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Middleton, Wisconsin

In the summer of 2021, award-winning landscape design firm, Parkitecture + Planning, invited GRG to design a natural playscape along the Pheasant Branch Creek fork trail in Middleton, WI.


At the time, the local park board was torn between introducing a natural play concept or going with a conventional play structure. Additionally, the client wanted to furnish the 3800 sqft site with a swing and desired to keep much of the site work in-house. Determined to “wow” the client and secure the space for a natural playscape, the GRG design team envisioned a plan that harmonized natural play with conventional elements. The result was a collaborative construction project, in which the City of Middleton provided site work and much of the safety surfacing. The GRG team, in turn, built a sprawling log and boulder fortress, featuring a spacious deck bridge, ADA tunnel path, and a blend of ropes, rings, swings and slides across varied elevation and colorful safety surfacing. The Market Street playscape is a colorful gem tucked along a city nature trail, only steps away from new housing developments and commercial space. 

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