Status: Completed, opened
Area: 13 000 m2
Architect: Garten Studio
Implementation: Ár-La Magyarország Kft.
No park is complete without a playground. Which is why as part of the overall Liget Budapest concept, the park designers included seven playgrounds, complete with some special features. The first and biggest of these – more than 13,000 m2 in size – is located in the south-east section of the park. It will welcome children and their parents from autumn 2019 to a safe environment featuring integrated play equipment divided into age-appropriate areas.
The Main Playground is built on the area on the intersection of Dózsa György Road and Ajtósi Dürer Row. It will be easily accessible from all the neighbouring pathways, with five entrances and a 1.5-metre, specially designed fence.
The playground is notable not just because of its size, but also for its remarkable range of play equipment, offering the chance for discovery, knowledge of the natural environment and instinctive learning through play. Alongside psychologists, landscape architects and teachers, children also contributed to the planning process (members of the Városliget Youth Advisory Body). As a result, the plans respond fully to the needs of children of different ages and their parents. The playground is structured to ensure that the youngest children can play in a protected internal spaces, while the parents can also find plenty of seating to enjoy the activity of their children in comfort.
The designers focused on making sure there is also enough space for free play, while the playground's design and equipment will inspire the creative energy of the children. A good example of this is the sand-and-water play area, where replica fossils that can be excavated will inspire children to learn as they play.
The central element of the Main Playground will be a three-level climbing cage inspired by Pál Szinyei Merse's painting The Balloon, promoting playful artistic associations.
One important objective of the playground is for differently abled children to be able to play with their able-bodied companions, which is why numerous types of easy-to-access integrated play equipment have also been installed. We have set the objective of requiring all the equipment in the entire park to reflect social requirements, namely the sustainability of the games and equipment, equal opportunity for play, and the need to convey the importance of integrating playmates with atypical development patterns – such as those with disabilities.
Naturally, the designers also took older children into consideration: in addition to the Main Playground, there will also be a Terrain Play Area featuring a boulder wall, skateboard course, climbing wall and areas for riding rollers, roller-blading and an area for tricycles for smaller visitors. The area will be enclosed and screened off in a semicircular shape, with the area's shape utilised to identify the various play zones. A secluded area (in the Bay) will house a pump track course as well, where BMX cyclists can practice on an excitingly laid-out track.
The Main Playground will also have child-friendly public toilets, including separate spaces suitable for changing nappies and breastfeeding. When the work is complete, the green space in this part of the park will be completely renewed, with the plant life rehabilitated and new trees native to the Liget planted.