playscape

noun
play·​scape | \ ˈplā-ˌskāp How to pronounce playscape (audio) \
plural playscapes

Definition of playscape

: a play area or structure for children: such as
a : an arrangement of natural elements (such as rocks, streams, and logs) on which children can play On Monday morning, ground is set to be broken on a 17-acre natural playscape within the park, set to open in 2020. It will be the biggest spot of its kind in the St. Louis region for kids and families to hop across a waterway, build towers with log blocks, get a closer peek at a ladybug and generally get happy in nature.— Valerie Schremp Hahn
b : a play structure for children consisting typically of a slide, swing, climbing walls, etc. The playground has two playscapes with slides, one for ages 2 to 4 and one for ages 5 to 12, each with plenty of opportunities to climb.— Susan Dunne "You know the playscape?" asked Zero. … You know that tunnel that you crawl through, between the slide and the swinging bridge? That's where I slept."— Louis Sachar After riding our bikes for two hours one night …, we sat on the swings across from the hippopotamus slide in the elementary school playscape, the rubber cold beneath us.— Ocean Vuong

First Known Use of playscape

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for playscape

play entry 1 + scape entry 3

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“Playscape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/playscape. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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