23 Jun
Recycled Playgrounds from Around the World
Posted by Elizabeth Moreno

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Playground Ideas has partnered with communities, individuals, and organizations in over 85 countries to build playgrounds from local materials, tools, and skills. In many of the communities where our play partners work, manufactured playground equipment cannot be sourced locally or is extremely expensive. We’ve had the privilege of working with tremendously talented designers, builders, and makers who have transformed recycled materials into amazing spaces for play. Check out a few of our favorite recycled playgrounds from around the world:

Papua New Guinea – Playground Ideas partnered with a local school to build this recycled playground, which utilized many used tires. These giant swings were made from cut up truck tires and tread and can accommodate many children at once. Check out more photos of the Papua New Guinea playground. 


Guatemala – Global Play Alliance partner Ancris Cabezas built this amazing recycled playground to look like a giant T-Rex. The kids even came up with the design themselves! Check out this video of how they brought their dream to life.


Check out this video of how they brought their dream to life:

Mexico – Global Play Alliance partner Rise-Now built this recycled playground tire dragon on a site in Mexico. The design was inspired by legendary playground builder Jimmy Jolley. 


Vietnam – Global Play Alliance parter Think Playgrounds constructed this recycled playground using recycled wooden pallets. 


Kenya – We partnered with a local primary school in Kenya to build a recycled playground which featured a giant see-saw aeroplane! Get the DIY plans to build your own recycled aeroplane playground element. 


Ready to build a recycled playground in your community? Click here to sign up for a free Playground Ideas account and you’ll get access to over 150 DIY playground designs, a library of how-to handbooks, and our 3D Drag & Drop design tool.

Recycled Playgrounds from Around the World