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Adventure Playgrounds & Mutli-Use Destinations

Adventure Playgrounds & Mutli-Use Destinations | green streets | Scoop.it

There has been a recent burst of interest in adventure playgrounds, which “depend on ‘loose parts,’ such as water, sand, balls, and other manipulable materials.” Thoughtful articles from The Guardian‘s Justin McGuirk, Kill Screen‘s Yannick LeJacq, and Cabinet magazine’s James Trainor have each explored the history of this movement within the past couple of months, revisiting everything from Aldo van Eyck’s work in Amsterdam following WWII, to the unique cast of characters behind the surge of interest in London and New York in the 1960s.

To see so much solid new writing on this subject should be encouraging to anyone who hopes to see kids playing amidst wood chips again. Unstructured play is having a moment, and moments are meant to be capitalized on.

 

Cities are where us “grown-ups” play at leading meaningful and enjoyable lives, so it may be helpful (if anecdotal) to think of playgrounds as the staging areas for the cities of tomorrow. If we want to live in siloed cities, with offices here, houses there, and all quarters safely demarcated by wide arterial roads, we should probably go right on ahead building playgrounds where the slides and plastic tic-tac-toes cower away from each other. But if we want bustling, creative cities full of the surprise and serendipity that makes urban life so enjoyable, we might want to start thinking about playgrounds as microcosmic multi-use destinations...

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Donna Sharp's comment, July 26, 2012 3:25 AM
I think that the idea of adventure playgrounds is a wonderful idea; I even think that my two little boys would have the time of their lives there but I also think that there is a time and place for playgrounds of this type. I do not think that school yard playgrounds should be fully converted to such because the schools and districts first need to think about the children’s safety and it would be implausible to have enough adult supervision during recess.
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Blaxland Riverside Park by JMD Design

Blaxland Riverside Park by JMD Design | green streets | Scoop.it

JMD Design have completed the Blaxland Riverside Park in Sydney, Australia.

The new playground makes extensive use of landform to house a variety of play experiences and elements that caters for the entire family. The landform extends some 300 metres from the Giant swing to the Tonkin Zulaikha Greer designed kiosk. Nestled into dramatic cuts in the landform are tunnel slides, embankment slides, a climbing net, flying fox, sand pit, and a waterplay disc that houses 170 jets. These are programmed to create tunnels, enclosures, lines and spots of water that are at times gentle, at times boisterous. A 12 metres high treehouse overlooks the entire playground and gives long views along the Parramatta River. The highly popular playground is serviced by a new JMD designed extension to the carpark and a Tonkin Zulaikha Greer designed amenities block...

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