The rise of Urban Playing

Like many people I consider cities as a giant playground. Amsterdam seems to be particularly suited for this role. Skateboarders and rollerskaters have more or less pioneered the urban playing aspect of cities. Now also the more conservative sport of golf is turning towards playing in public city parks. At least the Vondelpark in Amsterdam was temporarily altered into a public golf course last Tuesday. I was wondering if litigation laws in the US would permit such a sport like golf to be played in a truely public park. Surely it is played with hard litte balls, that travel at fairly high speed,  that can essentially hit unexpecting pedestrians in the park. Question to the blog visitors: what other sports do we see taking themselves into the public domain? Do you see innovative businesses being built around them?

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3 comments on “The rise of Urban Playing

  1. In many parks you see people play Chess or Baggammon. Or you can place Exercise Equipment in there, like in Thailand (http://www.123rf.com/photo_10071880_exercise-equipment-in-public-park-kanchanaburi-thailand.html). In Boston most parks have tennis, baseball and basketball courts. Just for free. What I like about that concept is that it makes sports really a social thing, because everybody gets together, and just like with Fitness: you just can go and play whenever you want to. And it is outside so it is more relaxt.

    What I would love is if you could do certain sports outside that normally would have to be played indoors. I play for instance Squash and every summer I think “I’m going to change to tennis… it’s to hot in here…”. But also after a day of working in a office I want to go outside in stead of going into a Gym or so…

    Take it from here Jan!:)

  2. Your comment triggered a memory. Some years ago I lived accross a Tai Chi master named Tang Wei. Two times a week, he was exercising with his group of Tai chi students straight in front of my house. I lived on 3 high in amsterdam with large windows facing the Tai Chi spot. That was a great sight. After a while I have hired him to do Tai Chi with bank employees. Afterwards, I regret that we went indoors for that workshop. The effect would have been much greater when the Tai Chi would have been taught in public space. Let’s say on a beach or in a city park or on a roof. Also I could have saved on the cost of renting the indoor location. So open air can definitely add value. Rutger, as for your cherised hobby, do you actually need a theater to play improvisation?

  3. Pingback: Do you actually need a Theater to play Improvisation? | Let's play Innovation!

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