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Beresford Park gets a Custom Redesign — 8 years in the making!

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UPDATE: Join us for the Grand Opening of Beresford Park Playground Saturday, July 23, 2016. Beresford Park is located at 2720 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA. Playground opens to the public starting at 12:00pm.mpi_play_hero_layered_PLAY-beresford

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Beresford Park in San Mateo will soon be a one-of-a-kind destination, a custom-designed city park almost

b1eight years in the making! The existing park is one of the city’s largest and oldest playgrounds, first built in 1993 and long overdue for a redesign. In 2008 the City of San Mateo approached Miracle Playsystems to develop designs for an equipment replacement project. Equipment replacements typically involve removing the outdated items and replacing them with new compliant equipment that meets current standards. After a thorough community outreach process it became clear that this park needed something different. The community consensus was that this park needed more than an update, it needed a comprehensive design that gave it a new sense of place. After working with Miller Company Landscape Architects on a number of projects (including Lafayette Park in San Francisco), Miracle Playsystems recommended bringing in the firm to give Beresford exactly what it needed.

A community effort

While the San Mateo Department of Parks and Recreation provided the majority of the funding for a new park, the citizens have made donations to turn this community dream into a reality. The City of San Mateo Parks and Rec Foundation have asked citizens to consider donating the cost of a piece of equipment or to purchase a commemorative brick.

b2Miller Company developed early concept drawings that won over the city and the community. According to Jeff Miller, Principal of Miller Company, “Miller Company’s design for the new playground in San Mateo’s Beresford Park is set within the sloping topography of spacious lawns and redwood trees and is framed by natural stacked boulders promoting imaginative free form social and play activities. Three custom designed wooden towers centrally located in the playground rise to varying heights evoking a small rustic village. The towers support unique internal play experiences including a climbing maze, an irregular pick-up-sticks log ladder, and a winding stairway with each tower leading up to playground lookouts and spiraling tube slides that descend to ground level. The towers provide external climbing wall events as well and are connected with monkey bars, webbed tunnel bridges and a large wavy “Net Serpent” projecting outward from one tower. Other play features include swings for children young and old, and a custom play structure for tots. Native landscaping and reconfigured picnic areas shaded by newly planted trees surround the playground, provide space for families and caregivers to be close to all of the playground activity.”

To hold true to the inspired designs that Miller Company developed, Miracle Playsystems worked with multiple manufacturers around the world to make this vision a reality.

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World renowned design and product manufacturing

Part of what will make the new park so innovative is that it will contain some incredible structures from renowned European manufacturer HAGS, using top of the line materials in manufacturing that are well known for being high quality, durable and eco-friendly. HAGS have been awarded several prizes for design and functionality, including the ‘red dot design award’ for “superior design quality.”

HAGS products are manufactured using wood that is certified to be sustainably forested. Three centrally located rustic wood-clad HAGS climbing towers feature internal nets and timber structures challenging playground users to reach the upper platforms. Stainless steel tube slides wind downward from the HAGS towers. Monkey bars connect the towers at the ground level.

One of the tower structures is being assembled by HAGS in their factory in Sweden. The structure will then be disassembled and shipped across the Atlantic where our construction team will meet the shipment and reassemble it on location.

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Swings and more for the younger crowd

New belt swings are provided for older children along with the area’s spinning features known as “Spin City.” Tot swings, crawl tunnels, climbers, and sand and water play scaled for younger users occupy the early childhood age part of the playground.

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Construction continues into May with the grand opening of the park slated for summer 2016.



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