Background and Narrative on Creative Playscape Redesign:
Reasons for Redesign
The Creative Playscape was designed in 1993 with the aim of providing a play space for children of all abilities. However, standards for accessibility have changed since that time. Title II of the American with Disabilities Act covers public entities and was amended in 2010 to include more stringent standards for access to public recreation facilities, which includes playground equipment. Additionally, current Texas Health and Safety Code standards for playgrounds can no longer be met with the existing playscape. Standards include elements such as stair designs, widths of passageways, materials, and the numbers of accessible features. Current accessibility and safety standards will be followed in determining the design of the new play elements. The redesign of the Creative Playscape will involve a new accessible playscape design with durable and safe materials. However, some elements of the existing playscape can be preserved and reconfigured into the new design.
The original wooden Creative Playscape was created by community volunteers in 1993. A steering committee held design sessions for community input and worked with architect Robert Leathers to design the playscape. Volunteers raised more than $140,000 and thousands more in donations for the playscape. It was built in six days in an around-the-clock continuous build involving more than 800 community members. The unique design of the playscape includes art panels depicting key themes in Georgetown history.
Texas Monthly article on the Creative Playscape