play·​scape ˈplā-ˌskāp How to pronounce playscape (audio)
plural playscapes
: a play area or structure for children: such as
: 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
: 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

Examples of playscape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Four juveniles were arrested and charged in connection with a 2022 fire that burned a Wallingford playscape and other areas of Doolittle Park in Wallingford, police said. Staff Report, Hartford Courant, 14 Feb. 2023 These once-separate sets have been re-created as a united playscape of interconnected rooms and staircases, where directors can stage action that seamlessly flows from one room to another. WIRED, 3 Oct. 2023 Last year, The Wall Street Journal reported that Horizon Worlds has been struggling to keep users, but Meta has been improving the social playscape with features like world chat, improved moderation tools, and avatar legs. Jay Peters, The Verge, 3 Oct. 2023 Parents interested in bringing their kids will find plenty to do, including inflatable playscapes and face painting. Lily Altavena, Detroit Free Press, 7 Aug. 2023 The park targeted younger visitors and housed a number of playscapes and relaxation areas. Carly Caramanna, Travel + Leisure, 29 July 2023 The October fire at the park at 80 South Elm St. engulfed a playscape in flames and small fires were started on a basketball court and in a nearby portable bathroom, police said. Staff Report, Hartford Courant, 14 Feb. 2023 Family and friends will get a ton of use out of a bocce ball court, a fire pit and a playscape on the property. Karen A. Avitabile, Hartford Courant, 26 Feb. 2023 The tower, stage, and nature playscape will be closed at the park, which boasts trails and a fishing pond. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, 28 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of playscape was in 1959

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“Playscape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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