6 of the World’s Coolest Green Playgrounds

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1. Rainwater-Capturing Playgrounds, New York City

NYC has a wastewater problem. If just an inch of rain falls across the city, it’s enough to overwhelm the sewer system, risking contamination of streets and waterways with overflow. As part of a green solution to this problem, the Department of Environmental Protection teamed up with the Trust for Public Land to create unique water run-off solutions inside 10 new playgrounds throughout the city. Instead of being covered in asphalt, the public play areas now feature “the latest in rainwater capturing tools, including barrels, raised gardens, porous pavement, and underground storage layers,” wrote Molly Cotter for Inhabitat. Look for the unique playgrounds in Newton Creek, Gowanus Canal, and Jamaica Bay.

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2. Kilburn Grange Adventure Play Park, London

Much like the playground I remember from childhood, this wonderland built by Erect Architecture features a series of outdoor rooms, towers, and climbing structures. It’s set among the remains of a Victorian Arboretum, and as such, much of the park’s theme has to do with exploring and enjoying trees. The structures feature recycled doors, lots of untreated tree parts, and naturally placed boulders. It also “includes a vegetable garden, an orchard with fruit trees, and ‘mountains’ of steep escarpments adjacent to a safeguarded bonfire area,” writes Susan DeFreitas for EarthTechling.

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Superuse Studios (Image © Allard van der Hoek, Jos de Krieger/2012Architecten)

3. Upcycled Wind Turbine Playground, Netherlands

Everyone gets excited about a new wind turbine, but we rarely stop to think about what happens when one reaches the end of its life cycle. In the Netherlands, a country long-known for its ability to harness the wind, one creative firm decided that the blades and tower of a spent wind turbine deserved a better fate than the landfill. The Wikado playground, designed by Rotterdam-based architectural firm Superuse Studios, uses five discarded rotor blades to create a playground full of mazes, tunnels, towers and slides that just beg to be played on.

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One Response to “6 of the World’s Coolest Green Playgrounds”

  1. playmapjp says:

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