Millshot Close Playscape, Hammersmith, Groundwork London

See recently on a visit to London, this gentle, hilly playscape with with artisan-carved additions for turtles and fish.  Billed as a community space rather than explicitly a playground, this simple intervention provides great play and picnic value in a small, gardenesque space:  a much better choice than installing ugly safety surfacing and a set of poles and platforms equipment.  Remember that the best place to begin any small play installation is with a hill:  playgroundsshouldnotbeflat!   This playscape is fenced, which I generally oppose, but its position along the Thames and the need to keep the area free from dogs make fencing a reasonable choice here.   By Groundwork London.  More from London in the next few posts, and see other turtle-hills in this past post.

2 Responses to “Millshot Close Playscape, Hammersmith, Groundwork London”

  1. Paige Johnson said:

    Yes. For a good example of this, see the “Nature Exploration Area” at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. http://www.play-scapes.com/play-design/natural-playgrounds/donald-and-barbara-zucker-natural-exploration-area-prospect-park-alliance-brooklyn-new-york-2013/

    September 04, 2015 at 3:06 pm

  2. Bob Meihaus said:

    Good lesson for the Nature movement in children’s play environments. Do not call or categorize these areas as Children’s Playgrounds. Call them anything you want, Community Space, Nature Discovery Area, Etc.. Keeping the word play out of your description may help to defer any issues with the absence of Safety Guidelines or Standards for this type of area.

    September 04, 2015 at 11:57 am

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