We are huge fans of adventure playgrounds, which allow children to build, tinker, explore, and manipulate their own play environments. Though Europe boasts over a thousand adventure playgrounds, in the litigious United States, the number has slowly dwindled. But the city of Mercer Island, Wash. is bucking the trend.
It recently unveiled its new adventure playground with a twist -- it's in the middle of a forest. The city, a Playful City USA community for three years running, invites children to "come and dig in the dirt, build forts, play knights and dragons, or create whatever world you imagine."
Sadly, only a few months after opening, the Mercer Island Adventure Playground is already facing a budget crunch and needs to raise funds to stay open. As it is only one in four adventure playgrounds in the United States, we hope you will pitch in and spread the word! Here, Mercer Island kids talk about what the adventure playground means to them: