Salvaged Play

Philadelphia, PA

This project gives trees a second chance at a playful life, transforming them into salvaged wood treehouses and accessible play safety surfaces.

Philadelphia’s Park System has over 10,000 acres of public parks, with hundreds of thousands of trees. Every day, fallen and diseased species are taken to the Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center to be repurposed as mulch. Our project steps in before that process, transforming tree limbs and stumps into interactive treehouses, climbing structures, and play surfacing as part of several research projects: the Urban Treehouse Project, Philly Made Engineered Wood Fiber, and PlayLand, a summer pop up that explores the potentials of play and community engagement.


This project is a partnership with the Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center.


The Urban Treehouse Project and PlayLand are currently visioning projects. Philly Made Engineered Wood Fiber should begin testing in summer 2018.