2010-07-14 / Front Page

Imagination Playground Visits Queens

By Cristina Guarino

Children put together their own playground experiences at Imagination Playground in Yellowstone Playground in Forest Hills July 10.Children put together their own playground experiences at Imagination Playground in Yellowstone Playground in Forest Hills July 10.Children and parents gathered at the Yellowstone Playground in Forest Hills on July 10 to join in the Imagination Playground demonstration.

Imagination Playground, according to the organization’s Web site, is “a breakthrough playspace concept conceived and designed by architect David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play”.

The concept consists of several blue foam blocks that come in an assortment of shapes and sizes, and small sand and water pools. Children use the blocks and pools to build their own playground experience. The aim is to increase and encourage creativity in children, as well as bring children in local parks together and teach them to work with one another.

Imagination Playground is traveling across the city this summer in what is known as its “Pop-Up Tour”, visiting one park in each borough to demonstrate the new idea. At the Yellowstone Playground demonstration, children were treated to the trademark Imagination Playground experience as well as face-painting, lanyard arts and crafts and games.

The main Imagination Playground park will open in Burling Slip in Manhattan sometime in late July. The park will be complete with the organization’s blue loose block parts, sand and water installations, storytelling and other types of creative entertainment for children. It is a collaboration between the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the Rockwell Group.

More information as well as a video tour is available at the organization’s Web site, www.imaginationplayground.org.
 

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