ROSIE THE ELEPHANT PLAYGROUND

WHERE: 
Canopy Park, Five Park Miami, Florida, USA - 2022

CUSTOMER:
Five Park Miami

COLLABORATION:
Arquitectonica

 

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Canopy Park at the luxurious residential complex Five Park Miami Beach is home to the impressive Rosie the Elephant Playground. The lush 3-acre park is a beautiful setting for the iconic animal and her animal friends to be explored. 

Inspired by the story of the Asian elephant, who became an iconic mascot of the area in the early days of Miami Beach, the huge yet friendly elephant is the centerpiece of the playscape and is surrounded by beautiful butterflies in various stages of metamorphosis - from larva to chrysalis to butterfly. The playground offers hours of child-led exploration and play as kids venture into the huge animal to discover the tube slide down or as they tackle the obstacle course from one end of the playground to another before bouncing on the big butterfly.

Elephant playground in Miami Beach

Climb inside the beautiful blue chrysalis - a great hiding place!

Girl playing at accessible MONSTRUM playground with her friend

The playground is designed with accessible features and accommodates play for all ages and abilities.

Chrysalis and butterflies at Rosie the elephant playground MONSTRUM

Kids can follow the journey of metamorphosis from larva to chrysalis to flourishing butterfly.

COME, JOIN THE ELEPHANT PARADE

Kids playing at Miami Beach MONSTRUM playground

THE LEGACY OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS ELEPHANT

Rosie the elephant became a symbol of everything luxurious and awe-inspiring about the new area of Miami Beach in the 1920s. Developer Carl Fisher is said to have worked with a fruit farmer to clear and protect land for development, creating a series of artificial islands in north Biscayne Bay. Rosie was acquired by Fisher and featured in publicity photos of the area with celebrities such as President Warren G. Harding, establishing Miami as a sought-after, exotic destination.

Arguably America's most well-known elephant of the time, Rosie was widely loved and is thought to have lived until 1938.

Archive photo of Rosie the elephant
Birds eye view of Rosie the elephant playground

The playground is situated in the wonderful green Canopy Park.

Playground with slides, an elephant and butterfly play features

Surrounded by skyscrapers, this Miami playground is a welcome respite from the bustling city around.

Rendered visual of the Rosie the elephant playground

A conceptual sketch in the design phase.

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