Join the Kit of Parks team for Kit of Parks’ Franklin Park debut on May 20 at Franklin Park’s annual Kite and Bike Festival. The Kit of Parks team, led by landscape architects Nina Chase, ASLA and Honorary BSLA, and Philip Dugdale, International ASLA, will be in Franklin Park from 11am – 4pm. We hope to see you there!
Kit of Parks, a portable kit of parts to build a park, was selected as a winner of the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million national competition, hosted by KaBOOM!, that awarded innovative ideas to make play easy, available, and fun for kids and families in cities across the U.S. Kit of Parks was selected as one of 50 winners out of a pool of more than 1,000 applications nationwide.
Chase and Dugdale in partnership with the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Franklin Park Coalition, Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA), created a unique plan to design Kit of Parks to be donated to and used by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department as a mobile park. Over the past few months, the design team has worked with furniture manufacturer FEEK to bring the durable, plastic Kit of Parks to life.
Designed to serve under-programmed public spaces in Boston’s neighborhoods, Kit of Parks is a self-contained play unit that can be hitched to the back of a bike and unpacked in under 5 minutes. Kit of Parks injects an immediate dose of color, whimsy, and experimental fun wherever it’s parked. In the fall of 2015, Chase and Dugdale designed and constructed an original Kit of Parks prototype as a teaching tool for BSLA. The prototype was funded by the BSLA and fabricated in Sasaki Associates’ Fabrication Lab.
The Play Everywhere Challenge is being hosted by KaBOOM! in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Target, Playworld, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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