The idea of a community or public playground is about creating an accessible recreational space for all. However, in many cases, initiating a playground project might fail due to insufficient funds or regulations/restrictions. The first challenge is largely to set the project in motion and, most importantly, get the community’s positive reception and, if possible, its involvement, thus ensuring the project’s success and sustainability.

While playground development safety standards must be respected, the design needn’t be too elaborate, as the space will eventually take whatever shape the children imagine and make it. Still, when evaluating many recent playground projects, they often involve substantial landscaping efforts/costs and implementation of sports flooring and state-of-the-art equipment. The latter and other usual practices are not always attainable in some marginalized communities that would most benefit from having available and safe recreational spaces for their youth.

Through the following listed projects, we delve into some architect’s processes to build truly sustainable and democratic playgrounds in various regions of the world.

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