Golden Valley to reimagine popular playground

  • Article by: Shannon Prather , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 17, 2013 - 3:32 PM

Golden Valley leaders’ approach to overhauling Brookview Park’s playground reflects changing views of what playgrounds can be.

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dsteinbe1977Sep. 18, 13 7:48 AM

Thank you for doing an article on Golden Valley Park playground.

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hobie2Sep. 18, 13 8:09 AM

Heard this before - adults telling kids how to play and teaching kids that "old is boring" - taking the kids to the park and trying to convince them that they should try the equipment that they tried and left... Many Golden Valley parks once had attractants to stimulate creativity around which the standard equipment was used - the ship, the elephant, etc... But the managers were afraid that such items were different and different put the managers at risk of blame, so 20 years ago, the city went pablum - "dangerous" swings, slides, imagination areas and features put in by experienced leaders and teachers - all were removed. Cloned kids would play on the same cloned equipment in the identical cloned parks... And now the pablum parks are boring - really? Because kids master the unimaginative uncreative adult-based gadget that the safe-and-same adults gave them to use? Who ever could have guessed that a kid would grow bored with a digger stuck in one place, or with a five foot long slide? I have put in play equipment elsewhere and watched the mixes-of-ages kids play on the GV park equipment... Adult friendly, but not kid-friendly.

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dlweidtSep. 18, 1310:00 AM

For the benefit of those too timid to ask, what does it mean to "reimagine" a playground? Is it different from remodeling or refurbishing or renovating a playground? Does it require a consulting firm from another state? Is it more expensive?

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foobarSep. 18, 13 8:16 PM

Bring back the wooden pirate ship to Brookview and the metal rocket ship to Lions!

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jennifereverSep. 19, 1312:47 PM

I remember a time when playground equipment didn’t need to be so fancy and colorful….and children used their IMAGINATIONS a little. I just found out that the old Elm Creek playground was torn down and some hideous, plastic playground now sits in its place. I remember playing for hours back in the 1980’s on that old, wood playground. It was so much fun

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dtmonkeyboySep. 19, 13 9:46 PM

After only 18 years they are going to replace the equipment because it is faded and boring???? And yet people claim Minneapolis is the problem spender.

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