For those of us who are passionate about independent, outdoor play for kids with an accent on adventure, we owe a huge thank you for the brilliance of the Emdrup experience which continues to shine brightly in pockets here and there around the globe. If you are a lover of adventure playgrounds, add your voice to those who are campaigning to save this treasure.
“Changes by the local authority will see children segregated by age to make the playground a more traditional day care centre. Older children will be moved out. Staff and supporters are afraid this will lead to increasing restrictions in free play and risk, losing the ‘children’s democracy’ and autonomy that has characterised the site for over 70 years.”
You can support the Emdrup campaign by writing to Dorthe Rasmussen Kjær at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Tim Gill and Play England for sharing this information
I was lucky enough to visit Emdrup – the world’s first adventure playground – on a study visit to Copenhagen in 2003, and I still remember its relaxed, low-tech, quietly self-assured ambience. It would be tantamount to a crime against children’s culture to stand by and see its spirit die as a result of bureaucratic whim.
Emdrup, 2003. Photo credit: Ben Spencer
Please do what you can to save it. Details are in the reblogged post. You may want to highlight why it matters for children and young people of widely differing ages to be given the chance to play together. US psychologist Peter Gray has good things to say on this [pdf link].
For more on the adventure playground model and the debt it owes to Emdrup, see this 2014 Guardian article.
Hats off to Play England for sharing news of this campaign.
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