Our final grant of 2018 has been awarded to play:groundNYC, New York City's adventure playground organization. While they're planning on returning to Governors Island in the spring, our grant will be used to run two pilot mobile pop-ups in small parks and playgrounds in Brooklyn and Queens in the spring of 2019 to help show the NYC Parks Department that the time is right to bring adventure play to parks all over the city!
play:ground will reopen The Yard, NYC's only adventure playground on Governors Island in May 2019. Our amazing play lot boasts 50,000 square feet of space in which we supply young people with materials for building, exploring, digging, imagining and destroying. Expect to find hammers and saws, paint, tires, wood, fabric, loose parts and more for risky play. We are open rain or shine! Expect your child to get messy! Our summer camp kicks off in June, and field trips for school groups are available throughout the season. You can also find us at pop-up play days across the city (check out website for updates) and coming soon… mobile play:ground! We bring the playground to your neighborhood for more play for all kids in all communities across the city.
Mobile play:ground is a unique opportunity for our public spaces to be animated by and for the city’s children, in partnership with the NYC Parks Department, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Children’s Environments Research Group and others, and in collaboration with parents, educators and community leaders. Some of the parks we aim to animate are small public spaces with minimal rooted play equipment; some may be under-utilized, or only used by specific groups, so not inclusive. Mobile play:ground will increase the use of neighborhood parks and gardens for all community residents, increasing play provision, and building inclusive spaces designed and democratized by children.
Funded by New York City, NY (December 2018)