Recreational area needed an upgrade to increase the customer flow. Santa Maria is the centre of attention in the playground but it is also surrounded by other exciting play equipment such as interactive Sona.
The Kids Wonderland in Molenschot has been refurbished during this year.
“We needed an upgrading of the adventure park in order to increase customer flow. We chose Yalp and Lappset as partners because they’re experienced suppliers of recreational environments. They fulfill the client’s needs, follow the agreements and respect the deadlines. They’ve also got profound experience in assembling large and complex entities. Favourable pricing was one key factor, too”, CEO of the Kids Wonderland Mark van den Berg concludes.
A design team consisting of Ruben Hartmann of Lappset’s subsidiary Yalp in Holland and Reima Mukkala, designer of the Lappset MyDesign! team in Finland, helped the client with modifications of the standard product by adding play challenges for children over 6 years, such as an extra bridge and rotating elements at the rear part of the ship. A huge GS-Web rope pyramid construction was also connected to the ship. Ruben designed the entire play area in collaboration with the client.
“The Santa Maria was the focal point of the play area. The design was drafted in close collaboration with the client, piece by piece. Actually about 75 percent of our original design was approved of by the customer already at the first meeting. The area design including the interactive play equipment Sona, surface solutions and modifications of the Santa Maria proceeded easily together with the client. The entire play area is fully compliant with the EN 1176 safety standards.” says Ruben Hartmann of Yalp.
The ship together with Yalp’s interactive Sona – a dancing and music game device for the outdoors – were installed together with the surface material, artificial grass, in ten days. The installation required a team of totally seven persons.
Sometimes history is the best source of inspiration to Lappset’s team of designers. In some other cases, the inspiration stems from contemporary features, like virtual gaming. One of the absolutely largest and most beloved standard playground products, the Santa Maria Ship, has its story deeply anchored in history of the Italian adventurer Christopher Columbus.
Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic Ocean on his largest vessel, La Santa María, built in Pontevedra, Galicia, in Spain’s north-west region. The ship was owned by Juan de la Cosa and launched in 1460. The ship ran aground onto a sandbank on Christmas Eve, the 25th of December in 1492, outside Cap-Haïtien in Haïti.
The first Santa Maria playground ship by Lappset was raised in the beginning of 1990’s in Lisbon, to celebrate the famous seafarer’s voyages across the Atlantic. Ever since, we have delivered similar playground ships to numerous locations in different parts of the world. Outside Madrid, in Alcobendas, the Santa Maria playground was awarded twice the Best Playground in Spain. In the Netherlands, the first Santa Maria was assembled at the Vacation Park Kijkduin some ten years ago. Today, the modern version of the flagship is found for e.g. in Riga, the Capital of Latvia, and as one of the latest assemblies, at the Kids Wonderland in Molenschot in the Netherlands.
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