I tend to look askance at playground elements that mimic natural things–I’d rather see a real boulder or a real tree on the playground than a fiberglass imitation–but I’m giving the arbor of the Grape Day Park in Escondido a pass because I think it actually plays really well.
The nubby contorted shapes of the grape vine translate nicely to an elongated climbing structure known locally as ‘Vinehenge’. The playscape is attached to a heritage site, so the strong theme (even that fruit-of-the-loom grape slide) is appropriate. I just wish they would plant some real vines, too!
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