Grape Day Park, Escondido, California

via http://www.homeofourfathers.comvia UT San Diego, photo by Sandy Huffakervia http://www.ucira.ucsb.edu

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!

[no info on designer or date; let me know if you have more information]

UPDATE:  thanks to Beth for letting me know this is by NatureWorks, who provide custom nature sculpture; many more photos of the Vinehenge at their site.]

 

 

2 Responses to “Grape Day Park, Escondido, California”

  1. Paige Johnson said:

    Thanks Beth! I’ll update the post.

    January 30, 2014 at 12:24 pm

  2. Beth said:

    Here is the website for the designers:
    http://www.natureworksinc.net/

    January 30, 2014 at 12:15 pm

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