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Places of Play Kansas City

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Places of Play Kansas City

helping Kansas City communities design and build the future of play, block-by-block where Kansas City’s kids live.

On the average city block, streets are often used as places to play. An unfortunate reality is parents don’t feel it is safe for children to walk alone to parks and playgrounds. Outdoor playtime is either non-existent or limited only to when busy parents have time to be with their own kids.

What if everyone on a block could connect with each other, identify and create shared places of play, and share responsibility for watching kids at play?

About Us


How did we get started?

About Us


How did we get started?

A group came together with the goal of using design thinking to empower communities at the Play4Tomorrow hackathon in October of 2016.

Click on the image for a video overview of the Play4Tomorrow event.

Click on the image for a video overview of the Play4Tomorrow event.

 

From the very beginning our team was driven by the idea of empowering people with tools and resources to build their own vision. The event was focused on reinventing the future of play and we believe that this ultimately works best when communities connect to design approaches that work for them.

Prototype


What does the first step look like?

Prototype


What does the first step look like?

In the design journey, POPKC will conduct over 100 customer interviews in the early design process. POPKC will reach out to the Kansas City professional sports teams and community resources such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA and KC Public Schools (including participants in the Play 4 Tomorrow Hackathon) in both design and implementation.

In the design journey, POPKC will conduct over 100 customer interviews in the early design process. POPKC will reach out to the Kansas City professional sports teams and community resources such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA and KC Public Schools (including participants in the Play 4 Tomorrow Hackathon) in both design and implementation.

POPKC is designing a prototype system for re-establishing a true sense of community, with kids and youth play as its foundation. 

The prototype design objectives are:

 

  • Establish a best practices model for organizing and creating places of play, and communicating with neighbors at the home-block level
     
  • Validate through research and analysis
     
  • Document the best practices model with a playbook field guide website and booklet
     
  • Apply emerging messaging and geolocation communications technologies to the best practices model; and
     
  • Cultivate a network effect to propagate success to other blocks