ASHEVILLE ADVENTURE PLAY
ince early 2015, The Buncombe Partnership for Children has been working with community volunteers to provide untraditional play opportunities for children, families and communities. Our group, called Asheville Adventure Play, hosts Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds in a variety of locations in Buncombe County and the excitement has spread to McDowell and Madison counties. We are excited to announce our new partnership with Buncombe County to provide a series of pop-ups at Buncombe County Sports Park throughout the summer. See our schedule for dates and times.
Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds are free, public celebrations of child-directed play, stocked with loose parts, such as cardboard boxes, fabric, tape, rope, buckets, sticks, wood, tarps, paint – you name it! These activity events are modeled from the post-WW2 United Kingdom classic adventure playground movement, which gently introduces themes of freedom and risk by welcoming people of all ages and abilities to unstructured play together. Asheville Adventure Play volunteers identify pop-up locations, promote the events through social media, and act as play workers to supervise the temporary playgrounds. We participate in about a dozen pop-ups each year at festivals, private businesses, farmer’s markets, summer camps, and public parks.