Imagination Playground

The Daily Plant : Thursday, June 17, 2010

Parks & Recreation to Launch Imagination Playground Tour throughout NYC Boroughs this Summer

Photo by Daniel Avila

Series of Pop-Up Imagination Playgrounds Designed by Architect David Rockwell will be a Teaser for the Flagship Imagination Playground Opening in Late July at Burling Slip

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce an Imagination Playground tour throughout New York City’s five boroughs. On weekends this June and July the Pop-Up playground will appear in anticipation of the grand opening of the city’s flagship Imagination Playground ( in late July 2010 at Burling Slip by the South Street Seaport. All sites will be free and open to the public between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Imagination Playground is a breakthrough playspace concept conceived and designed by architect David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play. With a focus on loose parts, Imagination Playground offers a changing array of elements that allow children to constantly reconfigure their environment. At five sites over five different weekends, children across New York City will have a chance to play with Imagination Playground’s loose parts, such as blue foam blocks, mats, wagons, fabric and crates.

“Opening later this summer at Burling Slip, Imagination Playground is a one-of-a-kind concept in playground innovation, allowing children to exercise their minds, as well as their bodies,” said Adrian Benepe, Commissioner of New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. “In anticipation of its debut at the South Street Seaport site, children from throughout the five boroughs will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to the playground’s signature elements. Thanks to our partnership with the Rockwell Group, Imagination Playground furthers our commitment to bring the latest in design and creative play to New York City’s playgrounds.”

“We are so thrilled to bring the concept of Imagination Playground to children in all areas of New York this summer,” said David Rockwell, Founder and CEO of Rockwell Group. “We hope that this will make children and families across the boroughs as excited as we are about the opening of the flagship Imagination Playground at Burling Slip.”

Imagination Playground Loose Parts will pop up in the following locations this summer:

Saturday June 19 & Sunday June 20: Bloomingdale Park (Staten Island)

Saturday June 26 & Sunday June 27: Playground for all Children, Pelham Bay Park (Bronx)

Saturday July 10 & Sunday July 11: Yellowstone Playground (Queens)

Saturday July 17 & Sunday July 18:
Carl Schurz Park Playground (Manhattan)

Saturday July 24 & Sunday July 25:
Pierrepont Playground (Brooklyn)

The Imagination Playground at Burling Slip is the first realization of David Rockwell’s 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. Rockwell Group partnered with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to create this flagship Imagination Playground in lower Manhattan as part of a public/private collaboration.

Rockwell Group has partnered with KaBOOM!, the leading national non-profit organization dedicated to bringing play to kids everywhere, to roll out the play value concept of Imagination Playground to communities across the country. Because of this partnership, the semi-mobile version of Imagination Playground in a Box is now available to children in a variety of locations throughout the United States.

To see a video about Imagination Playground’s Loose Parts, visit


“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”

George Bernard Shaw

Park Information

  • Imagination Playground, July 27, 2010
  • Imagination Playground, July 27, 2010
  • Imagination Playground, July 27, 2010
  • Imagination Playground, July 27, 2010
  • Imagination Playground, July 27, 2010

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