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TURTLE BACK ZOO PREHISTORIC PLAYGROUND RECIEVES EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN AWARD FROM NJRPA

Mt. Arlington, New Jersey – (March 5, 2014)SUBURBAN CONSULTING ENGINEERS, INC. (SCE) is proud to announce that the Turtle Back Zoo Prehistoric Playground Project is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Excellence in Design Award from the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association (NJRPA).  The Project Designer and Landscape Architect, Joseph D. Perello, LLA, PP, ASLA, and Essex County representatives accepted the award at the 39th Annual NJRPA Conference and Awards Dinner on March 4th at the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.

The award winning facility includes a new prehistoric themed playground and sitting areas that enrich and enhance the zoo’s education and outreach programs, as well as provide an added amenity for zoo enthusiasts and families to enjoy during their regular zoo visits. The playground is equipped with thematic custom sculpted playground equipment with glass fiber reinforced concrete, themed benches and site furnishings, special landscape treatments and plantings, and an archeological fossil dig site with educational fossils and learning lab area with a fossil table and custom cave wall chalkboard located beneath a shade structure canopy where park enthusiasts can participate in their own fossil exploration and archeological adventure. The playground theme is complete with dinosaur climber structures, a custom “Prehistoric Tree of Life” climbing structure with slides, and a saber-tooth scoot slide; all age appropriate for children 2 to 5 years old and 5 to 12 years old constructed over resilient rubberized playground surfacing.

“The Prehistoric Playground provides zoo visitors the opportunity to play and exercise while promoting educational opportunities to increase interest in prehistoric creatures.” said Joseph Perello, Principal Vice President and Director of Landscape Architecture at SCE. “The design process of working with the County of Essex, the Zoo Director, managerial staff and educators to design this innovative prehistoric-themed playground was a valuable experience resulting in this outstanding award winning facility that is enjoyed by the many visitors to Turtle Back Zoo.” 

About SUBURBAN CONSULTING ENGINEERS, INC. (SCE)
SCE is a multi-disciplined civil engineering, landscape architecture, site planning and land surveying firm providing professional services to municipalities, counties, colleges and universities, boards of education, water and wastewater utilities, land developers and architectural firms for over 27 years.  With offices in Morris and Monmouth Counties, SCE is a mid-size design firm that prides itself in providing responsive professional services to a diverse client base utilizing state-of-the-art engineering and design procedures and techniques. Visit the company website at www.suburbanconsulting.com for more information on the firm’s notable achievements, services provided, key staff, and company news.

Contact:
SUBURBAN CONSULTING ENGINEERS, INC.
100 Valley Road, Suite 202
Mt. Arlington, NJ 07856
Attn.: Reyna M. Burger, Marketing Manager
rburger@suburbanconsulting.com
Main Office: (973) 398-1776


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