Groundwork Studio at the Railyard Park- 10th Anniversary Celebration, September 15-16, 2018.

At first glance, one might wonder, Is this a paint-ball course? A mini-rendition of Game of Thrones? A construction site with a slip n’ slide? Not quite. It is the site of a Pop Up Playground. Pop Up Playgrounds are events that encourage children (and adults) to create their own playground with materials, tools, teamwork and space. Using cardboard, wood pallets, tarps, fabric, scrap wood, mud and other loose parts, children work with families and new friends to build and paint forts, slides, teepees and whatever their imaginations inspire.

This was Santa Fe’s second time hosting a Pop Up Playground, but the first time in a public park. Santa Fe’s first Pop Up Playground took place at on May 12, 2018 at the Audubon Center.

For those feeling less adventurous, a crafting area was set-up with a variety of materials, including small branches, cut-flowers, string, seashells and rocks. The crafting area also allowed people to sit down and enjoy some shade amidst the surrounding construction.

This Pop Up Playground was a collaboration between the Railyard Park Conservancy and Groundwork Studio. It is the 8th Pop Up Playground that Groundwork Studio has helped plan and lead since 2015.