Playground township Otjiwarongo Namibia Petra Hekkenberg and Linda Brunott designed and made a playground and survival park in Namibia. This was on a voluntary basis in service of the non governmental organisation Penduka, where Petra did her internship in 2010. There was a timeframe of two months for the two projects. Keywords were local people, local materials, recycle, learn+educate and of course PLAY!
This slideshow shows the playground that was build in the township of Otjiwarongo, a village three hours north of Windhoek. The survival park is presented in the next project.
Playground devided over five gardens Because the municipality could not provide a suitable plot for the playground, the decision was made to place the playsets in five gardens. The gardens belong to Namibian women that make embroideries for Penduka and they are all located in the same block in the township. The families agreed to open their garden for the public during the day and will monitor the usage. A safe and durable situation compared to the playgrounds in the public space, which all are in very bad shape.
Together with the community We designed and build the playground together with the cummunity. To create ownership and provide the local people work. The welding was done by a young welder and we hired seeral local men to place the play sets. The women that work for Penduka helped on voluntairy basis and did all the painting.