Painted Prairie’s High Prairie Park is more than just a playground. It is a place where all ages and abilities can play among a series of treehouses and natural landscapes. Isaac Hoff of Beanstalk Builders shares the vision and inspiration behind the Denver Metro Area’s next best community gathering place.
“As visions of Painted Prairie came to be, the focus was on creating something that the kids have never seen before. Giving them creative pause on how best to play, explore, and adventure through We also wanted to tap into the natural elements, giving the playground a natural look and feel, with the treehouses being positioned to capture the mountains and the surrounding landscape.
As the idea progressed, we also wanted to create accessibility components to enable a diverse age group and a diversity of abilities to play. As the design came to be, we began to think of ways that provoked imagination, sparking life, excitement, and growth. As we put together different elements, we created a varying array of difficulty, using each bridge and traverse as a means to build confidence. Including little touches here and there that added to the authenticity of this build.
The hope with all of this is that this sense of wonder, imagination, and growth transcends into the development of the child. Enlivening movement, fitness, mental acuity, and the purity of just having fun. Our hope, in the end, is that this playground becomes a hub for the community of Painted Prairie, a place where people laugh, play, and thrive together. In this, we feel like it will be a job well done. This is our ultimate barometer of impact. Did it create happiness? Did kids grow from it? Was it fun? Did it help bring a community together?
This playground has been a dream to build. As a kid, when I envisioned a really cool playground, I feel like it would have looked something like this. As a kid, I wasn’t able to execute that vision fully, but now with bigger tools and toys, it is great to see that vision come to fruition.” — Isaac Hoff, Beanstalk Builders