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2018 Landscape Project Award:


The Riley Children’s $38.5 million Sports Legends Experience is 7.5 acres, 3 indoor exhibits, 12 outdoor sports experiences, 16 legends, and a whole lot of fun. Opening March 17, 2018. 

The Indianapolis Children's museum is the largest of its kind in the world and this exhibit, the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. 

Pete and Alice Dye Golf Experience: 60,000 sq. ft. of undulations, seams and colors unite at this intricately designed children's museum golf exhibit. Pete and Alice Dye, native Hoosiers, were asked to pick their favorite 18 holes they designed over the course of their career to showcase at this project. These holes were then scaled down to be actual replicas complete with water features, sand traps and boulders. The result is an unparalleled 3D playing course showcasing 8 varieties of SYNLawn plant-based synthetic grass.

The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience combines rich sports history, physical fitness, and health education in a variety of family-fun, indoor and outdoor experiences. Run, drive, jump, putt, and play while learning how to stay happy, healthy, and safe. Meet a legendary sports character every visit, hear their story of greatness and get coached in the drills and skills that helped them succeed. Imagine yourself in the shoes of that same sports legend and start your story today.

The project is unique because it's relevant to all ages. This stellar project incorporates these two segments in one large arena for children and adults to enjoy during the bustling summer months, fall school field trips, winter extravaganza parties and the spring corporate flings. The largest feature is the 36-hole golf course for beginner, advanced and expert playing levels. In keeping true to Indiana roots, Pete and Alice Dye, native Hoosiers, were asked to pick their favorite 18 holes they designed over the course of their career to showcase at this project.

It's also unique because the sports figures chosen all have Hoosier ties.

Pete and Alice Dye were very active in the execution of the golf project visiting the site several times to check in on the SYNLawn installation crew and were utterly impressed and stunned with what our expert installation team were able to accomplish by bringing this vision to life. In addition to the golf course portion of this project, SYNLawn installed 3 mini-fields: A Colts Football Field, Baseball Field and Soccer Field to the same specifications as a professional field. SYNLawn brought in US Greentech on this project by installing over 3 full tractor trailers of Envirofill. The result as you can see from the photos is a First-Class project for a 21st Century city.

Indiana Hoosiers and visiting guests will experience sports like never before at the Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience. The emphasis word here is HEALTH!

Invigorating, enticing, adrenaline-pumping, and legendary—with every single step. With 12 outside sports experiences and 3 indoor exhibits encompassing physical fitness and awe-inspiring sports history, you won’t want to miss the AWESOME experience of The Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience.

This new model of health and fitness is a permanent addition to The Children's Museum complex, making the museum bigger and better than ever before. The Museum and the community at large are committed to expanding the definition of fun. They are committed to health and exercise to be a part of the entire experience. Healthy minds and healthy bodies make for a healthy future and this Sport's Experience is on the cutting edge of that commitment.

The museum will be offering several methods of entry ensuring that all residents can enjoy and benefit from this one-of-a-kind EXPERIENCE! Local area news casts as well as nation-wide news casts will be picking up the news feeds as they are available before and long after the opening date which is March 16, 2018. We are so very honored to have played a significant role in this project. 


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