May Nissen Playground

ClientLivermore Area Recreation and Park District
LocationLivermore, CA
DisciplinesCivil Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture
Date2019
AwardCalifornia Association of Recreation and Park Districts 2020 Award of Distinction for Outstanding Renovated Facility; California Park & Recreation Society District 3 2019 Outstanding Park

May Nissen Playground is a 1.88-acre playground in Livermore, CA adjacent to a local library and aquatic facility. This 100% socially inclusive play space features areas for outdoor reading, theatrical or dramatic play, and creative play to complement the library operations, along with multiple play areas, outdoor exercise equipment, and a new restroom facility. Theming draws inspiration from classic fairy tales, from the fairy tale custom playground to the Jack-and-the-Beanstalk path with oversized leaf-shaped art, social spaces, pavement treatments, and large overhead flower shade structures. The community helped champion this project and was heavily involved in the design.

Thank you to The Independent Newspaper in Livermore for the beautiful photographs of the community enjoying this park!