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Playground Equipment Edit or translate this description.
Group: Leisure
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
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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.

If a play equipment takes up the whole space of the playground's area leisure=playground, then tag it on the playground area itself with this key.



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 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 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 children's version -- for all ages see sport=climbing.
Playground climbingwall.jpg
playground balancebeam node way Balance beam in playground shape, often close to the ground
Playground Balance beam.jpg
playground playhouse node area wendyhouse in some regions
playground sandpit node area sandbox in some regions
playground hopscotch node way area a hopscotch court
Hinkelbaan tegels.jpg
playground teenshelter node area teenshelter
Teen shelter near former coastguard lookout, Watchet - - 1714960.jpg
playground sledding node way area small playground hill only - see also sport=toboggan.
Prangli lapsed kelgutamas.jpg
playground youth_bench node way area beams to sit or lean on
Youth bench.jpg
playground map node way area map (often a colorful political map) painted on a paved surface to teach geography
Playground Map, Washington Elementary.jpg
playground bridge node way area moving surface affixed to a few nodal points
Playground rubber belt bridge.jpg

Playground wooden wobbly bridge.jpg

Motion devices

playground swing node way area A swing or swing-set. For baby-friendly swings, e.g. bucket swings, use baby=yes/no
playground basketswing node way area 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 seesaw
playground springy node a seat on a helical spring (spring rider, spring rocker, springy horse, springy cow, ...)
Springy horse.jpg
playground trampoline node area trampoline
Playground trampoline.jpg
playground roundabout node area roundabout, also known as merry-go-round
Manually powered carousel on a playground in Saint-Petersburg.JPG
playground cushion node way area Bouncy Cushion (like a flat bouncy castle, without towers)
playground zipwire way area see also the "big brother" aerialway=zip_line.
Ropeway play.jpg

Activity devices

playground water node way area  Archimedes' screw, a water pump for making mud, and similar
Norden Archimedische Schraube.jpg
playground splash_pad node way area  Splash pad, a place for water play
playground horizontal_bar node way area also known as high bar.
playground activitypanel node way area Activity panel with various games (example).
Szwedy - plac zabaw - kółko i krzyżyk.jpg
playground exercise node way area 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 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.

Other attractions

Some playground facilities (that might require a fee to enter) offer small attractions like carousels and similar. Those features are described here: attraction=*.

Also, facilities designed for an older public (e.g., giant chess boards) are usually described with leisure=pitch combined with sport=* (e.g., sport=chess).

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

To associate the playground area with the playground equipment, simply draw the playground as area and add the equipment as independent objects (nodes, ways or polygons) inside.

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

description=Sailing 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


Mapping all objects on one node

Only when the position of the individual objects cannot be mapped yet, the tag in theory can be added to the playground node. Note that this data would not be helpful for mappers improving it and any improvements of this data would require full resurvey. This type of mapping is not popular (1,6% of playground=* keys as of 2017).