Category Archives: Parks

Belarde Company Installs Stamped Concrete Bridge for Downtown Bellevue Park Inspiration Playground

The expansion and redesign of Bellevue’s Downtown Park was a long-time vision for civic leaders that has finally come to completion. Bomanite Licensee, Belarde Company installed a variety of stairs, sidewalks, and plazas throughout the 21-acre site as well as a key Bomanite architectural concrete feature in the newly designed Inspiration Playground.

Downtown Bellevue Park Designs Inspiration Playground using Bomanite Decorative Concrete from Belarde Company, Washington forming a Concrete Bridge for the Splash Pad The Bellevue Rotary Club was instrumental in helping to expand the original playground in the Downtown Park to include an innovative play space where kids of all ages and abilities can play and explore at their own pace. With the Design of Carol Henry from Design Concepts, the park is dedicated to fun, imagination and learning, and presents a universally accessible play experience that creates an overall truly Inspiration(al) Playground. The new playground offers interactive features that engage the senses, create inclusiveness and accommodate children of all abilities and their caregivers.

Downtown Bellevue Park Designs Inspiration Playground using Bomanite Decorative Concrete from Belarde Company, Washington forming a Concrete Bridge for the Splash Pad Belarde Company’s expertise lends to a creative small wooden bridge made of stamped concrete. The bridge planks and sides highlight the Bomacron “12” Boardwalk” pattern from the Bomanite Imprint Systems collection.  The installation of a horizontal concrete imprinted surface by itself is fairly straightforward.  However, constructing all the surfaces to replicate wooden planks required special attention to detail. Constructing the bridge required a monolithic horizontal and vertical concrete pour, strip color, imprint and finish process.   Even the ends of the ‘planks’ utilized the Bomanite system.  In addition, the bridge was embedded in the banks of an artificial stream water “Splash Pad” play area. Belarde Company constructed the stream bed using a hand-seeded multi-colored glass and aggregates system on its surface.

Downtown Bellevue Park Designs Inspiration Playground using Bomanite Decorative Concrete from Belarde Company, Washington forming a Concrete Bridge for the Splash Pad The project presented several challenges beyond the multiple surfaces of the bridge that included a very aggressive schedule. The owner, the City of Bellevue, was adamant that the project had to be completed before their annual Fourth of July Celebration which had been held at the Downtown Bellevue Park for over 30 years. Adding to the schedule constraints and to the inherent difficulties of installing various architectural concrete systems, Bellevue recorded its wettest winter ever! The Belarde Company team built a temporary tent structure over the bridge’s work area to adapt to the rain ensuring that a high-quality project would be delivered on time. By working closely with the City of Bellevue and Design Concepts, Belarde Company’s experience, attention to detail, and ability to coordinate, ensured the satisfaction of all parties and more importantly, a unique playground that the children visiting this unique interactive play area in Bellevue can enjoy for years to come.

To learn more about the Bellevue Park: https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/parks/parks-and-trails/parks/bellevue-downtown-park

Watch the inspiration behind the design: https://youtu.be/KEP-FtwFLOo

Premier Concrete Services Provides Educational Element for Centennial Center Park with Bomanite Decorative Concrete Systems

Centennial Center Park is an 11-acre City owned All-Weather Park that is located adjacent to the Centennial Civic Center and continues to be a destination for visitors throughout the state of Colorado. Along with traditional park structures, Center Park features various historical and educational elements. The park’s theme is “100 Years of History, 10,000 years of Human Habitation”. The family-friendly park includes amenities such as a large green amphitheater, educational and unique play areas, three simulated-stone climbing walls,  a large picnic shelter building with a fireplace, a coffee house, and areas that have information peppered throughout about the state in the form of educational boulders and decorative concrete hardscapes that include sandblasted text and graphics about Colorado history.

Centennial Center Park located in Colorado is an educational source with a play park that incorporates several Bomanite Decorative Concrete Systems used to inform visitors about the history of Cherry Creek Basin and was installed by Bomanite Licensee Premier Concrete Services.Bomanite Licensee, Premier Concrete Services had the privilege to be able to showcase their decorative concrete craftsmanship in this beautiful unique park.  Working with Turner Construction to make the Landscape Architect’s, Design Concepts, plans come to fruition for the city of Centennial, several Bomanite Systems were chosen for the hardscape. Intricate areas of the park incorporate a mix of Bomanite Imprinted Slate Texture pattern that surrounds bands of Bomanite Sandscape Texture and Bomanite Revealed Glass Exposed Aggregate Systems. The Bomanite Imprinted Texture was also incorporated into seat walls for relaxing with family and learning about history.

The main plaza showcases the historical timeline of the Cherry Creek Basin, including fun facts and a map of the Cherry Creek Watershed. The Bomanite Revealed Exposed Aggregate System uses 4 different colors of glass creating a concrete river running through the park. Bomanite Revealed™ is a sustainable finishing option that incorporates a unique binder and color blending process with specialty aggregates that works for projects requiring a highly decorative and durable finish.

Centennial Center Park located in Colorado is an educational source with a play park that incorporates several Bomanite Decorative Concrete Systems used to inform visitors about the history of Cherry Creek Basin and was installed by Bomanite Licensee Premier Concrete Services.The amphitheater’s design incorporates elements that represent the four periods of human history: Lithic, Archaic, Formative, and Classic. The “Colorado Statehood Walk” displays interesting facts about Colorado, while the “Viewfinder Walk” is an interactive trivia challenge that takes visitors on a quest throughout the Park– highlighting unique points of interests both inside and outside of the Park. Bomanite Sandscape Texture Exposed Aggregate an architectural concrete finishing option that utilizes specialized concrete mix designs containing select sands and aggregates was the choice for the sandblasted graphics and text in corresponding colors that provided the informational content.

Centennial Center Park located in Colorado is an educational source with a play park that incorporates several Bomanite Decorative Concrete Systems used to inform visitors about the history of Cherry Creek Basin and was installed by Bomanite Licensee Premier Concrete Services.Offering creative designs and coloring options, Bomanite Sandscape Texture produces consistent texture and durable hardscapes that were desirable for the Center Park design. Natural stone such as granite, quartz or marble along with unique aggregates such as recycled glass (used for the concrete river and accents throughout the park) or porcelain are common aggregates of choice for Bomanite Revealed installations. The natural non-skid properties and abrasion resistant aggregates make both Bomanite Revealed and Bomanite Sandscape Texture the perfect choice for entries, municipal or public works projects, hospitals, educational facilities, museums, pool decks, plazas and more.

Not just a place to play, but also a place to learn, Centennial Center Park is a treasure-trove of history and trivia earning them several awards with Premier Concrete Services receiving the 2019 Bronze Award – Best Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Project Under 6,000 Sq Ft. The scope of work included over 1,700 sf of Bomanite Imprinted concrete and over 3,400 sf of Bomanite Exposed Aggregate Systems.

The Bomanite Decorative Concrete Systems offer a variety of modernized mixes and an unlimited palette of colors, textures and aggregate options to choose from, providing cost-effective solutions that are more durable than ever for your creative artistic expression!