Baltic Street Adventure Playground is a young organisation, which was set up in 2013 by the art and architecture collective Assemble, and arts organisation Create, as a temporary and direct response to the lack of play space and out of school provision for community of children and families in Dalmarnock.
Local demand and the impact the project was able to have on children’s day-to-day lives lead to a small management committee being formed from the temporary project team and existing volunteers, and, with on-going input from the children, work begun to make the project permanent.
The Community Interest Company which was established has a board of six, a staff team of four and a community of some 250 children . The organisation was developed using an incremental and responsive approach, which thoroughly involved the children every step of the way, from the development of the site to the appointment of the playworkers.
Throughout this process, the organisation has invested in relationships with families and neighbors. The collaborative culture and community spirit which has grown out of this has an enormous embedded value and is increasingly resilient. It has the potential to be an active and critical part of the area’s future growth for many years to come.
Baltic Street Adventure Playground illustration by William Goldsmith.