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The Sprawling Playground

NY Parks Dept. playground designer Alexander Hart using his creation.

NY Parks Dept. playground designer Alexander Hart using his creation.

A new playground opened recently in New York City’s Morningside Park that attempts to provide lower play spaces that won’t hurt children when they fall while still providing challenge and fun. Here’s an excerpt from the NY Times article describing it:

The jungle gym itself sprawls over a chunk of a block, with the younger and the older children’s play areas connected by a three-rung ladder toddlers couldn’t climb. The play space has wheels at various heights that children can drive to nowhere, a small climbing wall, and an endless number of stairs to satisfy the urge that small people inevitably have to gain serious height.

The article goes on to describe that the sightlines of the $2 million playground aren’t the greatest — kids can become hidden in its large area — but that parents have seemed to adjust and learned to like it. The spot is popular, as one babysitter noted, “This is one of the more elaborate playgrounds I’ve seen, in a challenging way. But it’s fun — it’s a workout.”

One Response

  1. It is a great move. Having low play spaces would prevent injuries. The park is very popular among kids because of the playgrounds. I applaud the decision.

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