Opening day of baseball season brought added excitement to Tacoma area kids this year with the completion of the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Family Pavilion, a premier playground facility inside Cheney Stadium. The Tacoma Rainiers’ team ownership worked with Korsmo Construction to execute their vision for a new children’s play area and Wiffle ball field to enhance the fun and family-friendly atmosphere at the ballpark.
Located behind the grass berm along the first baseline, the Family Pavilion allows parents to keep their eyes on their kids and the game. The new, 9,670 square foot park caters to children of all ages: toddlers and younger children can enjoy age-appropriate play equipment that helps sharpen their gross motor skills, and kids ages five to 12 can climb and navigate through flexibility-based structures. The playground sits atop a special rubberized material that provides a resilient, safe play surface.
Children (and parents) can step up to bat on Tacoma’s only regulation-sized Wiffle ball field, which features a synthetic turf. A patented netting system and backstop provide ample protection from Rainiers’ foul balls and keeps Wiffle ball home runs from escaping the pavilion.
The play area operates as a public park that is accessible year round, but will be reserved for ticket holding individuals one hour prior to gates opening at Rainiers home games.
The project was completed using the design-build delivery method, and signifies one of Korsmo Construction’s most unique – and fun – projects to date. Korsmo was highly involved in the planning and design of the project, working with landscape architecture firm Bruce Dees & Associates to find unique ways to maximize the Rainiers’ budget to achieve their goals. This highly collaborative project had many different stakeholders, including the City of Tacoma, Metro Parks of Tacoma and the Cheney Foundation.
“The new playground equipment and Wiffle ball field will be a great addition to our community’s public play spaces. All of us at Korsmo are excited about our continuing partnership with the Rainiers organization and look forward to supporting the club for years to come,” said John Korsmo, President of Korsmo Construction.