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Rural Studio’s Lions Park Playscape in Alabama is Made from 2,000 Recycled Steel Drums
Posted By Mark Boyer On October 10, 2012 @ 1:40 pm In Architecture,Design for Health,Landscape Architecture,Recycled Materials,social design | No Comments
The playscape is the fifth phase of Auburn University Rural Studio’s effort to revitalize and redevelop Lions Park in Greensboro. The colorful, labyrinthine structure is filled with sound tubes and swing sets, and it replaces a playground that had been heavily vandalized. To create the playscape, Rural Studio welded together hundreds of metal drums, creating a maze  that kids can wander through and climb on.
The design studio also used the discarded drums  to create a large sun screen, which prevents the playscape from getting too hot. Chicago-based structural engineer Joe Farruggia helped to construct the sunscreen. The top and bottom of some of the drums in the sunscreen have been removed, enabling kids inside the playground to look up and see the sky.
Since 2004, Rural Studio has been redeveloping Lions Park, adding new baseball fields, new toilets, a skatepark, and concessions. In addition to the new playground, Rural Studio added a 1/2 mile of walking trail to the park.
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Photos courtesy of Auburn University Rural Studio
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URLs in this post:
 Rural Studio: http://apps.cadc.auburn.edu/rural-studio/Default.aspx
 Lions Park Playscape: http://apps.cadc.auburn.edu/rural-studio/Default.aspx?path=Gallery%2fProjects%2f2010%2flionsparkplay%2f
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/10/lions-park-playscape-1.jpeg
 maze: http://inhabitat.com/tag/playground
 discarded drums: http://inhabitat.com/recycled-materials
 New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/10/07/opinion/sunday/20121007_DESIGN-4.html
 Architectural Record: http://archrecord.construction.com/features/humanitariandesign/united-states/lions-park-playscape.asp
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