"Eureka Villa" Permanent Adventure Playground and County Wide Pop-ups by SCV Adventure Play

submission by jemime
"Eureka Villa" Permanent Adventure Playground and County Wide Pop-ups by SCV Adventure Play

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

SCV Adventure Play

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


SCV Adventure Play provides space, time, materials, play-workers and play-work training to support self-directed play for children and adults, while advocating for the right of children to play as fundamental to their well-being.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


SCV Adventure Play is teaming up with Pop-up Adventure Play of the UK who will send an official play-worker to expand our pop-up adventure playgrounds into low income communities throughout LA County and help these areas cultivate their own play culture and spaces. It will also further develop "Eureka Villa" a permanent adventure playground in Northern LA County as a destination for young people to play on a beautiful 2 acre wild space and serve as a training ground for future play-workers.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

(e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County):

Santa Clarita Valley

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Play” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to open space and park facilities

Number of children enrolled in afterschool programs

Per capita crime rates

Percentage of residents that feel safe in their neighborhoods

Attendance at major league sporting events

Residents within 1⁄4 mile of a park (Dream Metric)

Number of residents with easy access to a “vibrant” park (Dream Metric)

Number of parks with intergenerational play opportunities (Dream Metric)

Number (and quality) of informal spaces for play (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to play.


What we can do to make LA the best place to play is provide a space and materials where people can vibrantly engage in play that stretches their abilities, gives them exercise, challenges their problem-solving skills, and encourages socialization.

Adventure Play is different than typical play spaces and activities because it is totally open-ended, player-led, multifaceted, believes in the concept of play-workers to support kids with or without parental supervision, and is adaptive to any culture and community. One of the best things about adventure play is that it is ever evolving to the needs of the participants, as projects are created and destroyed, as materials come and go within the landscape, and interests and focus change.

We will help kids get out of the home and back into the parks and playgrounds by giving them time and materials to explore their areas and meet and connect with neighbors. It will help foster community by getting families and neighbors together creating safer neighborhoods for kids and adults alike. The more people playing outdoors the safer it is.

Our play-work education program will continually support free play and its benefits by outfitting others with the ability to facilitate more free-play events in numerous communities and homes in L.A. County with the goal of improving the quality of life through play for all. Adventure play supports implementing and engaging neighborhoods to claim spaces to play in which may be otherwise unused. Many pop-up adventure playgrounds can restore empty or vacant lots into vibrant play spaces just by adding kids, loose parts and cardboard boxes.

In addition, our outreach for play will continue to look for places where we can help facilitate and expand play opportunities in LA County. Our philosophy is that play is a human right, a social issue rather than only a parenting one.

With the support of this grant, the start-up of Eureka Villa will give LA County claim to the 7th Adventure Playground in the United States. Eureka Villa will also be one of the only locations in the US to develop regular play-work training program which will produce individuals skilled in the psychology of play and further the reach of our mission to make open-ended play a priority in children's lives. At this point such programs exist primarily in Europe. Eureka Villa will serve as a hub for play-work training in the western hemisphere.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Many of our goals will move forward at their own unique pace and we plan to implement a series of "follow-ups" to the areas we focus on increasing play space and camaraderie. Due to our focus of supporting communities to develop their own play spaces organically we want to make sure we are not just passing through but a constant source of support for the communities to sustain a safer and playable neighborhood.

Bi-weekly team meetings: Both our pop-ups and Adventure Playground teams will meet to discuss observations on how to best solve problems and make changes to our sites both temporary and permanent. Discussion, observation, and reflection are essential to connect with each other and the playground participants in a meaningful assessment of their play needs.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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We weren't able to produce this video in time for it to be part of the submission but please check it out to really get a handle on what we are up to. :) Oh and then please vote for us!


by ericaelarsen
5 months ago

We at Pop-Up Adventure Play LOVE the Santa Clarita Valley Adventure Play site! So please vote today and get this project up and running!

by popupszan
5 months ago

The infamous EUREKA VILLA! Here is a fly through of the incredible property which will hold our future adventure playground! Excited as we are??


by ericaelarsen
6 months ago

This is a great project! Adventure Play should be available to all children, everywhere!

by littlezan
6 months ago

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Winner Announced
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