Imagination playground, Burling Slip, New York, USA

Imagination Playground Parks is a site-specific park concept that can be designed and conditioned for any place or community, and includes a full set of Imagination Playground Loose Parts and a sculpted landscape, as well as sand and water installations. The first Imagination Playground Park opened to the public on July 27, 2010, at Burling Slip in the South Street Seaport area of New York City, a collaboration between the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and Rockwell Group.

Features of this site-specific park include: a ramp, sandpit, slide, cascading water channel, rope climbing structure, masts and pulleys, and a listening forest. Inspired by the commercial activity that took place at historic Burling Slip, loose parts such as burlap bags, buckets, shovels, brooms, carts and fabric are to be incorporated within the play activities. And to reflect the proximity to the East River, buckets, sandbags and wooden dams have been integrated into the water play. Seating and storytelling can happen in the tiered steps of the amphitheater.

Project Credits
Designer: Rockwell Group
Image Credits: Frank Oudeman