The Department of Parks and Recreation for Washington, DC decided that it wanted to renovate 16th Street Park last year. This playground has the backdrop of the beautiful, historic city and because of this, some older trees needed to be considered and worked around before the park project could officially begin in 2021. Especially in the city, the protection and inclusion of trees is important for shade, noise reduction and the feeling of relaxation.
In this urban setting, space had to be maximized with the design team choosing to build up with the playground structure. 16th Street Park features the first Nucleus® Evolution® tower in Washington, DC. The Nucleus® Evolution® collection was introduced by playground manufacturer, BCI Burke, in 2019 and it includes new heights and new views with enclosures that create a safe, but exhilarating, take on play.
Rounding out the playground experience is a 2–5-year-old play structure, a collection of musical instruments from the PlayEnsemble® line as well as a playhouse, swings and an Orb™ Rocker. The park also features a shelter by Americana and game tables and benches by site furnishing manufacturer, DuMor. These add seating and additional ways to utilize the space.
With the 16th Street Park renovation complete, residents and visitors to the nation’s capital will be able to find a small piece of play and recreation.