Building a ‘Local’ Playground


This project was a collaborative design and build project between The Design School @ Arizona State University and The Boys and Girls Club of Round Valley Arizona.

The project began with… winds up to 80 mph in Eagar, AZ it’s no wonder the playground equipment at the local Boys and Girls Club took flight and landed in a nearby field! The kids at the club worked together to figure out how to get the equipment back, but by the time they did, it wasn’t safe to play on anymore. When Collin Smith, a product design professor at ASU, heard about this he set out to collaborate with the kids and community to build a new playspace. To do this he knew the best path would be to bring in his students from ASU to collaborate with the kids at the Boys and Girls Club to create something sustainable, safe, educational, and fun!

The ASU student interns spent 8 weeks of the summer researching, designing, and fabricating a custom playground made mostly from locally sourced lumber from the White Mountains of Arizona. More details of the process and outcomes of this project will come soon, but for now here are a couple of articles that were written about the project:

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