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Letting Children Create Their Own Play

Water & Play: Just Try to Drag Them Away

Part of the interactive playscape at Darling Park, Sydney Australia by Aspect Studios

This what I’m talking about!  Creating parks that draw children in and capture their imaginations for hours on end through endless movement, experimentation and, what the designers of Dalring Park call, “acceptable risk taking.” (FastCo. Design)

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Can you think of anywhere in your community where some innovation & inspiration is needed?

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NOTE: Traverse City is no Sydney Australia and we won’t be matching this output on our waterfront. However, part of the goal from the 2010 planning process was capturing the essence of creating play through out the entire project, namely at Clinch Park. We do this through great design. 

For more inspiration:

  1. Marya
    November 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Let’s consider allowing the land (or at least part of it) to heal itself, and watching the transformation back to nature.

  2. Marya
    November 30, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    The Venice Beach model is another idea. Up from the beach is a long line of local craftspeople and musicians proffering their wares and talents. Venice Beach is one of the listings in the “Top 100” file.

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