Playground maker speaks at design school April 30

Landscape Structures co-founder Steve King shares the ups and downs of building 75,000 playgrounds

By Nora Poole

In our August 2013 issue we told the story of Delano-based Landscape Structures, a manufacturer of playgrounds that’s grown from a startup with a vision — and a concern for child development — to a giant in its niche. The company has made more than 75,000 playgrounds since its founding in 1971 and continues to thrive in the face of increasing international competition. On April 30 in Minneapolis, co-founder and chairman Steve King shares the ups and downs of leading a Minnesota startup that grew up fast and — with its “continuous play” concept — gave the world a new way to think about fun. The talk is part of Design Intersections, a series hosted by the University of Minnesota’s College of Design.