So what is a Junkyard Playground and how can it be used to bring your schools community together and allow young a sense of ownership over the project and allow them learn and develop new skills.

The Junkyard Playground originated in 1943 in Emdrup, Denmark. The idea of landscape architect and designer Carl Sorenson, the playground was built by young people for young people on an abandoned block of land next to one of Europe’s earliest housing estates.  Over 200 young people  aged 6 -16 filed through its gates on the first day. 

Using whatever materials they could find, ingenuity and of course imagination the young people created a world of their own within the adult world.  They built 20mtr towers, created underground warrens, a police station, and baker’s shop, basically an entire village.  Within this village they ruled, they created their idea of a real community, sorted out their own arguments and in doing so created something magical. 

Since then the idea has spread across the globe but sadly due to the ever, increasing pressure on parents to keep their children “safe” at risk play and play in public space has slowly been disappearing.   

So what are proposing?  Inspired by Sorenson and the movement he began we are proposing to host a Pop Up Junkyard Playgrounds at schools and various locations around Melbourne and beyond. Using recycled materials sourced from the communit y including timber, old tyres, ropes and anything else we can find.   Facilitated by a team of community/public artists and adventure play workers young people aged 6-16 will rule the roost.   

The young people here are the artists, designers and builders.  Our facilitators will be there to arm them with the skills they will need to bring their village to life and to ensure they do so safely. 

In the lead up to big day we propose to run workshops with young people to engage them in the idea, teach them how to safely use the tools required and set parents minds at ease.  

The sites will be an adult free zone (except for our facilitators) whilst our team  of builders, designers and artists get to work (parents or guardians of young people with special needs will be welcome on site). A viewing platform will be allocated for teachers and parents, guardians etc. who are welcome to watch the village come to life.    


Primary Stage 1 (Y1-2), Primary Stage 2 (Y3-4), Primary Stage 3 (Y5-6), Secondary Stage 4 (Y7-8), Secondary Stage 5 (Y9-10), Secondary Stage 6 (Y11-12)


Albury, Ballarat, Bathurst, Bendigo, Geelong, Melbourne, Melton, Shepparton-Mooroopna, Warrnambool, Wodonga

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