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Public-images-osm logo.svg playground
Playground Equipment
Group: Leisure
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasmay be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: ApprovedPage for proposal

The key playground=* describes devices and installations on a playground. It should be tagged to separate objects within the area of a playground leisure=playground. Only when the position of the individual objects cannot be mapped yet, the tag can be added to the playground node as a first step.


Each item of play equipment is tagged as a node, way or area depending on its shape and size, using the playground key and one of the following values. Some other keys are available for special equipment.

Key Value Element Comment Photo

Stationary installations

playground structure Node Way Area Relation complex installation of connected playground devices comprising platforms, towers, bridges, to which further climbing/slide/swing devices can be attached to
playground slide Node Way Area Relation slide
playground climbingframe Node Area climbing frame, also known as jungle gym, also as rope spider
Climbing frame playground.jpg
playground climbingwall Node Way Area Relation children's version -- for all ages see sport=climbing.
Playground climbingwall.jpg
playground balancebeam Node Way Relation Balance beam in playground shape, often close to the ground
Playground Balance beam.jpg
playground playhouse Node Area Relation wendyhouse in some regions
playground sandpit Node Area Relation Sandpit
playground hopscotch Node Way Area Relation a hopscotch court
Hinkelbaan tegels.jpg
playground teenshelter Node Area Relation teenshelter
Teen shelter near former coastguard lookout, Watchet - - 1714960.jpg
playground sledding Node Way Area Relation small playground hill only - see also sport=toboggan.
Prangli lapsed kelgutamas.jpg

Motion devices

playground swing Node Way Area Relation swing
playground basketswing Node Way Area Relation basketswing
playground basketrotator Node a basket rotating around a pole (Basket Rotator, Basket Spinner).
Playground Basket-Rotator Berlin Germany.jpg
playground aerialrotator Node aerialrotator
Hanging roundabout.jpg
playground seesaw Node Way Area Relation seesaw
playground springy Node Relation a seat on a helical spring (Springy horse, Springy cow, ...)
Springy horse.jpg
playground trampoline Node Area Relation trampoline
Habantyi2015 Shamonin of Bashkortostan 14.JPG
playground roundabout Node Area Relation roundabout, also known as merry-go-round
playground cushion Node Way Area Relation Bouncy Cushion (like a flat bouncy castle, without towers)
playground zipwire Way Area Relation see also the "big brother" aerialway=zip_line.
Ropeway play.jpg

Activity devices

playground water Node Way Area Relation Wikipedia-16px.png Archimedes' screw, a water pump for making mud, and similar
Norden Archimedische Schraube.jpg
playground splash_pad Node Way Area Relation Wikipedia-16px.png Splash pad, a place for water play
playground horizontal_bar Node Way Area Relation also known as high bar.
playground activitypanel Node Way Area Relation Activity panel with various games (example).
Szwedy - plac zabaw - kółko i krzyżyk.jpg
playground exercise Node Way Area Relation Outdoor gym. See alternate suggestion on Proposed features/exercise point and on leisure=fitness_station.
Outdoor gym in Parque de Bateria, Torremolinos.JPG
playground user defined Node Way Area Relation There are further activity devices to be identified, such as learning installations, tic-tac-toe,... All commonly used values according to Taginfo

This table is a wiki template with a default description in English. Editable here.

Useful additional Tags

Descriptive tags

  • baby=yes/no if the equipment is primarily designed for babies
  • wheelchair=yes/no/limited if the equipment can be used by wheelchair users
  • walking_disability=yes/no/limited
  • sitting_disability=yes/no/limited if the equipment can be used by those who cannot sit
  • blind=yes/no/limited
  • name=* - of the equipment, not the play area.
  • min_age=* - Minimum age of the user in years
  • max_age=* - Maximum age of the user in years
  • centralkey=* - Where a key is required to access the equipment
  • material=* - wood, steel, plastic, etc.

Relation between playground equipment and the playground area

It is very helpful to associate the playground area with the playground equipment. To do this, use a relation as described in Relations/Proposed/Site. The relation should be tagged like this:

Advanced examples


Playgrounds, their structures and individual devices are often themed, mimicking ships, castles, cars or animals.

playground:theme=* can be used to describe them. Keep the theme to a major category, and any specifics to description=* or name=*, see examples:

Theme Image Tagging
Ship play structure Stroomi playground - ship.jpg playground:theme=ship


Octopus play structure

(popular in Japan)

PikiWiki Israel 11690 octopus slide in menachem begin park in bat-yam.jpg playground:theme=octopus


Castle play structure Jamie Bell 2012 Playground Castle 1.jpg playground:theme=castle


Rocket play structure Rocket Slide in Edmundson Park, Oskaloosa, Iowa.jpg playground:theme=rocket


Springy horse Springy horse.jpg playground:theme=horse


Springy cow Cow spring.jpg playground:theme=cow


Spiderweb climbing Climbing frame playground.jpg playground:theme=spiderweb


Dragon slide Ernst-Thälmann-Park Spielplatz 3.jpg playground:theme=dragon