Congratulations to Playscapes friend Alex Gilliam and his Building Hero Project for their recent PBS/Edutopia feature. In conjunction with Smith Memorial Playground, the leadership of the Building Hero Project–a young adult community design leadership program for 16 through 26 year olds–engaged numerous community organizations, hundreds of kids, parents and other volunteers from all walks of life in Philadelphia to design and build “an absolutely one-of-a-kind ‘loose parts’ play space where kids can ‘Build Their Own Adventure‘. Created over the span of a month, the project engaged numerous community organizations, hundreds of kids, parents and other volunteers from all walks of life in Philadelphia in the designing and building of the space. In many cases this meant children and adults got to swing hammers, pour concrete or even play in the dirt for the very first time in their lives. Needless to say, the number of temper tantrums from young children who didn’t want to stop building were in the hundreds.”
Hooray for the Building Heroes! Read more at Alex’s Public Workshop site.