Bringing the coast to Broomfield, Colorado

Named “The Bay”, the renovations at the aquatic park in Broomfield fully lives up to the coastal name. The landscape architect, BHA out of Fort Collins, designed a playful tot pool around this aquatic theme. The general contractor, Arrow J, hired Colorado Hardscapes to install faux rock and the specialty paving at the splash pad. 

With every di Giacomo rock project, Colorado Hardscapes first creates a maquette: a precisely scaled model. This maquette helps work out the design intent of BHA and thinks through the aquatic nature of these rocks. This project features 3 separate rock features, yet all three features tie into the same geomorphological story. The rocks at the new tot slides were eroded by splashing waves, creating little nooks and crannies for sea creatures such as crabs and starfish to hide out. Toddlers will feel the sense of exploration as the wind around these rocks to the top of the slides. The two other features fall away from the slide creating nice little coves for picnic shelters and private parties. These two areas also encourage interaction with the toddlers with rocks to sit on and discover.

When Colorado Hardscapes presented the maquette to the entire team, including the City of Broomfield, excitement for the project began to rise. At that time, the landscape architect approached Colorado Hardscapes for ideas on how to enhance the splash pad area. The original design called for sandblasted concrete, but BHA knew so much more was possible. So with some brainstorming sessions and samples a new plan emerged and excitement for the project began to grow even more. The new splash pad design features Colorado Hardscapes’ newest innovation: LithoMosaic. This new art form, coupled with Lithocrete, Sandscape, broom finish concrete, and decorative sawcuts created a simulated tidal pool washed upon the shore of the new tot pool.

The grand opening of The Bay’s Tot Pool in Broomfield on June 27 proved the design by BHA, the inspirations of the City of Broomfield, and the construction by Arrow J, Colorado Hardscapes and others encouraged oceanic play toddlers could experience in their own Colorado setting.

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