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Imagination Playground, Manhattan - Reclaimed Teak Decking

Imagination Playground is an innovative, state-of-the-art venture between superstar designer David Rockwell, The City of New York and others.

Built at the old cargo unloading area at Burlington Slip in Manhattan's South Seaport, the site is reminiscent of a ship's deck, complete with reclaimed teak decking supplied by TerraMai. Other features include a crow's nest, masts, a sand pit and a water feature built for play.

The playground includes no other fixed equipment, and instead features what child play experts call 'loose parts'. ;

 


New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and designer David Rockwell.
Photo: The New York Times. Click image to see more photos.

These include wooden wheelbarrows, plastic barrels, small car tires and most prominently, an array of large tinter-toy like foam blocks and pieces that can be used to build structures and endless other creations. 

The project has generated considerable buzz among the design community, as well as among the child development community and municipalities throughout the U.S. and abroad.

TerraMai's Andy Kjellgren, with designer David Rockwell at the playgound's opening ceremony event. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg addresses the crowd at the playground's dedication ceremony, with designer David Rockwell in the background.

Read coverage of the project by The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe New YorkerTime MagazineFast Company and more.