As László Baán, ministerial commissioner for the Liget Budapest Project, said: "Europe's most extensive culturally oriented urban development and park rehabilitation project is progressing at an excellent pace. And although we will still have to wait a few more years until the Városliget's comprehensive renewal is complete, the institutions and public spaces that have been delivered so far demonstrate that every aspect of the Liget is going to offer visitors more than ever before, along with better quality. With the delivery of The House of the Hungarian Millennium and the Main Playground, families will get to see for themselves how the factor that makes the project so attractive is the harmonious co-existence of a system of cultural and recreational offerings of unmatched richness with the opportunities for leisure activity related to the renewal of the green space, all developed in accordance with the Városliget's historical traditions. The storied public park has now been fitted out with a modern and innovatively equipped playground, available for use by the public free of charge, that will hold its own against any other in the world."
"The Liget Budapest Project is being realised as the result of the coordinated work of around one thousand architects, landscape architects, project engineers and other professionals," emphasised Benedek Gyorgyevics, the CEO of Városliget Zrt. "In the preparatory phase, we coordinated the designs with more than 140 non-governmental organisations and were able to incorporate 95% of the more than 500 suggestions and requests they sent us into the final implementation. Participating together in the process of designing the Main Playground were child psychologists, landscape architects, teachers and the children themselves, all working in the interest of creating a modern and integrated world of play that offers families an attractive venue for regular leisure-time activity," he added.
The Main Playground is situated in the southeastern part of the Városliget, in an area near the intersection of Dózsa György Road and Ajtósi Dürer Row, making it accessible from all the nearby promenades, including by users of wheelchairs. In order to assure the children's safety, the area will be protected by a specially designed fence a metre and a half in height and accessible via five separate entrances. The playground's layout was designed so that the smallest children would be able to play in a protected inner circle surrounded by comfortable seating, from where their parents can observe their activities. Moving outward from the inner area, there are attractions intended for older children. Unlike other free playgrounds, the Városliget's Main Playground will feature an animation team, whose task will be to ensure safe play and help families get oriented.
The playground equipment was manufactured and delivered by the best-known and most experienced companies in Europe; all of it is safe and conforms to the strictest regulations of both Hungary and the European Union. Benedek Gyorgyevics, the CEO of Városliget Zrt., the company responsible for implementing the Liget Budapest Project reported that the opening of the playground is being preceded by an intensive test phase, in which various groups of pre-schoolers and young schoolchildren are getting the chance to test out the equipment in advance, and the necessary fine tuning is taking place based on their feedback. The CEO added that the opening of the Main Playground is the first major milestone in the process of making the Városliget family- and child-friendly. Through the Liget Budapest Project, the renewed park will get a total of seven new playgrounds.