Imagination Playground, Children’s creativity running wild

Photo: Frank Oudeman

Imagination Playground is a breakthrough playspace concept designed pro-bono by David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play. With a focus on loose parts, Imagination Playground offers a changing array of elements that allows children to constantly reconfigure their environment and to design their own course of play. Giant foam blocks, mats, wagons, fabric and crates overflow with creative potential for children to play, dream, build and explore endless possibilities.

Photo: Frank Oudeman

Photo: Frank Oudeman

Imagination Playground is available in a variety of ways, including Imagination Playground Parks and Imagination Playground in a Box:

Imagination Playground Parks is a site-specific park concept that can be designed and conditioned for any place or community, and includes a full set of Imagination Playground Loose Parts and a sculpted landscape, as well as sand and water installations. After five years of research, development, focus groups and testing, the flagship Imagination Playground Park at Burling Slip opened in July 2010, realized by Rockwell Group in collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Rockwell Group has partnered with KaBOOM!, the leading national non-profit organization dedicated to bringing play to kids everywhere, to bring Imagination Playground in a Box to communities across the country. The “In a Box” model is a kit of parts suitable for a variety of outdoor and indoor sites. It offers an easy-to-install, cost-effective means to offer their children opportunities for unstructured, free play. The sets include a sturdy storage unit on wheels, Imagination Playground Blocks, and a starter kit of found parts. Imagination Playground in a Box can be used on its own or as an addition to an existing playspace.

Photo: Frank Oudeman

Photo: Frank Oudeman
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