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playgrounds of the world

As it's International Playground Month for the third time in five years, let's take a quiet moment to pay tribute to some of the world's finest grounds of play enjoyed by the little people of this big planet....

Boston, USA

Lots of colour; excellent safety mats; and a funny looking plastic man with potties for feet.

Vienna, Austria

This award winner has a variety of spindly slides radiating out from a central point, like a spider with dyed legs.

Ekaterinburg, Russia

It's got an old communist look, what with its shapes and colours and tyres, but it's also completely bonkers, therefore perfect for children.

Newcastle, Australia

Built in the countryside because of the loud noise of fun, this great setup has an original design that's a lot more stimulating than it looks from the playground's bungee jump launch point.

Osaka, Japan

This minimalist design makes big demands on a child's imagination but the soft ground means that if they should fall from the camel's head, they'll walk away with only a mild bout of concussion.
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On Monday, 08 March, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sorry, but...
I can't realize what is interesting.

But I've imaged that iron bar may be yummy.  

On Wednesday, 10 March, 2010, Anonymous Invader_Stu said:

That poor blue thing at the end looks like its had a steel bar jammed through its cheeks  

On Friday, 12 March, 2010, Anonymous RMilner said:

Japan (at least around my area) has a surprisingly large number of local playgrounds and they are all pretty crappy.  

On Sunday, 14 March, 2010, Blogger Jessintokyo said:

This is so funny and so true..
Until you have a baby.. and then you go to the park to play one day. Just gotta love Japanese playgrounds/ parks..Great for breaking bones :-0  

On Thursday, 25 March, 2010, Blogger Edward said:

I'm a fan of them, well at least the figures and strange creatures that seem to be placed in most of them. Here's my collection of Tokyo park characters.

On Saturday, 27 March, 2010, Blogger Nichola said:

This is Osaka, but there's grass!!? I didn't think Japanese parks knew what grass was!  

On Sunday, 11 April, 2010, Anonymous AdelaideBen said:

Hmmm - very zen... it's like the Ryoan-ji of playgrounds.  

On Saturday, 20 October, 2012, Anonymous chris said:

haha man you have a good sense of humour! funniest post I've seen for a while!  

On Thursday, 08 November, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Obviously you haven't been to Ooizumi Ryokuchi in southern Osaka. Sure the local playgrounds are basic, but the big playgrounds are epicly awesome!  

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