IT IS URGENT TO BUILD AND HAVE PLAYGROUNDS.  Play in the early years of life has a profound and lasting influence on a child’s health, wellbeing, and long-term development. Studies have shown early play experiences to shape a child’s physical growth, capacity for learning, chances of finishing school, future employability, and even income...

- From The Case of Play by  www.playgroundideas.org

To see videos of the process see

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA37-4NtX8Y&t=20s

and the Slide-a-saurus process see

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvtRvevzUio

To play will prepare kids to an ever changing society where their choices will represent the society they will build, and they´re gonna be able to return in many different ways when their skills develop into adulthood.

All of the 5 playgrounds I´ve built where designed fundamentally under integration with the site, use of the local materials as much as possible, saving resources and priorizing benefit for the children by stimulating learning in different areas, also always taking on account the population and it´s age.

Playgrounds demand to be sustainable. For maintenance and for them to be safe on a long term basis, therefore they must be discussed, design and built along with a school community or a neighborhood.

Inclusive design involves the community in many ways: from the kids for the design, teachers organizing alumni and parents who also discuss, volunteer and donate to families cooking something for the opening ceremony.

ECO Playgrounds

Ecoplayground La Catorce

24 games displayed on 2559 square feet of land designed with the slope and trees existing on site. Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepéquez Guatemala 2019

Ecoplayground La Catorce

Wooden platform on tree, wooden climber with motorbike tires, bars, rings and store front made with recycled metal structure

Ecoplayground La Catorce

Eco Slide. Original Ecocabezas creation. Metal structure filled with construction crumbs and tires, then wrapped with metal wire mesh.

Ecoplayground La Catorce

9 feet wide Ecoslide, finished with a 2inch cement layer.

Ecoplayground La Catorce

Tire step filled with soil and sand for Ecoslide

Ecoplayground La Catorce

Side tire climber bolted to metal pipe and to the trees

Ecoplayground La Catorce

Truck tire see-saw and mini-maze

Ecoplayground La Catorce

mini maze with tires

Ecoplayground La Catorce

Dragon. Balance-Fantasy game made with tires

Ecoplayground La Catorce

Fun Group Hammok made with high endurance fishing net.

Ecoplayground La Catorce

fun Cable Spool game

Ecoplayground La Catorce

Tire tent Climber

Ecoplayground La Catorce

Baby swings made with motorbike tires on metal pieces fixed to trees

Ecoplayground La Catorce

Plastic barrel tunnel

EcoSlide

Original Ecocabezas design made from construction crumbs and tires, 4 cement quintals, iron grid and wire mesh.

Bambu house

Structural design, bamboo and labor Donated by CASSA

Rings and bar

Handmade hanging games

Plane, swing set in trees

Desing adjusted to site conditions and existing trees

Credits

Sign to give credit to donors.

Turtle

Existing tire game adapted to become a turtle. 4 way see-saw

Tree Swing

11 games, some original, some adapted to site conditions and inclusive process.

New Eco Playground design

Designed after inclusive process with the kids, then approved by community

Ecoplayground users

Inclusive process

some of the users

User´s design proposal

play-do modeling

User´s design proposal

The site

Turtle Slide

eco built slide made of construction crumbles inside metal mesh and a layer of colored cement

Tire Ball

Tire swings

Climbing Wall

Bridge

Side view

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El Hato Playground

finised Tree Hugger, rings and see saw

El Hato Playground

Using the land conditions and trees

climbing games

ladders and rings plus jumping tires

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El Hato School Playground

This playground was a result of a long creative process by Arki-kids. They hired me to accomplish the design and construction of the playground. Along with the help of several volunteers who worked.

Cable spool game

we recycled these donated cable spools and painted them, nailed them together so kids can climb on them

Ferrocement Slide

5meter long Ferrocement Slide

kids painting see-saw

Children painted the tires and wood of the games

Cable spool game

Finished Slide

all tires painted and polished concrete finish for best performance due to hill moisture

The sun, Rocket and Caterpillar

these where figures that the children asked for

Seating bench

tires are always fun to climb

bike rings garden house

Climbable or to seat inside. Welded Bike rings

Slide

we edited the initial idea to make it better

the bench and tire calculator

Coming in

volunteers helping to paint

user-volunteers helping to paint

swing set

made by blacksmith, put together for better endurance

kids volunteering to paint

Volunteers helping

to build the rope climbing net

Rings

rings made of bike tires are fun

kids painting

volunteers painting

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Hill Slide Kukulkan

87 feet long Earthbag Hill Slide. Ironworks reinforced Earthbag walls with anti-seismic buttresses. Exterior concrete layer and tile for water resistance.

