We are proud to work with some amazing people across our beautiful state. Take a look at the inside stories behind some of our most recent work!
Glen Lake Students Showcased on National Public Radio (NPR)
Excelsior Community Park
Fundraising kicks off for first playground south of Hwy 7 in Excelsior. In the west metro, Highway 7 divides the city of Excelsior. Any public parks for its fewer than 3,000 residents, including the elementary school playground, are north of the highway.
Over the years, the parking lot at Excelsior United Methodist Church became a makeshift play space for children south of the highway. Last year, pastor Brooke Heerwald Steiner and a couple of churchgoers formed a plan to develop that open space into an actual playground.
Lions raise $340,000 for inclusive park in Sartell
Sartell, LeSauk Township & St Stephen Lions Clubs worked together to fund new Inclusive Playground in Sartell.
Designed for Children and Adults to enjoy, this generational playground features rubberized “Poured-in-Place” surfacing.
There’s also a directly wheelchair accessible We-Go-Round “Merry-Go-Round”, making it easier for all mobility challenged people of all ages to play together.
Glen Lake Elementary School On Kelly Clarkson Show
Glen Lake Elementary School was featured on the Kelly Clarkson Show.
Glen Lake Elementary, in Hopkins, Minnesota featured on CBS Morning News
Willmar Events and Recreation Center
Willmar Events and Recreation Center to open Monday, Nov. 21
Shoreview Commons- New Destination Playground
Waconia's Make A Wish Comes True
Quinn Larson of Waconia was 10 at the time. He was chosen to have a wish granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Instead, he chose to donate his wish money to build a playground in Waconia that he and kids like him could use.
Minneapolis Receives a KaBOOM! Playground
Little Falls Pine Tree Park Receives Kiwanis Grant
“The Kiwanis Club’s plan for the project was to create something with a “highly accessible” playground."
Chisholm Kiwanis Club Wins Legacy of Play H20 Contest
Landscape Structures and Aquatix® partnered with Kiwanis International to create the new Legacy of Play H2O contest to help Kiwanis clubs achieve their goal of bringing play to all children. The Chisholm Kiwanis Club of Chisholm, Minnesota, will be awarded an AquaSmart™ Package from Aquatix valued at up to US$50,000.
Hibbing's Greenhaven Elementary School opens inclusive playground
“At a time in this world when it is so important that we come together, what better occasion to do this than the grand opening of this beautiful inclusive playground,” Greenhaven Elementary School principal Carrie McDonald said. “We hope that this playground will teach life lessons of understanding, cooperation, and empathy for both children and adults of all abilities.”
All are welcome to play at Owatonna's new inclusive playground
“The community was thrilled, we never had nothing like this. Owatonna and surrounding communities from this will benefit as well,” Truelson said. “We really wanted to bring out community together, and that’s what this is gonna do by the completion of this project.”
Roseville to open inclusive playground expansion at Central Park
The new playground area includes wheelchair-friendly rubber and turf surfaces, a concrete loop around the play site, a rolling slide, wee-go round and accessible climbing features designed to create play opportunities for people of all ability levels.
The project began with conversations between Friends of Roseville Parks board members about the need for inclusive parks in the city.
“The kids in our community actually had to travel to the suburbs, out a little further out to actually be able to play on playground equipment,” said Kori DeJong, president of FOR Parks.
St.Paul Midway Peace Park Grand Opening
St.Paul’s Midway Peace Park is truly a park made by the local community, and the ribbon cutting with Major Melvin Carter was proof that this is a very special place!
Check out the videos! https://youtu.be/DmUQLcwOXKs
Shoreview Commons Destination Playground
For the past 18 months, the Shoreview City Council has envisioned the development of the Shoreview Commons Phase 2 improvement project, which includes a destination playground.
Shoreview Commons new destination playground truly will be like 6 playgrounds built into one!
City of Crystal Drives Inclusion
The city of Crystal is reinvesting in its parks, and that includes making play areas more inclusive. Becker Park and FAIR School Park now have features that make it possible for wheelchair users to access playground equipment, including a wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round, bucket seats for swings and a zipline, and rubberized surfaces.
Owatonna's Manthey Park
Progress update on the Inclusive Playground and Miracle Field at Manthey Park! After years of planning, this inclusive playground is coming to a beautiful reality! Watch more about this amazing project and the progress here…
Inver Grove Heights Master Plan
Inver Grove Heights has some very exciting plans for their Park system over the next couple of years!
One addition will be a destination playground at Heritage Village Psrk. Watch more from Town Square Television here….
Worthington's Chautauqua Inclusive Playground
One of our favorite parts of this business is working with amazing communities like Worthington!
Watch the fun news story on the status of their new inclusive playground at Chautauqua Park!
