The article below, about RATIO's Franklin Park project, was written by John Jackson, PLA, LEED AP, the firm's Director of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design + Planning. It appears in the November 2016 issue of Parks & Rec Business Magazine.
“So do you know how far the sound of children's laughter carries?”
The question was posed to me in a public meeting designed to gather input for a master plan for a park. The plan would ultimately lead to a design for a new playground, and the tone of the question resembled one that someone might use in asking about the smell of a combined sewer overflow or the sound of a concert venue. The tone also communicated to me that, as a park planner, this was something I should know. I replied I would have to check on that and get back to the person.
I mention this exchange because it is symptomatic of the tension that had developed over placing a new playground—not even a large one, actually—in a historic park in Bloomington, Ill. It occurred to me that the writers of the television show Parks and Recreation might want to incorporate this conversation into a future episode—sometimes you can’t make this stuff up.
To be fair to the person asking the question, some context should have been provided... Click here to read the full article on parksandrecbusiness.com.