Since 1957, the Triangle has opened its gates to thousands of young people, offering free adventure play and a safe space to grow and learn.
WHat is the triangle
“An adventure playground can be described as a space dedicated solely to children’s play, where skilled playworkers enable and facilitate the ownership, development and design of that space – physically, socially and culturally – by the children playing there."
Only a mile from Westminster, the Triangle Adventure Playground serves an area of inner-city deprivation familiar in many parts of many British cities. Its 'wasteland' characteristic is inherent in its odd shape and its entirely haphazard juxtaposition with its neighbours. It has the dull backside of a secondary school on one boundary, an ordinary 1950's primary school on another but then the back gardens of an attractive terrace of two-storey early Victorian town houses on its third. Beyond, however, sprawls the urban context that both physically and socially proscribes the lives of the children it serves. Within a few hundred yards lies a dense mix of red-brick galleried pre and post-war council blocks and an estate of mixed terraces and high rise towers from the nineteen-sixties. The busy transport nexus of Vauxhall lies one way, the stews of Brixton another. Threaded through all are occasional roads of elegant Victorian and earlier terraces. The Oval cricket ground with its famous gas-holders and the railway viaduct to Waterloo are close by.
"The indoor and outdoor area is enclosed by a boundary which signals that the space within is dedicated to children’s play and that activities such as digging, making fires or building and demolishing dens – activities not normally condoned in other spaces where children play – are provided for and encouraged.” - Mick Conway 2009
Embedded within its community, the Triangle plays a distinguished part. The urban environment would be impoverished without its painted poles, ragged trees and much explored unkempt brambly corners, as would the lives of those children who rely on it on a daily basis. Its significance to its urban environment is so broad as to confound simple category: it is at once a site providing culture and entertainment; education; garden and park; health and welfare and sports and recreation.
The value of ADVENTURE PLAY
"Their primary function is to help to create an atmosphere which is child centred; where there are no meaningless limitations or restrictions, apart from precautions necessary against injury; where guidance and help is given when asked for or needed. The relationship between the playworker and individual children is of great importance: they must know when to help a child and when to withdraw so that the child can work through a problem with or without assistance and this develop confidence through co-operation and self-help."
the following text is an edited extract from Fair Play for Children UK
Playground life is structured very largely by the children themselves; the adults working alongside to get them involved in as many ways as possible. The playworkers enable the child to continue to explore a particular; interest, idea, project or development by providing advice, guidance, materials etc. Thus, the child is encouraged to live, work and play in a free, friendly and self-disciplined way.
Advantages of adventure playgrounds include the tremendous diversity of available activities, the flexibility created by all the "loose parts" in the environment, the sense of competence and responsibility instilled in children through being able to build and shape their own environment, and the skills that are learned in the process of building structures. Not surprisingly, research has shown that children engage in a far greater variety of activities on adventure playgrounds and that this type of playground is much more popular with children than are either traditional or contemporary designs (e.g. Hayward, Rothenbert & Beasley, 1974).
The playground is a place where children can discover themselves, where they can test themselves against the environment with other children and with the adult workers. Youngsters are doing this all the time wherever they are living: they are becoming themselves, developing the kind of person they are and will be. During life all our experiences add to, build on, confirm, deny or modify our previous experience. The playground is offering experiences as a contribution to the child's growth.
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