LEGOLAND® Waterpark Opens on time & under budget

LEGOLAND Florida opened their new attraction, the LEGOLAND Florida Waterpark on time and under budget recently. As a part of the opening festivities, LEGOLAND coerced 1355 people into the park early, to help break the World Record for most beach balls in the air at one time! Principal Todd McCurdy, FASLA and Jim Pope, AIA were in attendance along with our clients, press, and many happy people!

LEGOLAND® Florida and MorrisTerra presented with Urban Forestry Award

LEGOLAND Florida and MorrisTerra are presented with a Florida Urban Forestry Council Award for stewardship of Cypress Gardens and conservation in park.
Awesomeness. The beautiful framed painting that is the award was presented by Kimberly Paulson representing the Urban Forestry Council.
The presentation to LEGOLAND® General Manager Adrian Jones along with representatives from MorrisTerra, ValleyCrest and LEGOLAND Landscape took place at the Banyan tree in the Botanical Gardens at LEGOLAND Florida. Check out the video

Nice write-up in the Dayton Daily News

Patterson Canal Boulevard received a nice write-up in the Dayton Daily News this morning, including some nice quotes from the Mayor and other important people in the City.

“Patterson Boulevard was part of our future plans, so we were able to put the money toward that,” said Steve Finke, assistant director of Public Works. The city is covering the engineering and planning costs.
The city commission approved use of the money for the project on Wednesday.
The project includes widening sidewalks, planting trees, flowers and shrubbery, adding a bike lane and installing 12-foot-high pylons with decorative lighting along the four-lane boulevard.
“It will be a history walk with 10 pylon markers that show the history of the canal and the city,” said Finke.
“It ties Riverscape to Fifth Third to Cooper Park to the Oregon District,” Finke said. “It provides a better experience to draw people from the ballpark to the Oregon District.”

We at MorrisTerra are quite excited that this is proceeding and would like to congratulate the City for its vision of walkability!

Dayton Daily News

LEGOLAND® announces Waterpark

Scheduled to open in time for summer 2012, the LEGOLAND Water Park will feature a wave pool, Build-A-Raft lazy river, tube slides, body slides and an interactive water-play structure - DUPLO® Safari.
Key areas of LEGOLAND Water Park attraction include:
LEGO® Wave Pool – Families can catch a gentle wave or simply cool off in this perfectly sized wave pool where the waves are just big enough for all ages to enjoy 
Twin Chasers – Friends ride tubes 375 feet down an intertwining pair of enclosed water slides before plunging into a refreshing pool below
Splash Out – The thrill seekers of the family can ascend to the tallest point of the water park attraction and choose from one of three unique slides, then speed down a 60-foot drop  and “splash out” into the water below
Joker Soaker - A fun, interactive playground with various lengths, heights and types of slides that offer something different for every member of the family.  Guests can wade in the surrounding pool and be surprised with a torrential spill from a 300-gallon bucket
Build-A-Raft River - Families can imagine, design and build a unique LEGO vessel and set afloat on a maiden voyage around the 1000-foot-long lazy river, set amongst  playful LEGO Friends, flowering vegetation and palm trees
DUPLO® Splash Safari – Toddlers will rule at this  water play area with shorter slides and interactive, larger-than-life DUPLO creatures. 

LEGOLAND® named Outstanding Experience

“Unlike last year, there were so many unique experiences and great attractions, it was just really hard to pick just one. We thought that we had it nailed down to another attraction, then we walked through the gates of Legoland Florida. I was a kid again, squealing in delight at all the amazing Lego models, all of the great fun rides, and just floored by the way that the park transformed the old Cypress Gardens into an actual Theme Park that people lined up for! The beauty of Cypress Gardens was kept intact, while an all new park sprung to life with something to do for just about everyone. Sure, the park is aimed at little kids, and if you go without one you’ll be sorely disappointed, but with all the models, shows and coasters it’s a definite must see park. The “Model Citizens” are also very enthusiastic and extremely friendly, almost more than any other park we had been to this year. Plus the park has already announced expansion plans, has plans they haven’t announced and has been so successful over the holiday season that they had to close for capacity, and extend hours several times. This park has already done great things, and we feel that there will be many more great things to come!” - Behind the Thrills
Congratulations Legoland Florida!
Visit the official
Legoland Florida website!

LEGOLAND® rakes in first award

LEGOLAND® Florida has been selected as the winner of the Florida Urban Forestry Council's 2011 Friends of our Urban Forest Awards Program in the category of OUTSTANDING PROJECT. The awards selection committee felt that the LEGOLAND® Florida project efforts stood above all other applicants in exemplifying excellence in Urban Forestry throughout the State of Florida. MorrisTerra along with ValleyCrest Design maintained 80% of the existing trees on site, often redesigning or relocating attractions and buildings to ensure that the trees would remain. In addition, the team relocated 20 mature specimens within the property, creating an instant “has been there forever” feeling in parts of the park, and improving the character of the spaces. The trees are one of, if not THE most important element in the feeling created at opening like no other park.

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