FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Communications & Program Development Manager
October 1, 2015
Melbourne, Australia – Global nonprofit Playground Ideas has equipped more than 950 schools and communities in impoverished places around the world to build stimulating play spaces with only local materials, giving over 450,000 children access to play. On September 30, Playground Ideas launched its new website, a from-the-ground-up rebuild of how they work.
Playgroundideas.org is a open-source hub of DIY playground design and a global network of play advocates. The site hosts over 150 playground element designs with step-by-step building instructions, a suite of playground building manuals including a pictorial representation of international safety standards, and a database of playground projects around the world. The new site allows users to crowdfund for their projects directly on the site. In addition, the new site hosts a library of play advocacy resources, highlighting the importance of play for healthy child development, and the potential of early play experiences to break cycles of poverty. In the coming weeks, the Playground Ideas will be releasing two new manuals and a groundbreaking research report on the long term impacts of play.
Playground Ideas began in 2007, when founder Marcus Veerman was asked to build a playground in Thailand. Over the course of 2 years a group of volunteers, builders, and artists constructed 40 playgrounds along the Thai-Burma border. They began documenting their designs and best practices online, and playgroundideas.org was born.
About Playground Ideas: Playground Ideas is an Australian non-profit organisation that equips anyone, anywhere to build a stimulating space for play using only local materials, tools, and labor. For more information, please visit www.playgroundideas.org or @playgroundideas on facebook, twitter, and instagram.
|Playground Ideas Founder, Marcus Veerman here with a very exciting announcement:
Two Peace Corps volunteers and some old tires sparked a word-of-mouth wave of DIY playgrounds in North Africa.
By Elizabeth Moreno
Bouarfa, Morocco was not what Josh Jentzsch had in mind when he signed up for the Peace Corps. “It’s cold,” he told me over a crackling Skype connection. Dry, barren, empty, and rural. “It kind of looks like Mars.”
Throughout orientation he heard tales from experienced volunteers who had organized youth camps, lead workshops, facilitated trainings, and spearheaded transformational development projects. Anything seemed possible. And then Josh left orientation in the capital and landed in Bouarfa.