Playgrounds

ANSONIA — A wooden playground built by volunteers 25 years ago at the Ansonia Nature Center was torn down Tuesday afternoon after a city inspector deemed it a safety hazard. “Children had gotten splinters and although we knew that it was going to be taken down and replaced, the timing of it took us by surprise,’’ said Wendy Sabol, the nature...
As Summer rapidly approaches, many people are dreaming of vacation, summer camp, or just relaxing at the pool. Whatever your summer plans may involve, we’re here to help make them that much more memorable for you and your children; and, the best part: it won’t cost a penny (besides the gas it might take to get you there). We reached out to some...
castle
Play is a critical part of physical, emotional, mental and social development for EVERY child. Especially for children with disabilities, play is therapy – both physical and emotional. On the physical side, children’s muscles need to be exercised just like anyone else’s. And most importantly, on the emotional side, children need to interact and...
Ball playing sports facilities, including community fields, courts and courses, receive the greatest funding, attention, promotional support and real estate in our communities.
playground at Earl M. Lawson Elementary in Leavenworth
Tim McNamara, CPSI, ABCreative Playground Renovation Addresses All Abilities of the Children After 15 years, the aging post and platform playground at Earl M. Lawson Elementary in Leavenworth, KS, had outlived its usefulness. Parts were becoming hard to find and with the school being the home for the district’s Functional Life Skills program,...
The opening of the outdoor play area coincides with new child admission charges to the castle and gardens.
Imagination Station Arson
TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN) — An intentionally set fire destroyed the Imagination Station playground in Troutdale Saturday morning, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
Amsterdam’s Wild West
Ed's note - I'm a fan of Glasgow-based City of Play. I'm a sucker for cable spools and other playcycled materials. Though I'm born and bred in Canada, my roots are from Scotland's west coast. Having had the good fortune to visit and stay with family on several occasions as a young boy, I have a soft spot for the places along the River Clyde where...
Lets Play
KaBOOM! has teamed up with Let's Play to award $20,000 playground equipment grants to 5 communities. Let's Play is an initiative by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to provide kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority.
One Thousand Playgrounds
On January 25th, 2016, the Playground Ideas community reached its 1,000th playground. What started with a small band of volunteers building playgrounds along the Thai/Burma border in 2007 has grown into a global network of play advocates.
Freedom Park
By Seth Nidever- Public criticism of changes to the handicapped-accessible playground at Freedom Park dominated the Hanford City Council meeting this week. Nine people stood up during the public comment period to say that the rubberized, cushioned surface around the playground equipment should remain rather than be replaced by cheaper wood chips...
A slide at Richmond's Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment. (Photo: City of Richmond)
Danger lurks in many places at the Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment in Richmond, B.C. The so-called "million dollar playground" in the Vancouver suburb has a 10-metre-tall treehouse, a twisting slide, and 35-metre-long ziplines. There are plenty of opportunities for kids to fall and hurt themselves — and one neighbouring community likes...
Playcore
Mara Kaplan- Building a community inclusive playground takes a lot of people, knowledge and funds. The idea often starts with a group of dedicated volunteers and their first step is research. They want to know what is already out there, how to raise money, how to select a site, all of that before they even get to how to make it inclusive.
Constitution Gardens Park
Constitution Gardens celebrates the past, present and future of Gaithersburg with unique interactive play spaces that have been inspired by the cultural, economic and natural history of the area.
Shanes Inspiration
A well-constructed playground is much more than a place for kids to play—it is a place to develop skills and physical fitness as well as an area to socialize and make new friends. I recently became aware of an organization that is filling the needs of normal, developing children as well as those with disabilities: Shane’s Inspiration. To garner...
Jurors
In September we released a global call for entries to our Play Space Design Competition after identifying three locations to serve as inspiration—a school, a library, and a recreation center in Philadelphia. Forty interdisciplinary teams responded with innovative play space designs to fit the needs of the surrounding communities. Five countries (...
Play for all abilities
One of the biggest challenges we faced as we started designing the Play for All Abilities Park (PAA Park) in 2008 was trying to communicate to our citizens, council members and business community that an inclusive playground shouldn’t only be for those with visible or well-known disabilities...
my fantasy landscape #1" illustration by sunjaya.deviantart
Bernie DeKoven-Playgrounds of the imagination are open whenever we are. They are everywhere we are. We can visit them in bed, on a walk, in the woods, looking up, eyes open or closed. Even when our bodies are no longer as flexible as our minds are, we still have our imagination to keep us free and alive and full of wonder. Imagination. Such a...
Kayals Hands
PRESCOTT - The Kayla's Hands playground will be built this spring, Kiwanis Club of Prescott leaders said at a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday, Jan. 25. Kayla Mueller was confirmed dead nearly a year ago, following an 18-month ordeal as a captive of the Islamic State group in Syria. She had been working as a humanitarian in Turkey near the Syrian...
BCI Burke
In 2011, several mothers of children with special needs recognized the need for an inclusive playground in their community, where children of all abilities could play, exercise and have fun together. Over the next two years, they raised $350,000 with help from the local United Way Chapter, private donors and the New York Jets. These funds were...

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