Playground Battle

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The idea of a “junk playground” was first proposed by Carl Theodor Sorensen a Danish panorama architect. His proposal was tested in the course of the German occupation in 1943 when he created a “junk playground” in Emdrup, a housing property on the outskirts of Copenhagen (Kozlovsky, 2007). John Bertelsen was the primary play leader at Emdrup, enabled by architect and former seaman Dan Fink. True to Bertelson’s views, the central idea of Sorensen’s junk playgrounds was to make play and playgrounds the imagination of the kid – not the creativeness of the architect or builder. Children themselves, with help from playleaders, later known as playworkers within the UK, would create playgrounds for themselves and choose their very own play objects and types of play (Brown, 2008).

Most efforts at inclusive playgrounds have been geared toward accommodating wheelchair users. For example, rubber paths and ramps replace sand pits and steps, …