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Junkyard or Playground?

By Net Assets posted 05-23-2019 07:45 AM


(From The New York Times) Kids get to play freely in The Yard, a new "adventure playground" on New York’s Governors Island. One of only about 1,000 such play yards in the world, it is filled with what looks like junk — old keyboards, mud, wood planks, signboards, broken mannequins, packing crates, mattresses. Parents are not allowed to enter; a few playground monitors step in if a child steps on a nail, for instance, but otherwise children choose what to do and how to do it. Proponents say children learn how to conquer their fears and adjudicate disputes. Engaging in risk actually prevents injuries by helping children learn skills that can ultimately protect them, developers and advocates of the new spaces say.

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