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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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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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Now and then I hope to post pictures of playgrounds I have visited from home as well as from abroad. I really enjoyed seeing different playgrounds overseas and I think it will be really interesting to compare them to ones at home.

I visited Stockholm in July 2011, and particularly loved this playground that I stumbled on in Vasastaden. Vasaparken itself was a fantastic park, full of endless activities with putt putt golf, a cafe and a playing field that turns into a an Ice Rink in Winter. I think the playground is beginning to show its age especially in the rubber wetpour, but the modern and traditional play elements still allow it to be a really functional and playful space.

 

The Landscpae Architects Grontmij won the prestigious Sienapriset award for the park in 2008.


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For the first post for play by philippa, I am going to start by posting a play structure that everyone just looks at in awe and says “Man! I wish I had that growing up.” Designed by Berlin-based ANNABAU Architektur und Landschaft . The entire structure composes of two elements. The outer element is a ‘multi-layered loop’ of suspended net and climbing elements supported by continuous stainless steel piping. The inner element is an arrangement of Rubber mounds allowing play of all types.

You can view more photos and plans of the structure at ANNABAU Architektur und Landschaft.

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