Chinatown Park on The Rose Kennedy Greenway
After nearly two years collaborating with architect Richard Dattner to develop PlayCubes, Playworld installed the first PlayCubes playground in Boston’s Chinatown Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a stretch of contemporary park space dedicated to connecting people and the city. The installation was part of The Design Museum Foundation’s Extraordinary Playscapes exhibition, a multi-city, nomadic display that focused on the importance and design of play.
While originally slated as a temporary installation, PlayCubes in Chinatown Park became much more than a museum piece. They became a gathering place for the surrounding neighborhoods.
Suddenly, residents saw an influx of families, children, and professionals connecting outside in a way they’d never seen before. After The Greenway Conservancy sent out a bilingual Chinese/English survey to local community members and leaders, they discovered the community’s virtually unanimous passion for the pop-up play space. This led to a decision to keep them there indefinitely.
PlayCubes in Chinatown Park have become a vibrant hub of community connection in the midst of an urban landscape, demonstrating that a pocket park can be just as transformative as a large destination playground.