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Alameda Point is a $1 billion waterfront development on the former Alameda Naval Air Station. The playground is situated in the middle of 800 residential units, commercial and retail spaces, 15 acres of parks, and new transit facilities, including a ferry terminal to get commuters to or from San Francisco in 20 minutes.  Working with the developer, Trammel Crow Residential we designed this intricate, marine-themed playground with inspiration from Allie the Wayward Whale, who was first spotted by the Alameda shoreline in the summer of 2019. After spending several weeks in these shallow, protected waters and gaining attention from locals and tourists alike, Allie seemed to recover from her poor health and embarked on her journey back into the open sea. This playground will ensure Allie’s legendary legacy remains in the place she - for a brief moment in time - called home.

This inclusive playground features a custom, one of a kind, humpback whale climber from Elephant Play, swings, an imaginative area, and accessible fitness equipment for all to enjoy. The playground is situated in a high density, high traffic area so the play area has clear site lines for safety and lots of room for open play.

Developer:  Trammell Crow Residential

Installers:  G&G Builders

Alameda Point Playground

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Alemany Apartments provides 158 affordable apartment homes for families in San Francisco.  Working with Miller Company Landscape Architects, we were able to update 3 playgrounds throughout the apartment complex.  The playgrounds consisted of 2 HAGS structures and a Norna Structure, all nature play themed.  The Robinia wood on these structures makes these playgrounds stand out from the surrounding urban areas.  These beautiful playgrounds will be used by kids in the apartments for many years to come! 

Landscape Architects:  Miller Company Landscape Architects

Alemany Apartments

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The 26-acre Arbolado Park, with two exciting playgrounds, has new amenities including shade structures, sand diggers, rockers, climbers, slides and a sand play area. This replaces a 22-year-old playground structure. The playground improvements were paid for through park in-lieu fees, which are paid to the city by developers for parks.

The play structures feature a combination of Miracle’s Kids Choice equipment and the sleek modern Nexus and Physics lines. The color palette is bright and fun with the fresh color combinations of grey, royal blue, orange and chartreuse.

Arbolado Park

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Miller Company, Landscape Architects was commissioned by the City of San Mateo to design a new state of the art custom play environment for Beresford Park. The new play area is designed to serve various age groups and is set in a natural environment with internal shade trees and a surround of boulders arranged for scrambling and interactive socializing. Three centrally located rustic wood-clad HAGS climbing towers feature internal nets and timber structures challenging playground users to reach the upper platforms. Stainless steel tube slides wind downward from the HAGS towers to the earth toned resilient surface providing a safe cushion throughout. Monkey bars connect the towers at the ground level. New belt swings are provided for older children. Tot swings, crawl tunnels, climbers and sand and water play scaled for younger users occupy the early childhood age part of the playground.

Beresford Park

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Blu Harbor is a luxury apartment community in Redwood City, CA that provides a one-of-a-kind waterfront living experience to it's residents.  We worked with the customer to create two custom shelters.  The landscape architect firm, Callander Associates designed the structures.  There is a custom 10' x 20' single post trellis that features a unique curved design.  The other shelter is a great outdoor dining space.  It's a 16' x 34' custom laminated range shelter with metal roofing.

Blu Harbor

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Brentwood Unified School District school-wide playground update was made possible by Measure B which funded the entire district's playground updates.  The District started with a Needs Assessment from Miracle Playsystems to figure out what needed replacing, updating and how much it was all going to cost.  From there once the funds were approved, we started on updating the entire District's playgrounds.  They are one of the first Districts to make Inclusive Playground and ramps on the playgrounds a standard.

Brentwood USD Update

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Cedar Grove Elementary

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The City of Fremont which sits at the southern tip of the 510 Freeway, has always been a city of diversity. It was formed in 1956 as the consolidation of five smaller communities, and is now part of the Tri-City area of Fremont, Union City and Newark.

Central Park, which sits on Lake Elizabeth is flanked by four different playgrounds. The newest of which is referred to as Adventure Playground which re-opened in 2012. Central Park playground is the crown jewel of the Tri-City area.

Starting in 2010 the City of Fremont began coordinating with us to come up with a truly amazing and remarkable play area that would transform the parks existing play spaces and dwarf most every park around it in its sheer size and magnitude. From the entirely custom designed trees house that stands 28’ tall that allows kids to climb safely to the top of it, to the rickety bridges which connect the different decks together, to the countless tree climbers, net bridges and “Robinson Crusoe” style adventure course… this playground has it all.

