Having returned to the UK, I was sad that one of the first emails to greet me was to do with the threatened closure of Irvine Adventure Playground in California.
Irvine is one of only a handful of Adventure Playgrounds in the US. Open for more than thirty years, Irvine has consistently provided enthusiastic, messy play for local children, with a water slide and very popular mud pit.
It closed for renovation work for the last two years, so I couldn’t visit it on this trip, but locals were dismayed to recently hear that the closure might be permanent. The State has faced desperate financial trouble, without a doubt, but many people don’t know or don’t yet understand how Adventure Playgrounds provide uniquely beneficial (and yes, cost-effective) play opportunities for children.
If you want to contact the City Council representative, details are below: