Natural Playgrounds


Radio Boston, Natural Playgrounds

Very happy to be on RadioBoston yesterday with Ruth Graham to discuss natural playgrounds…you can listen here!


Painted Logs for Natural Playscapes...

Nice way to add color to the natural playscape…targeted logs by Jacob Dahlgren My Ekman. [source]

Living Willow Pirate Ship, Harlow C...

Pirate ships are overdone on the playground but I love this ghostly woven willow version by Phil Bradley, at Harlow - Read the rest...

Reclaimed Trees for the Maggie Dale...

Reclaimed trees for the new Maggie Daley Park Play Garden in Chicago, drying off for installation later this year…I look - Read the rest...

Swings Should be Arbors

  So I’m working on an article about ‘accessible’ playgrounds in which this site, the Rusk Children’s PlayGarden for Interactive - Read the rest...

A Treed House of Play (from scraps!...

Treehouses in botanical gardens typically, and appropriately, defer to the tree; refusing to damage it with traditional elevated designs. So - Read the rest...

The Swing at the End of the World, ...

The Swing at the End of the World rewards hikers that make it to La Casa del Árbol (The Treehouse), - Read the rest...

I like the logs leaning against the rock wall of this natural-ish playground in Breton Woods, New Hampshire…interesting way to - Read the rest...

Kagome Sandpit, PPAG Architects, V...

The idea for this wonderful combination of willow weaving and sandpit came when PPAG realized that the Museum Quarter’s request - Read the rest...

The $11,600 Adventure Playground at...

The story of this playground begins with a description of what could be a city park most anywhere: 14 acres, - Read the rest...

Donald and Barbara Zucker Natural E...

So when I visited the new ‘Natural Exploration’ Area at Prospect Park in Brooklyn I kept thinking about my first posts - Read the rest...

Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Eliz...

In the shadow of Anish Kapoor’s..umm…’thing’ (the Eiffel Tower with body dysmorphia) is a much nicer construct: the new Olympic - Read the rest...

Natural Playground Ideas from Earth...

Whew…after many international flights and a broken laptop I am at last back to blogging! And before we leave Earthscapes - Read the rest...

Playhouse made from Recycled Doors,...

Earthscape, natural play-makers in Toronto, Canada, have designed this playhouse from recycled doors as part of a small natural play - Read the rest...

Pocket Playscape for Supervised Vis...

Another one of the very early features on Playscapes–back when a google search for ‘natural playgrounds’ turned up about three - Read the rest...

Tactile Paths from New Zealand

Thanks to reader Lynn for letting me know that in New Zealand they refer to barefoot paths as ‘tactile paths’ - Read the rest...

The Barefoot walk at Trentham, Stok...

When the barefoot walk at the Trentham estate in Staffordshire was installed in 2008 it was England’s first and only, and - Read the rest...

Barefoot Parks and Sensation Paths

Continuing my musings on this idea of play-as-path and path-as-play…there is no better example of this in the ‘natural play’ - Read the rest...

Stump Seesaws

If you noticed the seesaw made from stumps in the video of the Vancouver playscapes, see also a self-constructed version - Read the rest...

Untersbergstraße Playground, Munic...

Playscapes’ friend Lianne sent through this climbing thicket in Munich German as a follow-on to the Florian Aigner post; she - Read the rest...

Spielplatz vs. Playground

One of the comments about the “House on a Hill” playscape from Germany was that it didn’t meet US safety - Read the rest...

The House on a Hill playscape: les...

I’ve long admired this small-town playground by German landscape architect Stefan Laport for the lessons it holds for small playgrounds - Read the rest...