Friday, September 9, 2011

Road-sign fencing and YouthBuild


A fence made of roadsigns that I posted in 2008 is, oddly enough, one of the most visited posts on playscapes.  But it was just an there is a full instructable for road sign fencing courtesy of the construction manager for the Greensboro, Alabama chapter of YouthBuild, which is a national program funded by the Department of Labor that provides low-income young people a chance to study for their GED and acquire trade skills, all while earning a small stipend for their labor.

"The local county and state highway engineering offices donated old road signs, which we then cut, sanded, filed, and drilled to create pickets. Using jigs and a self-organized assembly line, the students manufactured nearly a thousand pickets for roughly 225 linear feet of fencing. By cutting and randomly re-assembling the signs, the graphics were broken and rebuilt into a new collage of abstract symbol and color."

In general playgrounds should not be fenced, and certainly not all the way around.  But sometimes a site dictates a partial barrier; this is a great choice.  
[via boingboing]

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