PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2016
On January 25th, 2016, the Playground Ideas community reached its 1,000th playground.
The global nonprofit began as a volunteer playground building initiative in Thailand in 2007. Since then, it has grown into an open source hub of playground building resources with the mission to equip anyone, anywhere to build a stimulating space for children to play using only local tools, materials, and skills. Playground Ideas’ site ( www.playgroundideas.org) hosts building, safety, and training manuals, over 150 playground elements with step-by-step DIY plans, and an online community of playground builders spanning over 70 countries.
The majority of the nonprofit’s community is made up of individuals in under-resourced communities with little access to playground equipment suppliers or landscape architects. In many of these communities, boundaries such as gender inequality, rapid urbanization, child labor, and outdated, rote-based education systems prevent children from exercising their right to play – a right upheld by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Playground Ideas works to raise awareness on the importance of play for healthy child development and to provide low cost, accessible resources that equip communities to provide quality access to play for their children. As of January 25, 2016, the nonprofit has supported over 1,000 communities to build spaces for play, impacting over 500,000 children.
About Playground Ideas: Playground Ideas is an Australian non-profit organisation that equips anyone, anywhere to build a stimulating space for play using only local materials, tools, and labor. For more information, please visit www.playgroundideas.org or @playgroundideas on facebook, twitter, and instagram.
Communications & Program Development Manager