Hill Slide Kukulkan

Exterior Mural paint and tires as steps on both sides

Hill Slide Kukulkan

Mural Paint

Hill Slide Kukulkan

From the mouth opening

Hill Slide Kukulkan

Entry

Hill Slide Kukulkan

Side Elevation

Hill Slide Kukulkan

Areal view

Hill Slide Kukulkan

First out of Four Earthbag rows (Antonio Balam, co- designer, builder)

Hill Slide Kukulkan

Earthbagging lenght completed

Hill Slide Kukulkan

Ironworks as reinforcement and buttresses detail

Hill Slide Kukulkan

soil base plus reinforced mesh and gravel stone as insulation layer . Iron hoops for concrete

Hill Slide Kukulkan

Starting head Ironworks

Hill Slide Kukulkan

1/8" ironworks, strainer to make surface even and cement grout

Hill Slide Kukulkan

plywood to make 7cm concrete casting

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concrete grout

Aj Syá Playground, Patzizía

5th Eco playground designed and built along with the school community Patzizia Chimaltenango. Finished by May 2015 with the help of Matt Green and Playground Ideas

Aj Syá Playground, Patzizía

Slide-a-saurus Rex; requested by the kids during the inclusive design process. Earthbag, soil, tile and tires and iron to hold the neck

Aj Syá Playground, Patzizía

Earthbagging to be filled with soil, then concrete protective layer and then tile to slide.

Aj Syá Playground, Patzizía

The houses, also children´s request made with steel tubes and wood.

Aj Syá Playground, Patzizía

Tire worm for the youngsters, oil paint for color and fun

Aj Syá Playground, Patzizía

Marimba players, playground users.

K´astajib´al school Playground

4th playground designed and built along with the school community at Chimaltenango, finished May 2014 Joint effort by Ukuxbe & Imagitlán. Tire Turtle requested by kids during the inclusive design process

K´astajib´al school Playground

Tire dragon-fly for toddlers

K´astajib´al school Playground

Tile Earthbag Slide made with the colaboration of Ulew Atitlan and voluneers, filled with gravel and soil

K´astajib´al school Playground

Earthbag slide, protective concrete layer and tiles

K´astajib´al school Playground

Finished slide, with concrete curb to define 3 lanes and tires as steps

K´astajib´al school Playground

4 way monkey bars welded and painted with anticorrosive paint. Made by hired blacksmith

K´astajib´al school Playground

Swing set made with steel tubes, anticorrosive paint tires and stainless steel chain.

K´astajib´al school Playground

Climbing rope games knitted by volunteers

K´astajib´al school Playground

4 way seesaw made with treated wood and truck tires.

K´astajib´al school Playground

Garden House made with welded bike rims and anticorrosive paint

K´astajib´al school Playground

Gathering area for ceremonies and reunions, seating made with assorted sizes of tires

K´astajib´al school Playground

The site conditions where used to benefit the design, the whole playground is about 550 tires.

Xeabaj 1 Playground

1st eco playground designed and built along with the school communityof Sta Catarina Ixtahuacán, Sololá Finished February 2012. I was in charge of the inclusive design process, coordination, budget elaboration, quotation and purchase of materials, construction guidance and labor. The Playground process was an effort shared with Licda. Giglia Cannesa and Asociación Vivamos Mejor

Xeabaj 1 Playground

Metal barrel games finely finished for safety

Xeabaj 1 Playground

Assorted games

Xeabaj 1 Playground

4 way seesaw made with wood and tires

Xeabaj 1 Playground

Starting Eartbag House with the help of Ulew Atitlan

Xeabaj 1 Playground

Inside earthbag house

Xeabaj 1 Playground

Earthbag house with concrete protective layer

Xeabaj 1 Playground

Earthbag house painted with Nopal Paint as a waterproofing protective layer

Xeabaj 1 Playground

Earthbag house is a tunnel as an entry, a firemen tube and a metal slide to go down and steps to go back up

Xepiacul Playground

2nd eco playground designed and built along with the school communityof Sta Catarina Ixtahuacán, Sololá Finished February 2012. I was in charge of the inclusive design process, coordination, budget elaboration, quotation and purchase of materials, construction guidance and labor. The Playground process was an effort shared with Licda. Giglia Cannesa and Asociación Vivamos Mejor

Xepiacul Playground

This time the site was much smaller so the Earthbag house is smaller too.

Xepiacul Playground

Assorted simple tire games

Xepiacul Playground

Xepiacul Playground

Artistic concrete works made by volunteers of the community under Ulew Atitlán´s guidance

Xepiacul Playground

4 way seesaw made with wood and tires

Simajutiú Playground

1st eco playground designed and built along with the school communityof Sta Catarina Ixtahuacán, Sololá Finished February 2012. I was in charge of the inclusive design process, coordination, budget elaboration, quotation and purchase of materials, construction guidance and labor. The Playground process was an effort shared with Licda. Giglia Cannesa and Asociación Vivamos Mejor

Simajutiú Playground

Earthbag house window

Simajutiú Playground

Earthbag house with concrete layer for protection

Simajutiú Playground

Artistic Concrete works made by volunteers form the community under Ulew Atitlán´s guidance.

Simajutiú Playground

15 feet Metal slide built to adapt to the house

Simajutiú Playground

Earthbag house painted with Nopal Paint as a waterproofing protective layer

Simajutiú Playground

Fireman tube being used. Inside of the house decorated by the locals with Nopal paint