2013 Greenbuild Legacy Project
Please come out to Smith Memorial Playground and attend the Greenbuild 2013 Legacy Project Celebration! The event is free and you can register here!
Smith Memorial Playground and Public Workshop partnered on the 2013 Greenbuild Legacy Project to create a youth-built “Adventure Playground” at Smith’s historic facility in East Fairmount Park. Visited by a diverse audience of over 180,000 people per year, this project will challenge commonly held conceptions of risk, play, sustainability education and the role that young adults play in the design of their cities.
The project unites Public Workshop’s visionary work and experience leading youth to rethink possibility through design challenges with Smith’s long tradition of advocating for and providing opportunities for physical and imaginative play for children 10 and younger. Working together, the two organizations convened hundreds of youth from the Philadelphia area to design and build a new “Adventure Playground” in an underused space on Smith’s 6.5-acre site. The youth-led collaboration resulted in a series of interactive outdoor maker spaces and structures that provide opportunities for sustainable, creative play. The spaces will include “loose parts” for children to be able to continuously build and re-imagine their own adventure through material and site exploration. Work on the project began in early 2013 to build community buy in; participating youth worked through the summer to explore, dream, design and build the project. The grand opening and dedication of the new installation will coincide with Greenbuild 2013.
The Delaware Valley Green Building Council’s Legacy Project Committee selected this project from a pool of 30 applications to receive over $16,000 in funding from the US Green Building Council. The project at Smith Memorial Playground met several goals of the committee including the ability to visibly reflect and relate to sustainability, offer an educational aspect, serve as a model for future projects, and serve low income groups. The outdoor playspaces at Smith are open to the public from Tuesdays-Sundays April through September and Saturdays- Sundays October through December. Greenbuild visitors may also visit the site as part of a full-day green building tour on Saturday 11/23/13, TS02: Connecting Families to Nature: Zoos, Arboretums, and Playgrounds.