JP Green School is home to an ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND in Central Jamaica Plain


What’s that?!?!

On the 1/2 acre playground at Hope Central Church, the home-base for JP Green School, we have created Adventure Play New England–Boston’s only Adventure Playground

We have a TOOL SHED with hand tools, and a variety of materials for building and play: Cardboard, wood, duct-tape, nails, bicycle parts, tubes, wire, rope, paint, clay, brushes–etc.  Kids also create with water, mud, sticks and branches, rocks, trees, pine cones and all varieties of Nature’s original “toys”.

Trained staff are on hand at all time to supervise for safety, and to instruct kids in how to use tools. Otherwise, hold back and let the kids lead. Adventure play is not directed by adults!

The adventure playground is for kids 4-12 years old, and adults are asked to sit on the sidelines. We have a shady seating area on the grass for caregivers and a small playspace for younger children.


When can we visit?

Adventure Play New England is OPEN!

Summer 2019, open weekdays 2pm-6pm, and Saturdays, 10am-5pm.
Entrance fee: $7/child and 2/$12. No one is turned away for lacks of funds.

Check out our website here: Adventure Play New England.
Follow us on Facebook for announcements of events: Adventure Play New England

Some history

Adventure Playgrounds have been around since the 1930s, when Danish landscape architect C. Th. Sørensen noticed how rarely children preferred structured play at playgrounds to more exploratory play in the dirt and mud of undeveloped lots. He proposed that urban areas especially needed “a junk playground in which children could create and shape, dream and imagine a reality.”

There are hundreds of Adventure Playgrounds in Europe, but very few in the US, due to concerns over liability, visibly messy spaces, and the fear of letting children take risks. JP Green School is fortunate to have a great outdoor space with supportive landlords.

Our philosophy of play-based and self-directed learning allows children to explore and take risks. We manage the risk through adequate staffing and safety measures.

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This is the closest Adventure Playground in the country, in NYC.

Most of the existing adventure playgrounds in this country are in California. Are we surprised?

The Junk Playground of NYC
A good article about the NYC playground.

The Overprotected Kid
An article about one of the original models, “The Land” in Wales.