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Shelby Farms Park playground gets national attention


Mental Floss searched the world for the "16 coolest playgrounds," and one local play site was recognized. Number seven on the list was Woodland Discovery Playground created by the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy as a "playground of the future."

At the playground, kids have to “look for opportunities to slide, climb, run, scramble, swing, build, find and discover,” according to the designers at James Corner Field Operations (also the architects responsible for Manhattan’s High Line). The designers worked with the input of local kids to determine how they wanted to play. The result is a playground separated into different “play nests” with slides, treehouses, climbing nets, sand, and more, all connected by a winding walkway covered in ivy.

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