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Glass City MetroPark

Client: Metroparks Toledo
Collaboration: SmithGroup
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Completion Date: 2022

Twin 41-foot tall towers, inspired by the striking colours of the Blue Grosbeak, will be the epic playground centrepiece at Glass City MetroPark in Toledo, Ohio.

A 50-foot long bridge constructed with intermittent net floors and “troll play” underneath provides an accessible route to the towering feature.  Within the structures there is no right or wrong way to move up, down or through.  Designed in a way that liberally gives permission for free-play, kids can scramble up the outside of the spiral slide, weave up and through ropes & nets, across heavy rope bridges, up and down the sides of walls and ladders, hang out on trapeze loops and hammocks, and more.  The intent is that every time someone navigates the space they can make unique choices and explore freely.

On the banks of the Maumee River, the largest river of the Great Lakes, Glass City MetroPark is undergoing a massive redevelopment to create a gateway to Toledo.  The second phase of the redevelopment will include these ambitious playground towers that are designed in collaboration with SmithGroup.