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New Imagination Playground to open at Brooklyn's Betsy Head Park

Brooklyn's first-ever Imagination Playground will be constructed in Brownsville's Betsy Head Playground starting in spring 2014 and should open in spring 2015.

  • Photograph: Courtesy Rockwell Group

    Imagination Playground at Brooklyn's Betsy Head Park

    Rockwell Group rendering of the Imagination Playground at Brownsville, Brooklyn's Betsy Head Park.

  • Photograph: Courtesy Rockwell Group

    Imagination Playground at Brooklyn's Betsy Head Park

    Rockwell Group rendering of the Imagination Playground at Brownsville, Brooklyn's Betsy Head Park.

  • Photograph: Courtesy Rockwell Group

    Imagination Playground at Brooklyn's Betsy Head Park

    Rockwell Group rendering of the Imagination Playground at Brownsville, Brooklyn's Betsy Head Park.

  • Photograph: Courtesy Rockwell Group

    Imagination Playground at Brooklyn's Betsy Head Park

    Rockwell Group rendering of the Imagination Playground at Brownsville, Brooklyn's Betsy Head Park.

  • Photograph: Courtesy Rockwell Group

    Imagination Playground at Brooklyn's Betsy Head Park

    Rockwell Group rendering of the Imagination Playground at Brownsville, Brooklyn's Betsy Head Park.

Photograph: Courtesy Rockwell Group

Imagination Playground at Brooklyn's Betsy Head Park

Rockwell Group rendering of the Imagination Playground at Brownsville, Brooklyn's Betsy Head Park.

The second-ever permanent Imagination Playground in the world will be built in Brownsville, Brooklyn's Betsy Head Park (the first is in the Financial District; it opened in 2010) starting in spring 2014, and David Rockwell has just unveiled his new, tree house–inspired design for it. (Rockwell's design was done pro bono, and he is donating a set of his signature blue blocks to the park as well.) The project will take the shape of a multilevel area with sand, water and loose parts (the blocks) that kids can turn into whatever they please in unstructured play. A ramp will weave through trees, past permanent play equipment and basketball and handball courts. There's even an exercise area planned for adults. The playground is slated to open sometime in spring 2015. Click through our slide show of the Rockwell Group's renderings to see how much there is to look forward to. And since it's not open yet, check out our list of the city's 25 best playgrounds (see where the first Imagination Playground ranked!) and make a plan to soak up the warmer weather that's sure to come our way.


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