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Imagination Playground

Imagination Playground is a breakthrough playspace concept designed by U.S. architect David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play - the kind of play that experts say is critical to a child’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional development. Comprised of an assortment of loose parts, including foam blocks in uniquely designed shapes, Imagination Playground empowers children to constantly reconfigure the space around them and design their own course of play.

The first site-specific Imagination Playground at Burling Slip opened in July 2010 near South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan. Following the playground’s success, Rockwell Group developed Imagination Playground in a Box and Imagination Playground in a Cart, more portable, scalable versions of the playground. These modular, easy-to-install playgrounds provide creative play in almost any indoor or outdoor setting, transforming unused spaces into dynamic play environments. Since 2010, over 800 playgrounds have enlivened public parks, schools, daycare facilities, and children’s museums across the globe.

With the hope of transforming lives of children around the world, Imagination Playground continues to explore new directions and initiatives that promote the benefits of free play, discovery, and learning. A recent initiative through UNICEF (P.L.A.Y.) is bringing Imagination Playground in a Box to children throughout Haiti and Bangladesh in spaces where opportunities for recreation are limited. In addition, Imagination Playground continues to develop materials and content for educators and parents about loose parts play; and designed the interactive exhibition on block play, PLAY WORK BUILD at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. 

Imagination Playground is helping to build a community — including parents, educators, caregivers, researchers, and leaders — united by a belief in the importance of creative free play to help our children grow up happy and healthy.

Guidance to Play

Play Associates Guide

User Manual

Who can use the Imagination Playground?

Non-profit educational organizations located in Polk County may use the Imagination Playground upon request, free of charge. Libraries or other non-profit educational organizations located outside of Polk County may use the Imagination Playground for a $200/24 hour fee.  Individuals may use the IP for a $250/24 hour fee. Priority is giving to local non-profits and final scheduling decisions are made by the St. Croix Falls Public Library.  Funds raised will be used to enhance and maintain the equipment.

Playground Rules