Pop up playground at Washington Park is a totable treat

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This jungle gym swings from place to place.

The playground at Washington Park in Park Slope might be under construction, but that doesn’t make playtime at the green off-limits for its pint-sized fans who can now romp, climb and swing without a care, thanks to a present from the Parks Department — a foam playground in a box.

The totable treat became child’s play for a group of kids, who were eager to assemble Imagination Playground’s “pop-up” play pen last Friday on a sunlit patch of green on Fifth Avenue between Third and Fourth avenues, where the breakthrough recreational concept — developed by architect David Rockwell — allowed children to become bosses of their own downtime domains and enjoy unstructured “free play” by changing the pieces at will.

Ten-year-old Naylan Juarez couldn’t wait to check out the cool contraptions, promptly parking himself inside a large neon green box — a component eventually linked to others to form a temporary play space.

The boxed playground travels well, too, according to Alex Moore, a flack for Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope).

“It will be assembled and disassembled daily throughout the summer to provide recreational opportunities for children in the community,” he said.

Updated 5:25 pm, July 9, 2018
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