playground and water play area in the new Brentwood Park.

The playground will offer 2.5 acres of interactive play experience. Many of the playground amenities will be unique to Brentwood Park and not found elsewhere within the St. Louis region.

Overview

  • An adventure playground offers 2.5 acres of interactive play experience
  • This memorable destination for children and adults focuses on creative and inclusive play
  • Many of the amenities within this playground are unique to Brentwood Park and not found elsewhere within the St. Louis region
  • The integration of play and landscape connects people with nature and provides an experience that changes throughout the seasons

This imaginative and inclusive play experience is organized into four key areas: 

Family Fun Zone 

Nestled into the hillside at the west end of the playground, this zone engages small children and families with swings, hillside slides, balance play, spinners, and an imaginative climbing structure. Many of these play elements are designed to be inclusive play experiences, including a generation swing (which provides a shared swing experience for child and caregiver), a ground-based spinner that accommodates mobility assistance devices, and hillside roller slides. This zone includes a picnic shelter that overlooks the play area, an ideal setting for birthday parties or lunch with friends.

Adventure Play Area

This heart of the playground includes a range of play opportunities, from a net climber that rises 22 feet above the play surface, to a large group catapult swing that moves kids through the air using their own body weight and momentum. A side-by-side zip line extending 110 feet through the playground and landscape allows children to race or ride together, and natural log pile climber is a creative play destination with stacked logs and nets. The adventure hill in this zone allows for connections to natural landscape and quiet locations to get away or to explore imaginative play with a group of friends.

Overlook

With a view of the lake, amphitheater, and the trail, the ADA-accessible overlook provides a breathtaking panorama of the park. Walking to the end allows space to take in the natural beauty and enjoy a peaceful retreat. It will also be accessible from the playground or the Great Rivers Greenway trail that runs through the park, making it a perfect stop 
to rest.

Water Play Explorer Creek

Conceived to mimic the Deer Creek watershed, this interactive water play element includes water spraying from the ground and walls. Water flowing through the play area can be dammed to reroute for creative play. Informal seating ledges that mimic quarry shelves are a nod to the history of this park site. The water drains into a stormwater management and native landscape pollinator area and will be recycled for use in irrigation of the playground landscape. Overlooking this water play area, and centrally located within the playground is a signature pavilion, which will be home to many events and activities within the playground. In addition to the covered gathering space, the pavilion includes a small water play element that creates a waterfall into the area below on the south and opens to a game lawn/event space to the north.

Playground Overview (PDF)

Playground Display Boards (PDF)

Presentation to Board of Aldermen - August 31, 2022

Playground Design Animation

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