KABOOM! Chinatown PlayZa Project
PCDC is partnering with TinyWPA and mural artist Chenlin Cai to transform 10th Street Plaza into a safe and fun play space for children in Chinatown. The project will include an interactive ground mural and playful seating area. The design features Chinatown’s local history and culture, and the bilingual game prompts will encourage caregiver-child interaction, literacy learning, and speaking and listening communication skills. The project is supported by KABOOM!’s Play Everywhere award, which is funded by the William Penn Foundation.
Survey – April, 2021
調研 – 2021年4月
A community survey was conducted to learn about community member’s vision for the 10th Street Plaza. The survey shows that the Chinatown community finds the 10th Street Plaza unsafe and noisy. Few of the respondents regularly stop by the plaza although they’d love to meet friends, have lunch, and simply relax at this space. More seating, decorations and community events are recommended to make this space more welcoming.
爲了瞭解社區對十街廣場的願景，PCDC進行了社區調研。調研發現， 華埠社區認為十街廣場不安全且嘈雜。儘管受訪者很想在廣場上與朋友見面、吃午飯、或放鬆一下，但是很少有受訪者經常光顧廣場。 社區希望在廣場上增加座位和裝飾，並多舉辦社區活動，使這個空間更受歡迎。
Workshop – March to May, 2021
工作坊 – 2021年3月至5月
PCDC, the mural artist Chenlin Cai, and the designer Alex Gilliam from TinyWPA held three online and one in-person workshops for students from Chinatown Learning Center, Children’s Village, and FACTS Charter School. These workshops introduced the project’s design concepts to children in the neighborhood and helped the designers to incorporate design elements that are important to them.
Mural Day – September 26th, 2021
壁畫日 – 2021年9月26日
After nine months of community engagement and design, PCDC’s Chinatown PlayZa project entered the installation phase. The mural design by artist Chenlin Cai features a map of Chinatown that tells the history and stories of the neighborhood, building upon Cai’s Koi Pond mural created in 2019 at the Plaza.
On September 26th, 2021, PCDC and Chenlin Cai hosted a Mural Day for community members to paint this ground mural at the 10th Street Plaza. Around 100 people from diverse backgrounds and age groups participated in this event.
Building Day – October 24th, November 6th, 2021
建造日 – 2021年10月24日、11月6日
TinyWPA designed six modular lily pad-shaped structures that form a playable seating area at the Plaza. PCDC and TinyWPA hosted two Building Days for the community members to build the “lily pads” together.
Opening Ceremony – December 8, 2021
開幕式 – 2021年12月8日
Work hard, play even harder! The Chinatown PlayZa is now officially open for play!
The Chinatown PlayZa is special, because it is a play space designed with community feedback from children in Chinatown, most of whom lack a nearby public space to play. This 10th Street Plaza is on the path for hundreds of children in Chinatown every day, and we wanted to activate the space for them. We started this project with three goals in mind:
- To create a welcoming, safe, and fun play place for children in Chinatown.
- To share the history and stories of Chinatown with the next generation.
- To encourage intergenerational play and interaction.
- 與下一代分享華埠的歷史和故事 。
We know the intergenerational language barrier can be a challenge for many immigrant families, and we hope to use good design, shared neighborhood history and bilingual game prompts to overcome that barrier and create a space that encourages intergenerational bonding.
We are grateful for our partnerships with Tiny WPA and artist Chenlin Cai. Thank you to the Chinatown Learning Center, FACTS Charter School and Children’s Village for their help to set up workshops, where we brainstormed with the students about what they want the space to look like.
Special thanks to Carol Wong, Lihang Lin, and Sindia Guerrero, who provided generous support for the project and many helpful feedbacks to our design.
特別感謝Carol Wong、Lihang Lin和Sindia Guerrero，他們為項目提供了慷慨的支持，並為我們的設計提供了許多有用的反饋。
This project would not have been possible without the support of KABOOM! ‘s Play Everywhere Award, funded by the William Penn Foundation, and was vital to making our shared vision a reality. Thank you!
這個項目的實現離不開由William Penn基金會資助的KABOOM! 的Play Everywhere獎項的支持，這個獎項對與實現我們的共同願景至關重要。感謝！