The design of the Hoyt-Sullivan park playground came in response to the community’s request for a natural play space in the densely populated and ethnically diverse City of Somerville on the north side of Boston. Featuring several multi-level play elements, including an accessible tower and a complex log jam®, the playground design maximizes topographical changes to challenge and inspire children in their play. A smaller slide from the first level of the tower is complimented by a higher nine foot slide for children who want to access the second level. The playground encourages and facilitates non-prescriptive and imaginative play that allows children of varying ages and abilities to play and explore in their own way.
The dynamic play elements found in the playground highlight the integrated site design by Klopfer Martin Design Group. Several log jam® climbers of varying heights and level of difficulty promote healthy and exploratory play for all ages – the most adventurous of explorers can climb to a height of seven feet! A custom playground tower encourages children to view the site from above and track the trains as they pass by.
Klopfer Martin Design Group received a 2019 BSLA Design Award of Merit for Hoyt-Sullivan Playground.