New York ‘Junk’ Inspires Kids to Play

New York ‘Junk’ Inspires Kids to Play
A new project in the heart of New York City is demonstrating that the mainly European tradition of adventure playgrounds, currently facing big challenges in the UK and elsewhere, as austerity bites, have enduring popularity wherever there are towns, cities and people with the vision to make space for them.

Believing that “New York children need more access to trash, detritus, and junk as tools for play”, this May the local non-profit organization that opened a 50,000 square-foot junk playground on Governors Island last summer, returns for a second year of free weekend play and a summer camp. Last year, says the charity, nearly 3,000 children enjoyed using discarded materials with hand tools to build, destroy, and play with as they wished.
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