Sneak Peek: Innovative New Playground at Montclair YMCA
Montclair Art and Design students evolve children’s play at YMCA
Posted in: College News and Announcements, Department of Art and Design News
The Geyer Family YMCA and the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University have collaborated in the design, fabrication and installation of an inventive playground located directly behind the Geyer Family YMCA. Scheduled to open this Fall, the playground will include a creative approach to inclusive and synergistic play.
In an era where obesity is becoming more of an issue for children, Evans also commends the playground’s goals of encouraging active play for children. He states, “Forming healthy habits at a young age puts children on a path to improved health outcomes.”
To maintain the theming and focus on growth and imagination, it consists of a plethora of activities. Such recreational pieces include a play tower, an ADA staircase, slides, sand, waterplay and more.
This outstanding venture would not have been possible without the talents and bright minds of the following students:
- Nicolas Sarmiento ‘20, Industrial Design
- Wenci Huang ‘20, Industrial Design
- Jackson Yeakel ‘20, Industrial Design
- Sona Bayrami ‘19, Visual Arts
- Stephanie Romano ‘21, Visual Communications Design.
Montclair Professor Gary Fredriksen says of the project, “We also wanted to include unique elements that connect the playground to the Montclair community.” This playground is in the works for any child who has been affiliated with the YMCA as well as serving as a public playground.