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Editor's note: "Childern's Adventure Garden Brings Life to a New Park in Atlanta" by Lisa Frank, an Atlanta writer and PR consultant, in the March LASN received accolades but also set off proprietary concerns:

SITE Design Group, Inc. asked that we clarify it was the skate park designer at Children's Adventure Garden. To view their skate park design go to

Also re "Childern's Adventure Garden"

While I was excited to see the final product published, I was disappointed to see there was no mention of the "other landscape architect" who was responsible for the master plan, which it very closely resembles. I was part of a very creative team led by EDAW/Atlanta who did a masterful job "selling" the project to the community through several public meetings, resulting in the financial support that the park now enjoys. We had hoped to do the final design for the first phase work, though because of the public nature of the work, we apparently did not submit the lowest bid. If the project continues to be developed in the same manner as the Adventure Garden, I can hardly wait to see the great things to come for Brook Run and the local community. Thank you for such a detailed critique and narrative. It would have been more complete if you had acknowledged the creative beginnings to this fine project.

Nevan Lash
Landscape Architect
Ursa International
Atlanta, Ga.

More "Childern's Adventure Garden"

My sincere compliments to Lisa Frank for writing such an informative, insightful and well-researched article on Children's Adventure Garden at Brook Run Park. Her opening and closing comments were especially powerful and thought-provoking:

"In a high-tech world where children spend hours sitting still in front of computers and TVs, their lack of physical activity is sounding an alarm with health officials. In fact, health experts speculate that this generation of American children may be the first to have an average life span that is shorter than their parents."

“By designing safe and stimulating places to play, a great park can open young minds, spark their dreams, connect kids with nature and inspire them to imagine their fullest potential. The long-term effects of special places like the Children's Adventure Garden at Brook Run Park will help build healthy minds and bodies. And that speaks to a brighter future."

Kudos to Lisa for an article that was not only well written but passionate as well.

Jim Novak
Public Relations Manager
Turfgrass Producers International

Final Note on "Childern's Adventure Garden"

Too bad you did not follow that USCPSC Handbook or the ASTM Standards in your design of the play areas. You should have areas for children 0 thru 5 months, 6-23 months, ages 2-5 and ages 5-12.
It is OK to have subsets such as ages 5-6; 7-8; or 9-12, but not a good idea to overlap since the playground equipment is made for the above noted categories.

It is frustrating to work so hard on the standards and then have landscape architects ignore them.

Just wait until a child gets injured, the park gets sued and the architect gets sued also for not following appropriate standards.
What a shame!

Donna Thompson, PhD
Executive Director
National Program for Plagyround Safety
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Re: "Please Walk on the Grass: The Wirth-While Legacy of Common Ground," by Joan Berthiaume, co-founder, Minneapolis Parks Legacy Society, March LASN

FROM LEFT: Theodore Wirth (1863-1949) o Conrad Wirth, FASLA (1899-1993) o Theodore J. Wirth, FASLA

So often we go through our lives not aware or acknowledging those who have gone before. We owe a debt of gratitude to the Wirth family and to you, Joan, for making the story of their lives come alive. Imagine, a little boy growing up in the mountains of Switzerland, coming to Minneapolis and changing it forever, for the better. And then to think the seeds he sowed improved the quality of life not only for those in our country, but also the lives of people in other nations, as his offsprings traveled back across the ocean again to share their talents. Thank you for writing their biographies.

Sue Quis
U. of Minnesota alumna
Minneapolis, Minn.

Wonderfully written. Beautifully presented and not too long a bio on these three great land-plan men. We need a fully revival on this same mission…and it's starting, we just have the politics in the way way too often. The touching note by Jackie O. was, well…touching. Thanks again!

Janice Drake
Marketing Manager
Sherman Group, Inc.
Phoenix, Ariz.

Re: news item "Ash Borer Hysteria?" on

We are led to believe that it is not "if the ash borer arrives" but more a matter of "...When it arrives." This inevitability is driving pro-active measures throughout the Chicago-land area: including education, raising visibility (through rewarding sightings), quarantines of known infestations, clear cutting, and routine municipal inspections and observations. The pro-action of planting alternative species now is warranted based on the experience of Michigan and the devastation caused by the death of millions of their ash trees. These trees were fast growing, inexpensive, tolerant of poor soil conditions and thus attractive to municipalities as parkway shade and landscaping. Unfortunately, the percentage of ash trees in most Chicago suburbs (and throughout the Midwest) is very high. If hit by the ash borer, the devastation will impact beauty, shade, wind breaks, drying of surrounding soil with tree removal and burning of shade plantings these trees protected. Birds will be impacted; property values could be negatively affected by stark and tree-less surroundings. This little bug needs a voracious predator ... and fast.

Bob Podgorski
Manager, Extension Services
Harper College
Prospect Heights, Ill.

Correction: The Tanella triple-head pole-mounted luminaire at Miami's Carnival Center of the Performing Arts pictured in "Coast to Coast to Coast" at the bottom of p. 88 of the April issue is manufactured by HessAmerica.

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