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PLAY! AMSTERDAM is possibly the most useful book you will ever buy during the early years of your children's lives!


This book was put together by a parent in her free time, with her kids as a fun project. Yes, we actually went up and down every street in Amsterdam looking for playgrounds! As a result, PLAY! AMSTERDAM represents a snapshot in time of the playgrounds, equipment and facilities available.

Things change quickly in this city, so unfortunately the information provided in this book cannot be guaranteed to be correct or complete. If you find that things have changed, or notice a playground missing from the book, please !


NEW PLAYGROUNDS

418   Skill level: Meerpark
Radioweg, between Kruislaan and Middenmeerpad
Highlights: This is a great adventure-type nature playground with fantastic and challenging equipment
Play equipment
  Climbing frame built into hill with:
    - 2 high curvy tube slides
    - Rope bridge
    - 3 balancing rope bridges
  Stepping stones over water
  Wobbly bridge over water
  Boat to pull across the water
  Log bridge over water
  Large climbing wall for all abilities
  2 seesaws
  5 swings
  Large spinning disk
  Small trampoline
Additional facilities
  None
Description
This is a fantastic new adventure-type nature playground. It is geared towards older kids and has lots of open water. Challenging bridges, a great double slide and a natural feel make this a great spot.
Opening times
Always open


417   Skill level: Corner of Blokmakerstraat and Hollandse Tuin, in courtyard
Highlights: Nice play area for little guys in protected courtyard
Play equipment
  Climbing platform with:
    - Small slide
    - Stairs
  Rocking motorbike
  Sandbox
Additional facilities
  None
Description
This is a good playground for little guys, although not very challenging for anyone bigger. It is set in a quiet courtyard.
Opening times
Always open

416   Skill level: Kop van Jut (behind Marcantilaan 289)
Highlights: Beautiful setting right on the water, green with relatively fun equipment
Play equipment
  Balance beam on springs
  4 wobbly platforms on springs
  Spinning ring
  4 vertical logs for climbing on
  Low log balancing/climbing frame
Additional facilities
  None
Description
This is a fun little playground with a beautiful view across the water. The play equipment will appeal primarily to smaller climbers, especially the fun set of logs stacked up at different angles against each other. It's not too challenging and there is a good amount of space for running around in.
Opening times
Always open

415   Skill level: Lepelstraat 48
Highlights: The climbing equipment is fun for medium climbers, with challenging monkey bars
Play equipment
  Long, curvy monkey bars
  Small hut
  Somersault bars
  Metal climbing dome
  Concrete posts for jumping between
  Low slide with ladder
Additional facilities
  Basketball area with 2 nets
Description
Climbers will enjoy this little playground and its metal climbing frame and monkey bars. It is somewhat limited, but spacious and the equipment is diverse.
Opening times
Always open

412   Skill level: Eerste Nassaustraat 25
Highlights: The rock water fountain here is very entertaining
Play equipment
  Wooden hut with:
   - Ramp with mountain climbing grips
  Rock water fountain
Additional facilities
  None
Description
The hut in this little play area is of great quality, but presents a somewhat limited challenge. The rock water fountain is great - lots of fun splashing and running around.
Opening times
Always open

413   Skill level: Polanenstraat 3
Highlights: This is a beautiful little oasis with simple yet fun equipment
Play equipment
  Small log climbing tower
  Water pump
  Small wooden hut
  Small pond with stepping stones
  Small vertical log
  Balance beam
  2 wooden figures with spinning sections
Additional facilities
  None
Description
This is a beautiful, green play area with nice, good quality equipment. It is the perfect spot for a quiet picnic or play break with little and medium guys. The pond with stepping stones is great fun, although watch out for wet feet!
Opening times
Always open

414   Skill level: Westerpark Overbrakerpad (by railway tunnel)
Highlights: This nature play area is amazing - lots of green, space, water and challenging bridges
Play equipment
  Different bridges made out of ropes, chains and logs
  Horizontal, vertical and stacked logs for climbing on
  Rope and log climbing course
  Bird's nest swing
  Cable track swing that goes over the water
  Huts, tunnels and a teepee made out of brances
  Boot to pull across the water
  Pond and man-made river for playing in
  Branches for building huts
Additional facilities
  None
Description
This big and beautiful play area is billed as a natural, adventure play area and it is fantastic. There are so many places to explore and so many natural 'obstacles' to challenge kids - definitely a place for medium and bigger kids to take some (controlled) risks and play like they are out in the country. There is lots of water around, so watch out with the littlest ones. For a list of ongoing activities, check out the website at www.woestewesten.nl.
Opening times
Not yet available


UPDATED PLAYGROUNDS

102   Van Oldenbarneveldtstraat
Highlights: This playground was recently renovated - it looks like play equipment will arrive at some point, but it is not clear if and when.
Play equipment
  None
Additional facilities
  Small sunken football area with 2 small goals
Opening times
Always open


84   Van Beuningstraat 14

Changes: This play area and football pitch have been ripped up and there is something new in the works. More details to follow...

21   Groenmarktkade

Changes: This playground and the surrounding area has been totally ripped up. Not sure what will be coming, and if it will include a playground. More details to follow...

104   Van Oldenbarneveldtstraat 31

Changes: This playground has been removed. The street has been recently renovated and there is a place across the street where it looks like a play thing may come. More details to follow...

352   Skill level: Speeltuin Kinderboerderij Nieuw Bos en Lommer
Wachterliedenplantsoen 2
Highlights: This playground is currently being renovated and looks to have some good, wooden equipment put in. The animals will return following renovation
Play equipment
  Climbing frame with:
  - Various climbing ropes and pole
  - 3 climbing seats
  Lots of vertical logs for climbing on
  Balance beam with platforms
  Peddle roundabout
  Rocking dog and duck
  6 swings
  2 baby swing
  Sandbox
  Large spinning ring
  High climbing platform
  Climbing platform
  Water pump
  Spinning tea cup
  High slide with ladder
  Rocking squirrel for 2 people
  Concrete posts for jumping between
Additional facilities
  Fenced-in football area with 2 goals
  Basketball 'net' with 1 entrance and 4 outlets
  Wading pool
  Table tennis table
  Petting zoo
Description
This playground is currently being renovated and it is not clear yet what all the equipment will be. The pieces that are new look great - good quality and somewhat more 'natural' since they are made out of logs and wood. The petting zoo is currently being renovated, but is scheduled to return when complete.
Opening times
Mon - Sat: 11:00 - 17:00 (Petting zoo 11:00 - 16:30)

373   Skill level: Mercator
Orteliuspad 1
Changes: The amazing climbing frame has been replaced by a less challenging, somewhat boring new one. The tube slide is still there, which is great, but the rest of the climbing frame will be missed.




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