Porvoo Playground, Finland

Incorporating history into play

In Porvoo, Finland, they wanted to incorporate history into play. The small city near Helsinki has been home for one of Finland’s biggest ancient fortresses since the 12th century. To honor this historical monument, the municipality wanted a playground telling their story. They succeeded with a little help from KOMPAN’s wide range of themed play equipment, and a great play castle has been placed at the city’s playground. 

The playground is constructed in Robinia hardwood which gives an aesthetic finish due to its smooth surface and attractive wood color. Robinia timber is fine-grained, strong and particularly durable, making it the preferred material for play features. The grain also determines how KOMPAN’s craftsmen use it, so every item is unique.

 

A royal play day

With the castle, children are offered a royal play day where princesses and knights can live out their fantasies. Special elements such as cannons and barred windows support the dramatic play, which is scientifically proven to strengthen communication skills, emotions and empathy, when negotiating play scenarios. 

By climbing up the ropes, nets or rock climber to entrance the castle, spatial awareness, balance and cross-coordination skills are developed just as physical strength is gained. Extra thrills are added when going down the slide or banister bars. Activities also strengthen the children’s bone density, like when jumping off the bars to land safely back on the ground.

While the children are playing, the parents can hang out in the shaded area of the playground or use its fitness equipment. A historical adventure for today’s perfect family experience.

Physical

Social/emotional

Cognitive

Creative

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The idea was to incorporate the castle and Porvoo’s history into the theme of the park.

Mikko Kaunisto

City Gardener

Municipality of Porvoo

Porvoo Playground

Uusimaa, Porvoo 06150, Finland

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