i mostly prefer old to new; old buildings, old playgrounds… but one of my favorite playgrounds in brooklyn is the new pier 6 park on the waterfront. it’s hidden from the street and you meander down pathways filled with native plants to reach the different play areas that are so well designed. over the weekend, i finally went the hidden manhattan playground that joanna posted, and loved it too. curious about the architect, which seemed to be the same for both parks, i looked online and found michael van valkenburgh associates.
from the pier 6 website:
The majority of materials used in the playgrounds are sustainably harvested or recycled. Wooden equipment is chosen in many instances because of its tactile qualities, including its neutral reaction to the extreme ends of the temperature spectrum. The hand-crafted structures and naturally-based textures engage children in imaginative play, and sensory experiences.
top photos from my instagram, bottom four photos from mvvainc.com
ps: is instagram replacing blog posts?