Because of our access to multiple vendors and product suppliers, we were able to create designs for the city’s Landscape Architect that met the needs of the City as well as the community who would be using the equipment.

On opening day the new Central Park playground was the most heavily attended playground opening the city had ever had and to this day stands as one of the most exciting and grand playgrounds in all of the East Bay.

Central Park Adventure Playground

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In collaboration with Miller Company Landscape Architect, Miracle Playsystems designed a custom nature inspired robinia wood structure with nets and log stumps for the playground at Cesar Chavez Education Center in the Fruitvale District. Even though the space was small, the play elements are large and challenging. 

The playground is part of the new living schoolyard at the school which is the first in Oakland USD.  The newly transformed living schoolyard removed 13,000 square feet of asphalt, and replaced it with natural play areas, a mini-grass field, 58 new trees to cool the playground and provide shade and seating areas for students, a bioswale designed to channel stormwater runoff and remove debris and pollution before emptying into the bay, and a new outdoor classroom complete with an orchard and planter boxes for teaching.

In 2017, the District partnered with The Trust for Public Land and Green Schoolyards America to launch a Living Schoolyards Initiative in Oakland to transform asphalt covered playgrounds into vibrant nature-based schoolyards. The $1,500,00.00 living schoolyard project at Cesar Chavez is one of the first fully built projects to demonstrate OUSD’s vision to transform asphalt-covered school grounds into spaces that promote children’s health and well-being, while creating green and ecologically rich community parks that connect children and their neighborhoods to the natural world outside their classroom door.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf attended the grand opening and said, “We are thrilled to celebrate the opening of the first living schoolyard at the Cesar Chavez Education Center. This new center advances Oakland’s goals of climate resiliency, environmental justice, and gives our students direct access to nature and all of its benefits.  Taking our children out of the asphalt and into a vibrant nature-based environment is good for their health, education, and will help them develop lifelong environmental stewardship.”

Landscape Architect:  Miller Company Landscape Architects

Cesar Chavez Education Center

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Learn by doing… These kids at the Children’s Center of Stanford get to explore and learn as they go. Miracle Playsystems worked together with the Landscape Architecture office of Miller Company in creating this nature base concept and created one of a kind play features. Overall the site was broken up into age groups and advancing levels of difficulty as they get older. The area features hills with scrabbling walls and custom steel hillsides. Custom Norna climbers for kids to balance and climb. Rocks and stones, sand and water were all used to create this one of a kid’s school playground.

Designed by Miller Company Landscape Architects

Children's Center of Stanford

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This 7.2-acre park in Vacaville is the perfect neighborhood park.  With a picnic shelter with tables and barbecue, a playground with sand/water play, a large playfield, and a 0.37 mile perimeter walking/running path, there is something for the whole family to enjoy.  The playground theme requested was "Old Vacaville", pre-gold rush times when wild bears used to roam the area.  We included these cute wild bears from UPC Parks into the playground to watch over the children as they play or play on them!  There is also a sand/water play area where children can excavate and make mud pies with the UPC Parks Mud Puddle.  Two play areas make play accessible for both younger and older children to play together seamlessly.  Both structures from Miracle Recreation are full of fun slides and climbers.  Kids can also go for a whirl on the Ten Spin or Maypole.

Corderos Park

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In 2008, Miracle Playsystems performed a Playground Needs Assessment for SSFUSD to provide a maintenance plan for the District. Once Bond monies were identified in 2011, the District asked our firm to begin attending weekly Facilities Subcommittee meetings to discuss an approach to replace outdated and unsafe equipment. We began the process of reviewing each site and gathering information from Principals and Teachers. We continued to attend and present our findings to the committee and in 2012 we were awarded a $1.8 million contract to replace all 24 playgrounds at the 8 Elementary Schools within the District. To show continued support to our community, the manufacturer donated $85,000 in MTECH Sonicscreen devices as a preventative measure to keep the newly installed playgrounds free of vandalism. Each site posed unique and challenging site constraints for our designers as well as our installers and during the summer of 2013 we completed the project. Our scope of work included dismantle of old equipment, removal of wood fiber and spoils, installation of new equipment, and installation of poured in place rubber surfacing. Miracle Playsystems created extraordinary play environments through design and the children of SSFUSD are happy and safe.

District-Wide Playground Update

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