US – American architecture firm NBBJ, in collaboration with musician Flea, has transformed the Nickerson Gardens Playground in Los Angeles. The Watts neighbourhood playground is situated in the largest social housing project west of Mississippi and spans 17,656 square feet (1,640 square metres).
Thanks to NBBJ’s designs, it now boasts new features like slides, swings and a carousel for the community’s children, all provided by Kompan, a playground equipment company. To ensure durability, the playground’s activity areas feature play-specific surfaces made from recycled materials in fade-resistant shades of orange and yellow.
Given southern California’s high summer temperatures, misting poles and shade structures have also been added. The renovation also includes an adult exercise facility. Flea’s funding of the project and collaboration with community members, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and designers to enhance the public housing complex’s outdoor space aligns with the case studies we explored in our analysis of the emerging Urban Wellness Market.
As outdoor spaces are crucial for both physical and mental wellbeing, can your business explore opportunities related to improving urban living conditions and community wellbeing? Engaging in community-driven projects could enhance your company’s reputation and brand image