Sunflower Preschool Playground Gets New Park Synthetic Grass

Is the grass always greener?
At this city park it's orange, blue, and yellow.

Sunflower Playground at Barnett Park

Who says grass has to be green? Not park developers for the City of Lakeland, Fl. The city recently opened a playground featuring multi-colored faux park grass. The orange, blue, and yellow grass not only looks incredible, but also provides a safety-rated surface for children that will last for years.

The solution is a revolutionary park synthetic grass product called Playground Grass. This fake park grass provides a natural grass texture and appearance, as well as a cushioned safety surface that is ASTM safety rated for fall heights up to 12 feet and ADA accessible.

Playground Grass is made by ForeverLawn, a company that specializes in innovative synthetic turf products that meet unique needs including a park's synthetic grass needs.

Sunflower Preschool Playground is located inside Barnett Family Park in Lakeland, Fl. Since its grand opening in December, the park has seen a steady flow of visitors from local areas as well as children being transported from surrounding communities. The playground was designed to provide maximum early childhood developmental play opportunities for children aged three to five, and the texture and color of the park's synthetic grass was the perfect fit for the project.

"When we came up with the sunflower garden design for the surface, we thought that a pour-in-place surface was our only option," said Bill Tinsley, Director of Parks and Recreation. "We've had great success with Playground Grass in the past, and were thrilled to hear that ForeverLawn was up to the challenge of creating our vision using their grass."

The City of Lakeland had worked with ForeverLawn on another park project just months earlier called Common Ground Park. That park was created to provide play opportunity for all children, including over 17,000 children with physical and cognitive challenges in the Lakeland community. The award-winning park, which was recognized by the Synthetic Turf Council as a "Field of Dreams" award winner in 2010, features over 25,000 square feet of Playground Grass.

Sunflower Preschool Playground was built in memory of a little boy named John Kyle Vreeland, Jr., who died in 2008. The boy's grandmother, Weezie Vreeland, spearheaded the fund raising to build the park.

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