About Us

Transforming education one playground at a time.

 

What We Do

 
Play360 trains organizations to build low-cost sustainable playgrounds as a means of improving education throughout the developing world.

Why Playgrounds

Playgrounds foster skills needed for the 21st century: collaboration, cooperation, creativity, and innovation.  A safe, inviting, dynamic playground gives children – in any community – the opportunity to challenge and explore their world on their terms.

How We Work

To save money, time, and other resources, Play360 utilizes local materials, local labor and local tools.
Play360 playgrounds are designed for widespread adoption.  We use locally accessible materials such as concrete, tires and logs.  Playgrounds are built with shovels, hammers, saws and machetes – tools readily found in almost all communities.  Play360 provides local organizations a series of pictographic instructional books that allow community members – without the need of literacy skills – to build each playground element.
Play360 trains local organizations who, in turn, work with many schools. Training local organizations is essential to wide-spread impact; local organizations are immediately connected with the language, the communities, and stakeholders. Emphasis on the local allows organizations to maintain, repair and expand playspaces and learning resources as needed.

Leadership

Executive Director Jon Racek has successfully managed Play360 trainings and builds in ten countries.  A graduate of College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, California, Jon is currently a faculty member at Indiana University. Having previously resided in United Kingdom, Australia, and Thailand, Jon now lives with his wife and two daughters in Bloomington, Indiana.