Case Study: An Innovative Play Trail

Santa Ana Play Trail, Santa Ana, CA

The Santa Ana River Trail is a 12-foot wide path following the Santa Ana River, a waterway that is cement-lined through much of Orange County but free flowing in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The popular trail links inland neighborhoods, businesses, and shopping districts with the beach, and provides colorful places for families to play and engage with nature-insect themes along the way.


Colorful, nature themed graphics enhance the persona of the space and delight the users.


Dots, shapes, and linear graphics offer opportunities for inventive games, discovery, and exploration, while enhancing educational value of the equipment.


Seamless transitions from the biking/walking path to the play area ensure accessibility for users of all abilities.


Intentional loose fill (sand) and unitary surfaces (poured-in-place) provide opportunities for sensory play and physical activity.

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