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.]

 

 

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

  1. Paige Johnson said:

    Thanks for getting in touch Nancy! The vinehenge is a great playable piece.

    May 07, 2014 at 11:09 am

  2. Nancy said:

    Hello, thank you for taking interest in our Vinehenge playground. Our play structures are created with a proprietary material,there is no fiberglass or casting, they are sculpted entirely by hand.
    Our process allows for infinite possibilities on a creative level, as well as ensuring the safety and durability that is essential for children’s play areas. We create the appearance and the feel of real wood, allowing for decades of play, with no decay, no splinters! Vinehenge – September 11, 2004

    May 07, 2014 at 9:33 am

  3. Paige Johnson said:

    Thanks Beth! I’ll update the post.

    January 30, 2014 at 12:24 pm

  4. Beth said:

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

    January 30, 2014 at 12:15 pm

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