Good news: Playgrounds that work hard, too

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Brooklyn, New York City
Jump for joy! New playgrounds are open in Brooklyn.
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Andrew Federman

In Brooklyn, kids are celebrating the opening of three more brand-new, custom-built playgrounds—the latest of more than 150 created for New York City public schools with help from The Trust for Public Land. The dramatic transformations at P.S. 261, P.S. 218, and P.S. 65 now serve more than 1,000 students and their families, as well as neighbors who can use the new facilities when school’s out for the day. 

Students celebrate new park opening at P.S. 261 in Brooklyn
Students at P.S. 261 in Brooklyn celebrate their new playground
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Pedro Diez

Designed by The Trust for Public Land, with plenty of input from the students themselves, the playgrounds include recess-friendly play equipment and lots of room to run (or hopscotch, or jump-rope ... ). But they’ve got a hardworking side, too: green features like garden areas and porous pavement help the sites capture stormwater before it flows into the city's overworked sewer system. This kind of "green infrastructure" helps protect the neighborhood from flooding—and it’s much more fun than bare asphalt.

P.S. 261, Brooklyn
The new garden area at P.S. 261.
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Pedro Diez

Want to learn more about how park and playgrounds can help cities cope with extreme weather? Check out “Shelter from the Storm” in the water issue of Land&People magazine, or watch the animated short below.

 

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