Bunhill Quaker Gardens

Charting the redevelopment of the Quaker Gardens between Banner Street and Chequer Street, London, in 02005.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Hanging out

I heard today that one of the Friends from the Bunhill Fields Meeting talked to the young people on the playground yesterday. Their comments on most of the playground features, including the blue ring, were positive. But they pointed to the climbing frame and said it was boring. Apparently it was designed not to offer white-knuckle thrills, but to encourage small-scale congregation and informal contact. As the Friend said, and as this photo shows, that appears to be what is happening. (For some reason, though, the idea of this 'hanging out' on the climbing frame reminds me of Hitchcock's The Birds).

This afternoon some boys decided to move a fair bit of the site-builders' equipment around as part of some loosely-structured fighting games. If there was any damage done, I may be able to help identify those responsible.


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