Who Ever Said Playgrounds Are Just For The Young?

Cities around the world have been designing outdoor gyms and play areas for older generations to improve fitness and wellbeing. Even non-specialist playgrounds are getting multi-generational. Play’s not just for kids…

La Marque, US

Photograph: Stuart Villanueva/AP Photo/The Galveston County Daily News
Photograph: Stuart Villanueva/AP Photo/The Galveston County Daily News

84-year-old Zady Jones walks across a rope step bridge at the senior playground at Carbide Park.

 

Manchester, UK

Photograph: Mark Campbell/Rex Features
Photograph: Mark Campbell/Rex Features

Dam Head Estate’s ‘Older People’s Play Area’ in Blackley opened in 2008 as the UK’s first playground designed for pensioners, with the slogan ‘You’re never too old to play’.

 

London, UK

Photograph: Oli Scarff
Photograph: Oli Scarff for the Guardian

A man works out in London’s first purpose-built ‘senior playground’, opened in 2010 in Hyde Park.

 

Beijing, China

Photograph: Dan Chung for the Guardian
Photograph: Dan Chung for the Guardian
Photograph: Dan Chung for the Guardian
Photograph: Dan Chung for the Guardian

Elderly residents engage in early morning exercises in Beijing’s Di Tan park in the Dongcheng area.

 

Copenhagen, Denmark

Photograph: Daryl Mulvihill/Alamy
Photograph: Daryl Mulvihill/Alamy

Enjoying the playground in the Superkilen park in Norrebro.

Bangkok, Thailand

Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg
Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Exercising at Lumphini Park.

 

This feature originally appeared in The Guardian.

 

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