Litchfield's First District Celebrates 100 Years
Litchfield’s First District celebrates 100 years with a new and unique dairy themed playground.
Flagship Recreation Becomes Accredited by the Better Business Bureau
We are continuously looking for ways to improve our business and service to our customers. Now, you have another reason to put your communities trust in Flagship Recreation! We are the only MN Playground company that is Accredited by the Better Business Bureau!
Kiwanis International Award- Worthington, MN
The judges’ votes have been counted! The winners: the kids of Worthington, Minnesota. The Early Risers Kiwanis Club there has won the 2020 Legacy of Play contest and will receive US$25,000 in playground equipment from Landscape Structures!!
Grand Rapids Herald Review Highlights Ball Club Inclusive Playground
The Ball Club Park’s first inclusive playground is nearly complete!
Read more about this new playground…
Pioneer Press Features Mahtomedi's Aaron's Playground
A playground that was truly built from love. Read more about Mahtomedi’s Aaron’s Playground and all of the joy that it will bring!
KSTP Showcases Waconia Inclusive Playground Plans
Thank you to KSTP for sharing the message and goals for the Waconia Inclusive Playground. Check it out on KSTP News
North Mankato Fallenstein Playground Celebrates 1 year
North Mankato Fallenstein Inclusive Playground & Miracle League Field celebrates one year!
Watch what this community space has done for bringing people together…
Lake Elmo Regional Park Reserve Plans for New Playground
Washington County officials have approved plans for a major makeover at Lake Elmo Regional Park Reserve that will improve conditions for campers and Eagle Point Trail users.
Landscape Structures Takes Playgrounds ‘To A Whole New Level’
It all began when founder Steve King wrote a college thesis about playgrounds of the future. The professor gave him a C+. The public gave him an A+.
Today, Landscape Structures is involved in about 3,500 playground projects a year. Ringtangles, Oodle Swings and Omni Spins have replaced playground equipment of the past.
Woodbury's Ojibway Park Playground
Woodbury’s Ojibway Park Playground makes it grand debut at Woodbury Days!
Crystal's Becker Park Receives $50k Paul's Pals Donation for Inclusive Playground
The Crystal City Council recently approved the purchase of an inclusive playground at Becker Park.
The new play area will have a rubberized surface, which makes it easy for wheelchairs and strollers to navigate. Paul’s Pals, a nonprofit that works to improve the lives of children with disabilities, recently gave the city a $50,000 grant. The money will go toward the $627,000 playground.
Minneapolis Approves Folwell Park
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board approves Folwell Playground plans.
Waconia Inclusive Playground
We are proud and excited to be a part of making this boy and communities dreams come true!
Watch the video and be prepared to be inspired to help!
Woodbury's Ojibway Park Renovations Revealed
Woodbury City Council approved plans for the Ojibway Park building renovation and released updated renderings showing two outside views of the planned park building.
The Parks and Natural Resources Commission also revealed several playground renderings earlier in the month. Read more..
Madison's Place Named 2019 Top Adaptive Playground
Congratulations to Woodbury’s Madison’s Place for being named the 2019 Top Adaptive Playground by
Pediatric Home Services. Read more.
Bemidji Lions Club & Eagle Scout Troup Donate Playground Equipment & Installation
Bemidji Lions Club donates Landscape Structures Musical Instruments and the Eagle Scouts provide installation this spring at the Paul Bunyan Inclusive Playground. Communities coming together!
Landscape Structures names Flagship Recreation Rep of the Year!
Landscape Structures Inc. has named Flagship Recreation, of St. Paul, Minn., 2018 Rep Organization of the Year.
“Flagship Recreation was named 2018 Rep Organization of the Year because they are extremely knowledgeable, build strong relationships and deliver on promises to their customers,” said Pat Faust, president of Landscape Structures. “Flagship Recreation has been a key Landscape Structures partner, and we are proud to have their team bringing our playground and recreation solutions to Minnesota.”
CERT Program Vendor
Flagship Recreation is now officially approved as a CERT Program Woman Owned Business.
KaBOOM! Announces Landscape Structures Partnership
KaBOOM! announced Landscape Structures as its next “Partner in Play,” with a three-year partnership set to begin on Jan. 1, 2019. The Partner in Play serves as the primary supplier of playground equipment and partner in building hundreds of playspaces in communities in need across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to ensuring all kids have great, safe places to play, will work with commercial playground equipment manufacturer, Landscape Structures Inc., to provide innovative playspaces that will enable kids and families, regardless of zip code, to make play the easy choice.
2019 Playbook Has Arrived!
The 2019 Playbook has arrived- it features some of the most unique playgrounds done across the WORLD in 2018!
Our very own Three Rivers Park District – French Regional Park is featured on pages 42-48!!!
Dare to be different.
ASLA's _Scape Magazine Recognition
Flagship Recreation’s case study on what it takes to make an inclusive playground, from beginning to end, was highlighted in ASLA’s _SCAPE Summer 2018 Edition. Read more about the process and Minnesota’s largest inclusive playground!
KSTP Showcases Hutchinson Inclusive Playground
Hutchinson Community is expanding their inclusive playground, with the help of the Elks Club and many more1
KSTP Backyard BBQ Visits Shakopee Fun For All Playground
KSTP’s Joe Schmit visits Shakopee to highlight the Fun for All Playground at Lions Park as a part of this summer’s Backyard Barbecue segment. Watch here…
Chad Greenway Lead the Way Foundation
Colorful slides and ladders are part of a new playground at Minnesota Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. It’s all thanks to former Minnesota Viking Chad Greenway, his wife Jenny and their “Lead the Way Foundation.” Read more..
St. John Paul II Catholic Preparatory School Gets a New Playground!
St.John Paul II Catholic Preparatory School in Minneapolis spent years without a playground .
2 years ago, they received a donated used playground from a school who was getting a new one. They have spent the last 2 years planning and fundraising for this day !
A new refurbished playground -perfect combo of old and new ! Plus Healthbeats equipment for the community to Enjoy too !
Watch our very own Minnesota Moment here
Crystal Prepares for Signature Park Makeover
Crystal prepares for their first inclusive destination playground, working with Flagship Recreation.
Watch to learn more
New Ulm Recongized for Hermann Heights Inclusive Playground
Working with the New Ulm Community was such a great experience for us. Its wonderful to see their inclusive playground (Hermann Heights Park) and amazing community support recognized!
Check out the article in Parks and Rec Business
Alexandria Makes a Splash!
The City Council in Alexandria has approved an Aquatix by Landscape Structures Splash Pad- it will be the first in Alexandria.Read More…
Flagship Recreation and Landscape Structures Sponsor Polar Plunge
Flagship Recreation and Landscape Structures are proud sponsors of the Special Olympics Polar Plunge.
Water Play By Landscape Structures Encourages Inclusive Play
Aquatix by Landscape Structures, an Eden Prairie, Minn.-based aqua play equipment designer, engineer and fabricator, has introduced the AquaGather Station. This interactive water table encourages kids of all ages and abilities to socialize while they discover the many possibilities of cause and effect.
Fallenstein Inclusive Playground Breaks Ground
Another key milestone in North Mankato’s Fallenstein Inclusive playground occurred with the ground breaking in November.
The playground is planned to be finished in Spring of 2018 for all to enjoy!
Sauk Rapids Generation Playground
Sauk Rapids first inclusive playground is in the works! Thanks to a special 14 year old, who has the passion and drive to make the Generations Playground dream a reality.
Learn more about what the driving forces are and how you can help!
Minneapolis Park Board Approves Peavey Park Renovations
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board approved a $1 million renovation plan Thursday for Peavey Park, that includes a new playground, picnic shelter and multi-use field.
You can view the article and the design via WCCO
2018 Landscape Structures Playbook
The 2018 Landscape Structures Playbook has arrived!
It features some of the most creative playgrounds on 2017 across the globe, and our very own Maplewood Gladstone is featured!
Flagship Recreation Sponsors Lil' Nugget Storytime
Flagship Recreation is proud to sponsor the new Ronald McDonald House Charities- Upper Midwest Lil’ Nugget Storytime.
This new program is a developmentally appropriate literacy-based program for children ages 3-5. Its creating a special place for patients and siblings of patients to continue to their love for learning while staying at the Ronald McDonald House – Upper Midwest
Read more about this fun new offering
Learn more about RMHC- Upper Midwest
Summer 2017- Minnesota Recreation and Parks Magazine
Landscape Structures and Flagship Recreation truly are leaders in Minnesota’s inclusive playgrounds!
In the summer 2017 edition of Minnesota Recreation and Parks magazine, you can find the amazing stories behind the 4 inclusive playgrounds showcased:
Shakopee’s Fun For All: page 15
Woodbury’s Madison’s Place Universal Playground : page 17…
Bemidji’s Paul Bunyan Inclusive Playground: page 18-19
Hermann Heights Inclusive Playground: page 20, 22
Also featured is Roseville’s Park and Recreation Master Plan and Renewal project: page 24
We are honored to be partners in ALL of these projects that are making a real statement in your communities!!
Check the stories out at:
Shakopee's Fun For All Playground Wins Top Adaptive Playground in MN
Pediatric Home Service has released its Top Spots- Minnesota’s best places for families with special needs, and our very own Shakopee’s Fun For All Playground has been named the winner!
We have many other inclusive playgrounds that were nominees for you to check out as well, they are all amazing!
