Adventure Playground

Published June 19, 2009 by Molly


I’m not one to casually diss institutions devoted to fun, but there is an inherent problem with playgrounds, which is that they are static. There is a limit to the amount of fun that can be had on an unchanging set of slides, swings, and ladders. Once you’ve monkeyed around and devised some imaginary games (robbers, pirates), the jig is pretty much up.

Unless you happen to be at Berkeley’s Adventure Playground, where the facility consists of a never-ending kid-constructed fortress. Tools, paints and nails are readily available for those kids who want to build or add on to the numerous forts, towers and thingamajigs on the grounds. Those who prefer a low-key play experience can ride the zip-line or simply admire the creations of their peers.


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One comment so far

  1. Daniel says:

    Dude, Molly – you’ve made my day. I *love* Adventure Playgrounds. You’re right – playgrounds just are so inherently the antithesis of play. Luckily kids are always great at subverting (”misusing”) the fixed equipment at traditional playgrounds, but really, Adventure Playgrounds are so much more in line with what kids need – much more in line with the real nature of play.

    Haven’t been to Berkeley’s Adventure Playground, but heard it’s awesome. Did you take those photos?