Remembrance – The Freedom to Play

In this week of remembrance, I received an email from friends at The Play and Playground Encyclopedia with photos of an extraordinary playground structure in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Photo courtesy – City of Coeur d’Alene

It’s a ginormous fireman’s hat complete with badge and an escape chute/slide. And what fireman’s playscape would be complete without a sliding pole? The Cherry Hill Park 9/11 Memorial Playground has this and so much more.

Photo courtesy – Curtis Stoddard, Playground Professionals

Flanking the firefighter’s helmet are play springrider police cars and a fire truck with the insignia of the city’s fire department.

Photo courtesy – Curtis Stoddard, Playground Professionals

The playground was dedicated five years ago following two years of fundraising. Local landscape architect Fred Ogram designed the helmet, play area and memorial to 9/11. There’s more about the development of this community project in Spokane, Washington’s Spokesman Review.

This is a play space that honours and remembers real life heroes, men and women who save lives while risking their own. The Cherry Hill 9/11 Memorial Playground celebrates the freedom to play.

All our children everywhere should have the freedom to play. Let’s keep them healthy, playing and playful. Closing out this post with Paul Simon’s heartfelt rendition of Sounds of Silence performed earlier this week at Ground Zero for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Related post – Memorials – London, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C.

One response to “Remembrance – The Freedom to Play

  1. Thanks for posting the pictures of this playground in Coeur d’Alene. It was so great to see how the playground is used as a memorial that will stand for many years to come!

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