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Victoria commented on Playpod: Play coming your way...

What a fantastic idea! Mobilizing play to bring communities, families and children together makes this proposal particularly alluring. Furthermore, the availability of these kinds of critical public services is gravely lacking in many low-income urban areas. Playpod provides a feasible, low-cost, and innovative solution to this. Not only does it offer a means for low-income communities to ensure their children receive the learning and socialization experiences essential to early development, but it also has found a way to extend the cultivation of these skills beyond the space and time of the Playpod itself--allowing parents and children to learn and grow together. This certainly extends the utility and value of Playpod to communities across the US. I look forward to seeing this idea come to fruition! Some quick questions: I assume that space inside the pod is limited, especially if parents and children are meant to engage in activities together. What is the capacity of each Playpod and how might parents gauge wait times before heading out? If there is indeed a wait, is it possible to set up a place indoors somewhere parents and children can comfortably wait their turn, perhaps with partnering community centers? This may be a way to combine projects and recreation, establishing even deeper ties to the community and strengthening local organizations in the process. Finally, you mentioned the Playpod structure is made of steel and glass. Is there a means to regulate temperatures inside the pod, or is it generally intended only for more temperate climates and seasons? thanks!