April 2010 Blog Posts (7)

Grand Use of Ground

I love this small play area in Peckwater Estates, a housing project in London. This little area is my favorite part. What a great place for kids to hang out and talk for hours. Notice the way it is nestled into the ground.

They did a great job of working the ground in this play area. It adds so much interest and dimension (literally) to the space. The blue in the back left are trees. The arc on the left is a swing.…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 24, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Parkour in the Park

Recently, play authority and author Tim Gill graciously spent a day taking me around various playgrounds in London.

Here we visit a playspace in the Maiden Lane Estates in Camden. I love the use of the felled logs for climbing.

These pieces are loosely…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 24, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Coal Yard Turned Nature Preserve in the Heart of London

Camley Street Natural Park is an acclaimed nature preserve alongside Regent's Canal in the King's Cross area of London.

Camley is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It was once a coal yard and is now a beautiful, natural…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 24, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Princess Diana Memorial Playground in London

This is such a beautifully designed playground. I was struck by the peaceful use of landscaping.

The playground is divided up into multiple areas, almost like rooms. It gives such a sense of intimacy to what is really a large space.

The playground is based on the story of Peter Pan and this lovely old carved log has a real fairy tale feel to…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 19, 2010 at 9:35am — No Comments

One Big Playable Painting

Glamis Adventure Playground in London is like one amazing playable painting. I've never seen anything like it. Many more pictures to come!

Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 19, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Great American Backyard Campout

It's coming! June 26, 2010 is The Great American Backyard Campout and it will be here before you know iti! Every year thousands of people camp out on the same night. Click on the link to see all the great ideas that the National Wildlife Federation has for you.

Camp out, cook out, smore's under the stars! Scary…

Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 12, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

You Want Baby Einstein? Back Off and Let Your Child Play

Remember when you or your wife was pregnant and it seemed that everybody else in the world was pregnant, too? Right now, it seems to me that everybody is writing and reporting on the same thing: quit pushing your kids so hard, let them play and they'll learn more. But, are we getting the message?

There was a piece on Nightline titled, "…

Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 3, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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