The next phase of the Liget Budapest Project is to be focused on family-friendly additions. Hungary’s biggest and most modern playground will be built in City Park, on a designated area of over 13 thousand square metres. Located on the south-eastern part of the park, the playground will be secure and available for children and families from autumn 2019.
As part of the Liget Budapest Project, there will be seven new playgrounds in City Park. According to ligetbudapest.hu, construction of the first one – that will be the biggest out of the seven – is going to start in the next few days.
Apparently, it will not be just an ordinary playground – the special equipment and the specific elements designed to urge children to explore and learn about nature and the environment is going to be one of a kind in the capital. For instance, there will be an area with sand and water where children can learn through the fossil-copies that will be hidden in the sand, waiting to be discovered.
This is just one example of how those behind the plans want to inspire children to let their imagination loose but also to learn something in the process.
The plans reveal that the playground will be suitable for both younger and older children. The small ones can play in a secure area that parents can supervise from the nearby benches, but the older ones can also have fun – this playground caters to all needs. Children can learn about Physics by checking their speed on the slides or by seeing how far they can jump – and what animal’s abilities that distance resembles. The older ones can enjoy a skate park, a climbing wall and an area designated for rollerblading and scootering, while there will also be a pump track for the BMX-enthusiasts.
It is interesting to note that, besides landscape architects, teachers and psychologists, children also took part in the designing of the playground.
The centrepiece of the playground will be a multi-level climbing frame inspired by a painting of Pál Szinyei Merse, portraying a hot-air balloon. This also helps with the art education of children, encouraging artistic associations.
According to Benedek Gyorgyevics, the CEO of the company responsible for the Liget Budapest Project, inclusion was an important goal when making the plans.
“It is an important goal to make sure children with various health conditions and impairments can play with non-disabled children, so we aim to plant several playing devices that are made accessible for everyone.
It is one of our goals to ensure that the entire park and all its equipment reflects the societal needs, meaning the playing devices and items must represent the values of sustainability, equality and the integration of those whose development is not necessarily typical, such as children with disabilities.”
The playground is designated to be a diverse place where the young can meet up, get to know people from different backgrounds and learn about the current social structures. Gyorgyevics added that
“The concept of the playgrounds is founded in the cultural and scientific heritage as well as the folk traditions of our country.
With the new City Park, we can also contribute to ensuring the youngest citizens of Budapest can lead a healthier lifestyle than what is common right now, since the park gives them the opportunity to be active and enjoy the fresh air in a way that is a true alternative to playing video games or spending time inside, just sitting around.”
Watch the video below to get a better sense of what the playground will look like:
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Featured image: MTI/Városliget Zrt.