Category Archives: PlayGrounding

Tour of Otterness’ 42nd Street Playground

Playground packs in more fun than the proverbial barrel full of monkeys. Tom Otterness’ anthropomorphic sculpture installation is a space for wonderfalls, a place for children to imagine, to make believe and play.

Back in January I had the opportunity to interview Tom for PlayGroundology’s initial musings on the rich world of playscapes. Tom’s iconic installation is so arresting that I asked him if I could use a photo of Playground in my masthead as well as making it the subject of my first post. Permission granted and PlayGroundology now has a great visual that represents the spirit of the blog.

From the outset, Manhattan’s Bronze Guy has been a popular post. In June of this year it became even more so, as some of the millions from around the world who saw Playground as wallpaper on the Google homepage started looking for more information. It created a spike of visits to Tom’s homepage and to PlayGroundology.

Just recently I came across a video on Youtube that gives a partial tour of the 42nd Street PlayGround Bronze Guy. It has renewed my appetite to be there and play with my kids. I hope you enjoy this short vid as much as I did. Many thanks to Youtuber Jiunyiwu.

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Road Trippin’

It’s just coming up to four weeks on the road for us through the Maritimes, Québec and Ontario. As it turns out, blogging and web surfing aren’t all that compatible with this edition of family road tripping.

We’re frequently unplugged from the net and there’s no opportunity to set aside blocks of time to write and prepare material for posting. Go figure, I don’t know what I was thinking… With three energetic kids under five years of age we’re kept hopping even more than at home. We’re having plenty of fun with family and friends and discovering a few new playgrounds along the way too.


Parc Saint-Pierre Claver, Montréal, Québec

Regular posts at PlayGroundology will resume the week of July 18. Upcoming stories include the Mont-Royal playground in Montréal, PlayGrounds in the News, the Sorel Playground Marathon and Global Playground Bloggers II. Click here for a slideshow of some of the playscapes we’ve visited in the last few weeks. It’s interesting to see how public play spaces display their own distinctiveness from place to place.

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Tumblring around a new Playscape

I’ve started playing around with tumblr, a new-to-me platform, to publish short playground related posts and promote PlayGroundology through teasers on upcoming activity. The result is PlayGrounding. I hope you can take a moment to drop in and flip through the posts. There is a heavy bias to more images, less text. So far, I’ve been posting every day but there will be fluctuations in the posting schedule.

It’s thanks to PlayGroundology readers that I discovered tumblr. This ‘discovery’ happened three years after the launch of the service so no early adopter prizes for me. Less than a month in and I’m loving it.

I woke up one morning in mid-April to start my standard blogging routine, a little web based research, tidying up some files, checking in on my dashboard for visitors and comments. I had to rub my eyes because at 5h30 there were already in excess of 300 page views. The page view ticker continued to climb, charting like the hottest song on Billboard. By the end of the day there were over 2600 views. The following day clocked in at 1600 and then the crash – numbers dropping to previously established averages.

The blizzard of activity was due to a reference being made, and a link posted, to metafilter – a community weblog that attracts 3.5 million unique users per month. Many of the metafilter directed visitors were tumblrs who shared PlayGroundology within their respective communities. So thanks for spreading the word and for introducing me to a cool and easy to use new platform. Keep on tumblrin’…

A general thanks to flickrites, tumblroos, playground bloggers and playground lovers everywhere who are helping to build awareness of PlayGroundology. I appreciate your support.