Hanoi Kids Delight in Playgrounds Made from Recycled Materials

Green outdoor playgrounds are seen as a model for creating a healthier and more enjoyable living environment in the city.


Every afternoon, the “Children’s Recycled Playground” in Hoang Lien 2 Residential Area, Lien Mac Ward, Bac Tu Liem District, is alive with the sound of conversation and laughter. Here, children come together to explore, create, and have fun in a unique and eco-friendly environment. The playground is made from recycled materials, giving it an eye-catching, vibrant aesthetic that is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. From swings and slides to hopscotch and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, allowing children to feel at ease and express themselves freely. With its one-of-a-kind design and endless possibilities for fun, the Children’s Recycled Playground is sure to become a favorite spot for kids and parents alike.

“There are few publicly accessible playgrounds for children,” said Phuong Thuy, a resident of the ward, “so it is our wish to have one that is safe and welcoming.”

 A recycled playground in Lien Mac Ward, Bac Tu Liem District. Photo: Greenhub

The Lien Mac Ward Women’s Union had an innovative idea to construct a playground using recycled materials and equip it with toys made from recycled materials, as per the statement of the union’s Chairwoman, Nguyen Thi Hong Huyen.

The playground, which cost nearly VND40 million (US$1,705) to build, is now complete, boasting a four-way seesaw, a tire wall, tables, chairs, and other necessary equipment.

Made of durable materials and vividly decorated, this is one of the city’s “green playground” models, designed to entertain children and improve their environmental awareness. Suitable for children, it provides a fun and engaging way to learn about the importance of protecting the environment.

In Viet Hung Ward, Long Bien District, a model known as the “Recycling Playground Corner” has been brought to life thanks to the support of numerous residents. This initiative provides an opportunity for citizens to learn about the importance of recycling and how to properly dispose of waste. Additionally, this model also encourages the community to come together and take an active role in reducing their environmental impact.

The Women’s Union of the local area announced that they are collaborating with other organizations in nearby districts to create more “Green Living” clubs that value environmental conservation.

 Children play at the Thanh Xuan District’s playground. Photo: phunuvietnam.vn

The Women’s Union of Khuong Mai Ward turned a yard in an old apartment building in Thanh Xuan District, which had previously been used as a dump for waste and construction materials, into a vibrant playground. The area now features beautiful flower pots crafted from recycled old car tires and plenty of outdoor playthings for children, such as swings, seesaws, and lanterns made from plastic bottles and jars. The playground is sure to bring lots of joy and happiness to the local community.

In recent times, citizens have taken to adorning playgrounds in their neighborhoods with recycled materials to make their cities more ecologically sustainable. By doing so, they are helping to create a greener environment and a healthier future for generations to come.

In the common drive, the Hanoi Women’s Union at all levels has created nearly 500 playgrounds and community activities since 2019. Among them, “green outdoor playgrounds” have been particularly hailed as one of their initiatives to make full use of recycled materials.

According to a survey conducted in 2022 by a team of researchers from the National Economics University, the average household in Hanoi was estimated to be willing to spend an average of VND60,000 (US$2.3) per month to secure an average of eight square meters of green area per capita.

The vibrant city of Hanoi boasts an impressive 63 parks and flower gardens, located primarily in its four districts of Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Dong Da, and Hai Ba Trung. These parks and gardens are open to the public and free of cost, with the exception of the West Lake Water Park.

Six new parks will be constructed in the city by 2025, including the 50.9-hectare state-funded Chu Van An Park in Thanh Tri District and a 31.7-hectare park and lake complex in Cau Giay New Urban Area. Both of these projects are being implemented by the Sai Dong Urban Development and Investment Joint Stock Company.

By 2030, a total of 60 parks are set to be developed – 18 of them will be newly-built while the remaining 42 will be improved and renovated versions of existing parks.