Boston – Kit of Parks was selected as a winner in the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million national competition that will award innovative ideas to make play easy, available, and fun for kids and families in cities across the U.S. The challenge is hosted by KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.
Landscape architects Nina Chase, ASLA and Philip Dugdale, ASLA, in partnership with the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Franklin Park Coalition, and Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA), created a unique plan to design and build Kit of Parks, a portable kit of parts to build a park.
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 five 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 a Kit of Parks prototype as a teaching tool for the BSLA. The prototype was funded by the BSLA and fabricated in Sasaki Associates’ Fabrication Lab.
Kit of Parks will be deployed in Franklin Park in the spring of 2017.