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Play Space is a partnership between the Community Design Collaborative and the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) to explore the design of innovative play spaces for Philadelphia. 


Play Space has challenged designers, public leaders, educators, childcare providers, families, and communities to share their perspectives on play space and to re-imagine outdoor play spaces for Philadelphia’s libraries, recreation centers, schools, sidewalks, and yards. The 18-month initiative was made possible through a grant from The William Penn Foundation. 

Play Space is part of Infill Philadelphia, the Community Design Collaborative's ongoing community engagement program to re-envision neighborhoods, leverage existing assets, rethink the use of older buildings and sites, and address the practical concerns of specific sites and communities. 

Precedent Exhibition | August 2015 through September 2015
Art of Active Play | August 2015 through October 2015
Design Charrette | October 2015
Design Competition | September 2015 through March 2016
Play Talks | Various Dates
Exhibition | October 2016 through December 2016

Community Design Collaborative
Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC)
William Penn Foundation

Many thanks to the individuals and organizations who contributed their ideas, expertise and time

Christie Balka | Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity
Helaine Barr | Philadelphia Water
Maryse Beliveau |Trust for Public Land
Joe Benford | Free Library of Philadelphia
Betsy Caesar | Playcare Inc.
Diane Castlebuono | School District of Philadelphia
Tamara Clark | The Parent-Infant Center    
Anthony Cucchi | The Trust for Public Land
Erike De Veyra | CICADA Architecture/Planning, Inc.
Tavis Dockwiller | Viridian Landscape Studio
Nissa Eisenberg | Miller Purdy Architects
Gail Farmer | Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Danielle Floyd | School District of Philadelphia    
Alex Gilliam | Public Workshop
Eva Gladstein | Philadelphia Managing Director’s Office    
Jeff Goldstein | DIGSAU Architecture/Urbanism
Mary Grace Gorman | City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation    
Brenna Hassinger | Temple University
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek | Temple University
Claire Laver | Urban Roots
Natalie Malawey-Ednie | Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers
Randall Mason | University of Pennsylvania, PennPraxis    
Nancy O’Donnell | Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
Mark Paronish | City of Philadelphia Department of Public Property
Mica Root | Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Ellen Schultz | Philadelphia Water, Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center    
Kira Strong | People’s Emergency Center
Peg Szczurek | Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children
Paul Vernon | KSK Architects Planners Historians, Inc.
Fon Wang | UCI Architects, Inc.
Lynn Williamson | Free Library of Philadelphia
Meg Wise | Smith Memorial Playground   



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