Destination Play

Imagine play that transforms landscapes into destination spaces where communities gather and families want to stay all day. Richter’s extraordinary products and philosophy have shaped some of the world’s most acclaimed and beloved playgrounds. APE Studio and Richter are uniquely experienced in creating play spaces that complement the environment and respond to the needs and desires of children, their families, and communities.

 
 
 

The largest public park gift in U.S. history, Gathering Place features 115 unique pieces of Richter equipment, including many custom designs. The centerpiece of the five-acre adventure playground is the Tower Spiral: six uniquely themed towers and a colossal elephant with tunnel slide trunk.

Gathering Place, Tulsa OK

Richter Play Towers, Tulsa
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I’ve opened a few parks before...but I’ve never had a park in which the community is so engaged and the community took such ownership.
— Tony Moore, Executive Park Director
 
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I think this park is so cool. It’s, like, better than Disneyland. There’s so many different things but it leaves part of it to the imagination.
— Lizzy, 10 years old
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The riverfront public play space includes a challenging playground designed for children to climb high and slide fast. A signature piece, the “Oinkithopter” is a stainless steel flying pig based on one of Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machines. Interactive water play area is another park favorite.

Smale Riverfront Park, Cincinnati OH

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This is the best place to play anywhere near Cincinnati ...There’s enough challenge that they can feel proud of themselves and enough variety that we’ll keep coming back again and again.
— Cincinnati Mother
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We wanted a place of adventure and challenge, and not a typical playground composed of off-the-shelf components.
— Steve Schuckman, Parks Superintendent
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The 172-acre park was developed in phases: first a 30-acre parcel including Hammock Grove—an array of hammocks for lounging and a play area for climbing and swinging. Next, The Hills, rising 70-feet above sea-level with commanding view of New York Harbor. One of the elevations, Slide Hill, features four Richter slides—including New York City’s longest!

Governors Island, New York NY

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There’s a lot more wildness. It’s more fun.
— Romy, 7 years old
Maybe we should make an environment where everyone can enjoy the lightness, and you can play.
— Adriaan Geuze, West 8
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A dazzling waterfront park built on former shipping piers, Brooklyn Bridge Park is a true urban oasis. The 1.6-acre Pier 6 Upland is devoted to children, with separate “rooms” for diverse kinds of play: Swing Valley, Slide Mountain, Sand Village, and the Water Lab are brimming with Richter play equipment—attracting families from all over the city, year round.

 

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn NY

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