Thanks to S. Hill for passing along a thoughtful note asking us to take a look at some inspirational playgrounds that are being designed all over the world. Of course there is something to be said for the traditional ‘swing and slide’ styles that we are still building in Buffalo – there will always be places for the oldies but goodies. At the same time, as we are trying to reinvent parts of the city such as Canalside where historic Military objects are commonplace, maybe there is room for a kids’ draw that looks something like, say, an airplane? Or the Larkin District where creative ideas are running rampant.
There is a big push to get a children’s museum downtown, and I’m all for the concept – the bigger the better. While a museum would be an incredible addition to the city’s landscape, playgrounds will always be easy to access and free. Kids’ imaginations are endless. As TV and video games vie for the attention of their minds, playground manufacturers are coming up with some ingenious concepts in order to draw kids back outside.
To see an image gallery and learn more about the the playgrounds of tomorrow, click on this PopSci article.