A playground is a cross-generational neighborhood essential where toddlers learn about balance, teenagers awkwardly coexist and old folks play chess. We consider the role these structures play in both our childhood development and social interactions.
Much like a swirly cone of soft-serve or a book by Roald Dahl, a good playground’s whimsy delights at any age. As the destination of the weekday post-dinner amble and the Saturday settle-in alike, playgrounds acknowledge the value of the small daily pleasures that make neighborhoods feel like home. Although playgrounds have nooks, quirks and specific daisy constellations that make them unique, their basic components are near universal: the sound of collective giggles, the metallic smell that swing-set chains leave
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