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Project: Playground Replacement

Ladera Ranch Maintenance Corporation (LARMAC) is replacing the playground structures and rubber play surfaces at three (3) parks in Ladera Ranch starting on September 9th.

Ladera Ranch Maintenance Corporation (LARMAC) is replacing the playground structures and rubber play surfaces at three (3) parks in Ladera Ranch starting on September 9th.

LARMAC, Ladera Ranch’s master association maintains financial reserves to replace amenities like playground equipment once they have reached the end of their ‘useful life’.

According to Michael Healy, LARMAC Capital and Reserve Project Manager, the first playground to be replaced is Dawnwood Park with work commencing on Monday, September 9th. All playgrounds will receive new play structures and rubber play surfaces and take between four to six weeks each.

When the LARMAC Board embarked on the playground replacement project, its members thought that is was important to get feedback from residents so they formed a Playground Replacement Task Force. The Task Force was asked to work with staff and to get input from residents, including residents who lived in the areas where the playgrounds were located, on features, colors, etc, After three months of research and outreach, the Task Force made recommendations including a game plan on replacing the playgrounds.

Among the feedback that the Task Force received was the importance of shade at the playgrounds. "Dawnwood Playground will have approximately fifty percent more shade” Healy said.

In addition to posting announcements on the community’s website, LaderaLife.com and in the bi-monthly email, Ladera Happenings, LARMAC will notify residents of the playground replacement projects with the use of A-frame signs at the parks, the community’s Facebook page, and by outreach to LARMAC Neighborhood Representatives and local community social media page administrators for Ladera Ranch Moms, Ladera Ranch Neighbors and Ladera Ranch Dads.

The play structures at the following parks will be replaced per the estimated schedule:

  • Dawnwood Park (from Sept. 9 to Oct 21)
  • Chaparral Park (starts on Sept 23)
  • Pleasanton Park (starts after Chaparral Park has been completed)

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Click here to hear Mike Healy, project manager talk about the first phase of the Playground Replacement project, Dawnwood Park Playground.





Why are the play structures being replaced?

  • According to LARMAC’s Reserve Study, the play equipment and rubber play surfaces at Chaparral, Dawnwood, and Pleasanton parks have zero (0) years remaining of useful life.
  • Chaparral Park is budgeted to be replaced every 12 years. Dawnwood and Pleasanton are budgeted to be replaced every 18 years.
  • In addition, maintenance costs are rising and the play equipment shows high wear.


Here is a list of the work that will be done at each park playground location:

Dawnwood Park:

  • Replace the play structure (appropriate for 5-12 year olds)
  • Add a free-standing shade cover above the structure
  • Refresh sand play area
  • Replacement of rubber play surface will be replaced

    Note: Walkway on both sides of the playground will be closed off for the duration of the project.

Chaparral Park:

  • Replacement of play structure which includes attached shade
  • Use existing shade structure
  • Will move the swings under shade structure
  • Sand play area will remain
  • Rubber play surface will be replaced

    Note: Restrooms at the park are expected to remain open.

Pleasanton Park:

  • Replacement of play structure with post and platform play structure (appropriate for 2-5 year olds)
  • Sand play area will be replaced with rubber play surface

Note: Located at the end of a cul-de-sac

For questions regarding this project, contact Project Manager: Michael Healy at Michael.Healy@fsresidential.com or (949) 218-3465.

 

Links to documents:

Photos of existing playgrounds (August 2019)
Dawnwood Playground Renderings and Layout
Chaparral Park Playground Rendering and Layout