NYC Playgrounds from above

A designers intent is not always clear or evident from the ground. For playgrounds that may be even more true to the children the space was designed for. I’ve always thought about how designs transfer from the drawing board to the real world. Clearly some work and some do not. The reasons behind success and failure vary greatly. What is clear to us seeing these from above is that NYC possess some very interesting playgrounds.

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There is certainly the intent to teach. I found five playgounds teaching geography with maps of the USA. There were others with the letters of the alphabet as an educational embellishment. While still other playgrounds pay homage to their surroundings (whale). Hopefully the playgrounds are successful and enjoyed by those they were intended to serve. Below is a sampling of a few. Use NYCityMap to locate these and perhaps uncover other gems throughout the City. Gladly most are more interesting from the ground…

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