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Well Happy 2012! I know that it has been a while since my last post and I know going overseas and having an awesome time is absolutely no excuse. But since you asked, I spent my holiday in Fernie, Bristish Columbia, and while there I did make sure to pay attention to the outside play opportunities in the town. Fernie, including it’s playgrounds spends most of winter under snow, I was most impressed however by an amazing local tree house I saw and a very Canadian backyard equipped with ice rink, rock climbing wall, tube slide and Tyre swing – lucky kids.

During a day trip into Montana, I managed to take a couple of snaps of the Russell School Adventureland Playground in Kalispel. This crazy wooden playground included play elements such as a wooden rocket and T – Rex slide. I am so glad we stopped to take a photos of this one as it’s an absolute beauty and definitely not the standard ‘off the shelf’ playground. Thankyou to Dana  at Calgary Playground Review  for the extra photos.


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Earlier this year I made an effort to visit the Kolle 37 Adventure Playground in the district of Prenzlauer Berg while in Berlin. After speaking with one of the ‘educators’ I learnt the Playground was founded over 20 years ago with children free to roam in and out of the playground when they please. ‘Educators’ maintain the playground’s safety and encourage children’s development in play and experimentation by providing interesting spaces inspired by the elements, such as the supervised fire, the adventure fort, the sand pit, the water fountain and “The Hut”.

The Kolle 37 Adventure Playground is modeled on 5 Basic Key Principles: 1. Creates Conditions, 2. Openness, 3. Care, 4. Participation and 5. Community Orientation.

What I liked best about the playground is that the Children or Adolescent users of the space are not viewed “as objects of adult guardianship, but as equal human beings” with an opportunity to determine their own play experience.

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I recently visited  the Manly Vale Community Garden on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and really loved it. There was a true spirit to the garden and the involvement and commitment by the community could be seen in the beautifully kept veggie patches and the small orchard. Children were playing on all play equipment pieces especially liking the rockers and the double mound slide. I personally enjoyed the basket swing and just overall relaxing in the space.

The Manly Vale Community Garden blog has further information about the garden, becoming a member, as well classes and events on organic gardening. So get gardening, oh and playing of course!

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