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Nutrien Playland Saskatoon

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Project: Nutrien Playland at Kinsmen Park
Landscape Architect: Oxbow Architecture
Location: 945 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon
Product: Broadway 100mm 3x18 Paver
Colour: Sierra Grey and Antique Brown
Project Owner: City of Saskatoon

Project Background

The City of Saskatoon along with Potash Corp of Saskatchewan and Canpotex drove the initiative to provide a place for children to play in the city with a diversity of experiences including water play, and spaces for youth and young kids. Many other design aspects and site selection were considered, including the rehabilitation of the riverbank on Spadina Crescent, where the park is located. Playland boasts of a train in Canadian Pacific livery which people can ride around the park on, a large carousel and a ferris wheel, which are the obvious attractions. When one looks closer and walks around the park, they find the entire playland park experience — water attractions for children, play structures and what could be considered the steepest children’s slide in the world. For this project, the need is to provide walkways for visitors that will connect the playland features together.

Design Inspiration and The Use of Barkman Products:

For this park, the Broadway 100mm pavers 3 x 18 worked to connect park attractions for the tourists and local visitors alike. Sierra Grey was the colour chosen for the Broadway Paver and is complemented by a circle made from granite in a color closely resembling Antique Brown. Rectangular concrete seating was integrated across both surfaces. These seats were designed to look like big pieces of the Broadway Paver. When entering the Playland from the car park, the Broadway Pavers are laid out at the front, creating the feeling that the park is actually bigger than it is. The contractor had his work cut out for him due to changing grades to accommodate the required drainage. This became very challenging for the workers during installation, especially on undulating grades with the product being laid lengthwise. The installation turned out excellently, and now thousands of children run and play in a safe place.