Gideon Pond Elementary Receives US Bank & Mn Vikings Grant
Gideon Pond Elementary in Burnsville is the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the US Bank and Minnesota Vikings for their inclusive playground being built! The money will go towards creating the communities first inclusive and barrier-free playground in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 and the City of Burnsville. It will include pieces that are easily accessible and safe for students of all ability levels.
Read more here
North Mankato Miracle League and Fallenstein Playground win $25,000 for their playground!
North Mankato Miracle League and Fallenstein Playground are the 2017 winners of the Kiwanis International Legacy of Play Contest, winning $25,000!
Landscape Structures and Kiwanis International, a global organization of members of every age who are dedicated to serving the children of the world, teamed up to help a deserving Kiwanis club bring a playground to their community.
The Fallenstein Playground will open in 2018.
Minneasota's Largest Inclusive Playground is coming soon!
This Fall, Cottage Grove Woodridge Park will complete the States largest inclusive playground. It will include 24,000 square feet of fun with wheelchair accessible equipment and surfacing, equipment geared towards sensory disorders, Zip Krooz, climbing elements and so much more!
Fundraising for the $800k playground began in 2013, and thanks to many generous donors, the goal has been reached!
Read more here
St.Paul Children's Museum Re-Opens with Scrambler
After major renovations, the St.Paul Children’s Museum re-opened in June! The centerpiece of the floor to ceiling glass window, is a 20ft stainless steel spiral slide!
The slide was listed as one of the Best New Things, read more here
You can also learn about the Scrambler and other great new exhibits here
Three Rivers Park District- French Regional Park
The iconic French Regional Parks wooden play structure is being redone, and the new wood and net structure is going to be Epic! Landscape Structures and Flagship Recreation are so excited to be a part of this unique and exciting play space!
You can view the new design and plans here.
Ely's Washington Elementary School Students Plan Playground
The weather is cold in Ely, but the children at Washington Elementary will warm your heart. Listen to this great story about the children being a part of planning their new playground. Just imagine the pride they will feel when it comes to fruition!
Flagship is honored to be a part of creating this special space!
Landscape Structures 2017 NEW Products revealed
Its hard to imagine playground fun getting even better, but wait until you see the newest products from Landscape Structures just revealed for 2017!
There is everything from the new climbing GeoPlex to the next generation of playhouses (the Nook and the Loft) to the steepest and fastest slides on the market!
MPR News- Memorable Stories of 2016
Woodbury Park & Recreations inclusive playground, Madison’s Place, is featured as MPR News- Memorable Stories of 2016!
Its a great representation that play is not just play. An inclusive playground can offer a sense of independence to children of all abilities.
It can also bring children and families together!
Ronald McDonald House Community Build
On October 13th, we partnered with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Upper Midwest, Country Financial, and Landscape Structures to build an amazing new playground at the house! It was a beautiful fall day that was punctuated by the fact that we were building play for some well deserving kids.
A few weeks prior, we celebrated the groundbreaking of the playground with the House and Chad Greenway of the Minnesota Vikings. Chad, his wife Jenni, and his Lead the Way Foundation donated over $75,000 towards the construction of the playground. To learn more about the donation and the foundation, read this article from ESPN.
Landscape Structures 2017 Playbook features 3 Flagship Recreation Projects
Global Playground Manufacturer, Landscape Structures, has published the 2017 Playbook! The Playbook showcases just a small sampling of the many amazing projects that feature Landscape Structures (LSI) playground equipment.
Flagship Recreation, as the Minnesota Landscape Structures Representative, has the honor to have 3 of our projects featured! Congratulations to Maple Grove’s Central Park, Woodbury’s Madison’s Place, and Minneapolis’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park…check out the video to see more.
Big Woods at Lake Rebecca Playground
Our very own Big Woods at Lake Rebecca playground was recognized as one very special place to play in Minnesota. Thank you to Three Rivers Park District for making this possible!
Community Build Comes Together In Shakopee
After an ambitious, summer-long fundraising effort, the new inclusive playground at Lions Park in Shakopee is near completion! On October 22nd, we joined the City of Shakopee, Shakopee Lions, and over 70 community volunteers to build the new space. With beautiful weather and amazing support, the majority of the equipment was assembled in just one day. Following the completion of construction, the city is looking to hold a grand opening in late Spring 2017. For more information on the build and the project, check out this great article from the Shakopee Valley News.
Minneapolis Public Schools Launches Talking Is Teaching Campaign
We were proud to stand with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), the City of Minneapolis, and the Minnesota Children’s Museum as MPS launched their comprehensive Talking Is Teaching campaign across the district. On October 27th, we attended the kickoff event with Landscape Structures and featured some of our Talking Is Teaching engagement panels and Rhapsody instruments.