Delano, Minn.-based Landscape Structures Inc. engineered and constructed the Woodruff Park playground, which is installed in the park's northwestern corner. Jeff Santos of Coquitlam, British Columbia designed the original concept of the playground, having been named winner of the 2010 Playable 10 Contest held in partnership with Bank of America, Georgia Institute of Technology, CAP and the Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP).
The playground’s installation is a part of the larger Woodruff Park Master Plan, which is a detailed vision of Downtown’s most distinctive green space. The Master Plan supports a memorandum of understanding originated in 2007 between the City of Atlanta Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID).
In July 2012, a group of volunteers from Bank of America rolled up their sleeves to help prepare the site of the new playground. Several volunteers helped landscape the surrounding area and prepare the playground structure before it made its official debut.
Bank of America served an integral role in bringing the playground to fruition. Through a generous grant, Bank of America provided the funding for CAP/ADID to host the international competition to select the winning design for the playground. Additionally, the company provided financial support for the construction of the playground.
On July 17, 2012 CAP/ADID marked the official opening of the Woodruff Park playground with a celebration and press conference. Among those in attendance was Mayor Kasim Reed, Bank of America Georgia Market President Geri P. Thomas, Landscape Structures President Pat Faust and Doug Voss with the City of Atlanta Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.
Shaped with Atlanta in mind, the playground’s design mimics the letters “ATL,” and features climbing walls, monkey bars and a slide.
Children's Playground Guidelines
- No smoking
- Adults must be accompanied by a child and children must be accompanied by an adult
- Playground use intended for children under 12
- Adults should check for hot surfaces before allowing children to play on equipment
- Use playground equipment safely and properly
- Be courteous and respectful of others
- Please exit the playground during inclement weather
- Please take turns