I recently visited Lodestone Regional Park in West Valley, Utah. It was an interesting visit. There were several things about the playground area that I found useful. First and foremost, I like the integration of various concepts into the overall design. The park includes a giant tire, a large concrete slide, a zip-line, and natural landscaping, just to name a few highlights. The park was crowded with children and their parents. It is clearly a big hit.
The giant tire was a nice addition, particularly since the open-pit Bingham Copper Mine is nearby. The tire has an approximate diameter of 12 feet. And instead of burying a part of it, they mounded up fill material to create a small hill. The tread on the tire served as a ladder to the top. And the children seemed to enjoy he climb and sitting on top. Unfortunately, the tire looked new, making it very expensive.
Another popular attraction was a large concrete slide. Because the slide is wide and doesn’t have rails, the children generally don’t go down in an organized fashion; they spin, twist, and go down in groups. This adds to the excitement.
I particularly like the natural landscaping. There are large sandstone rocks scattered about, a large tree trunk for the children to climb on, and sandstone slabs used in retaining walls.