Weequahic Park Playground Improvements

Newark, NJ

Bowman provided various services for the design of a new children’s playground which included replacing the old playground and improvements to the existing pavilion building. The playground was designed to provide dedicated outdoor social play areas for children aged 2-5 and 5-12. The two play areas are separated by a walkway, and both include climbers and swings at the appropriate skill levels. The playground design consisted of a large 2 story slide with additional climbers for children of all abilities, including children with ADA accessibility issues. Bright contrasting safety surfaces as well as safety surface landforms were created in order to provide for a positive environment and additional development of children’s motor skills. In order to stimulate the users senses a bit more than a typical playground, Bowman incorporated multiple sets of outdoor musical instruments into the design. Outdoor seating for parents and older children has also been incorporated. Since the project’s completion, the public has had a very positive response to their newly improved playground, which is an oasis for many urban children and their parents.

Bowman became involved at the onset of the project and worked with representatives from Essex County Department of Public Works: Division of Engineering and Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs to develop the proposed conceptual layout. The team presented the conceptual design to the County Executive. Once approved, Bowman prepared construction documents, provided bidding and construction administration services. Site improvements included new hardscape and safety surface zones, playground equipment, musical instruments, stormwater and utility improvements, planting and lighting improvements.