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Children playing on a modern playground.jpg
Playground Equipment Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: Leisure
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Documented values: 16
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.

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.

This key may also be used for play equipment that is not part of a playground, for example a sandpit belonging to a café.


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 Slide
playground climbingframe node area Climbing frame, also known as jungle gym, also as rope spider
playground climbingwall node way area Children's version of a climbingwall – 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 Small playground hill only – see also sport=toboggan.
Prangli lapsed kelgutamas.jpg
playground youth_bench node way A special kind of bench for youth on playground – often with seating at different, age-appropriate seat heights (or for sitting higher with another beam or a bar to put your feet down).
See also bench:type=stand_up.
Youth bench.jpg

Youth bench with two brown logs 2022-09-30.jpg

Youth bench in blue with two wooden boards 2022-09-30.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 (like a little suspension bridge)
Playground rubber belt bridge.jpg

Playground wooden wobbly bridge.jpg
playground funnel_ball node A funnel used to play funnel ball
Funnel ball.jpg
playground tunnel_tube node way area A tunnel for kids to crawl through
Example of tunnel tube on a playground
playground speaking_tube node way The kids stand at either end and can hear each other‘s voice through the sealed tube (typically tube runs underneath the ground)
Speaking Tube - Garden Exhibit - NCSM - Kolkata 2016-06-02 4046.JPG
playground ball_pool node area A pool full of colored plastic balls. Common at indoor playgrounds. Also known as "ball pit".
At children's level.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

Viper rope swing.jpg
playground spinning_circle node Spinning circle – a non-electric version of a treadmill (a slanted ring for turning, running and balancing, suitable for several children)
Spinning circle.jpg
playground basketswing node way area Basketswing
Playground swing 03.jpg
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, see also: leisure=trampoline_park
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. Sometimes also called a flying fox
Ropeway play.jpg

Activity devices

playground water node way area Various devices for playing with water, e.g.  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, such as naughts and crosses (examples)
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.

Additional playground equipment is being proposed at Proposed features/Extended playground equipment

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
  • locked=* - 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).