Built upon the formal pattern of the Jeffersonian grid, the playground design is a historic reference to the Public Land Survey and the dynamic land mosaic that has resulted today.
This whimsical playground in the Central Park neighborhood of Denver references agricultural assemblages and landscape ecological principles to create a diverse playscape that is both mysterious and familiar. The grid is an often used formal tool in landscape architecture from crop and orchard plantings to modernist designs by Dan Kiley. Quadrat sampling grids were also used by early prairie ecologist to assess species variation over time; the quadrat frame was developed by F.E. Clements in 1898 to sample plant populations in the study of ecological succession. Integrated with the geometric planting and play surface, the play structures and equipment draw inspiration from the architecture and wildlife of the prairie, including rhythmic fence post play features and bouncing bees.