Pop up playground at Washington Park is a totable treat

Pop up playground at Washington Park is a totable treat
Jojo, 4, plays peek-a-boo.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

This jungle gym swings from place to place.

The playground at Washington Park in Park Slope might be under construction, but that doesn’t make playtime at the green off-limits for its pint-sized fans who can now romp, climb and swing without a care, thanks to a present from the Parks Department — a foam playground in a box.

The totable treat became child’s play for a group of kids, who were eager to assemble Imagination Playground’s “pop-up” play pen last Friday on a sunlit patch of green on Fifth Avenue between Third and Fourth avenues, where the breakthrough recreational concept — developed by architect David Rockwell — allowed children to become bosses of their own downtime domains and enjoy unstructured “free play” by changing the pieces at will.

Ten-year-old Naylan Juarez couldn’t wait to check out the cool contraptions, promptly parking himself inside a large neon green box — a component eventually linked to others to form a temporary play space.

The boxed playground travels well, too, according to Alex Moore, a flack for Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope).

“It will be assembled and disassembled daily throughout the summer to provide recreational opportunities for children in the community,” he said.

It’s beginning to take shape.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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