"Bring on the Blocks" by Dr. Jean...lots of ideas and downloadables on the importance of block area play - also downloads for standards achieved in the block center
On a brisk autumn walk the photographer Brian Furbush discovered Ramsay Gardens; a block of sixteen private apartment buildings in the Castlehill area of Edinburgh. (detail)
CINDER BLOCK STAIRS...use dirt and some "step-able" plants for a greener area! I'd also add some decking wood with a dark stain to the tops of each step and paint the bricks.