Copper Harbor Playground Project

Help us bring a new playground to the Copper Harbor School

How to Build a Playground

on July 28, 2013

Before our playground equipment gets delivered to Copper Harbor, it has to be manufactured somewhere.   Did you ever think about that?  That playground equipment has to be made?  Well, our very own Syd and Marty, key players in the Copper Harbor Playground Project, took a tour to check it out.  Earlier this month, they visited Landscape Structures, Inc. (LSI) in Delano, MN.

This factory was founded in 1971 by Steve and Barb King.  Steve invented “continuous play” during a college project.  He thought kids would love the idea of getting to play on all the structures of a playground without ever touching the ground.  His professor didn’t think so, but Steve proved him wrong, as LSI now leads as the industry standard.

LSI is now 100% employee owned, and manufactures every piece right there in Minnesota.  Come see for yourself as you take the tour!  Here we go!

The Design of Play machines

The Design of Play machines

Recognize this corkscrew?

Recognize this corkscrew?

Adding some color!

Adding some color!

The making of a rock

The making of a rock

And how to sculpt a tree trunk

And how to sculpt a tree trunk

Making this log stack come alive

Making this log stack come alive

Don't forget the little guys

Don’t forget about the little guys

 

Ready to play on their Minnesota playground?

Ready to play on their Minnesota playground?

Race you to the log slide!

Race you to the log slide!

Who's at the top of that treehouse?

Who’s at the top of that treehouse?

P.U.  I'm not going over there!

P.U. I’m not going over there!

Woah, someone has been here before us!

Woah, someone has been here before us!

What's inside this cabin?

What’s inside this cabin?

It looks like somebody lives here!

It looks like somebody lives here!

Maybe it's Syd on our three ring fling!

Maybe it’s Syd on our three ring fling!

Did you have fun?  They hope you did!

Did you have fun? They hope you did!

Please note that not everything in these pictures will be on our playground.  This was a tour of the one at their facility.

Make sure you come help us put all these pieces together on Saturday, August 24th.  Then bring the kiddies by after the weekend because the playground will be ready to play on by the following Tuesday.  Stay tuned for our Grand Opening day!  Thanks for coming on the tour with us!


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