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Anne-Marie explores how people see play for children. While we all know play when we see it, some speak of it as a way for young children to learn, as a catalyst to breed cooperation, interpersonal relationships, coordination, and as the very foundation for life success. Amazingly, there are still those who think play is trivial.
This is Part 3 of 3 articles by Ken Kutska as he continues his discussion on the Hazard Based Approach to Standards Development for playground design.
Las Vegas - Bright lights, fine dining, star entertainment, all the latest innovations and ideas in the recreation and park industry...what? Which of these items does not seem to belong? The Playground Professionals team enjoyed meeting colleagues at the 2015 NRPA Conference in Las Vegas.
The first day of Fall is here and so is the Surfacing issue of Play and Playground Magazine! Read it today!
PaleoPlay, which is all the sorts of play that children engage in that does not involve things that are manufactured, has been enjoyed by children for millennia and has virtually nothing to do with playgrounds. Jay Beckwith challenges recreation departments to provide for PaleoPlay.
I had the pleasure of visiting Portland, Oregon a couple of weeks ago. I spent much of my time seeing their newer playgrounds, and I have to say I was incredibly impressed. Their playgrounds were far from the cookie cutter playground that I often see in large cities.
Often when playground safety is brought up in a discussion, the focus is centered on the playground equipment and surfacing. The equipment and surfacing are extremely important elements of a playground, and there are standards, laws, and guidelines that can and should be reviewed when designing, building, maintaining, and supervising playgrounds....
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Encouraging creativity and ingenuity in children is an important part of their emotional development. Loose parts play works by providing children with a safe, well-stocked environment that encourages open-ended and creative play.
The Seattle Center, home of the iconic Space Needle, has become Seattle’s locus of community engagement.
Ken Kutska furthers the discussion with thoughts and examples of unintended use of playground equipment. Ever run up a slide? Play tag on it?
Jay Beckwith looks at what he calls "simple-minded studies" that dictate safety standards and risk management mandates that have dumbed down play settings to the point of absurdity. See if you agree.
Ken Kutska explores the dilemma of new innovative playground equipment's lack of solid definitions for ASTM and CPSC standards. Risk and safety pose the problem of balancing "not too much and not too little" in playground design.
I have come to understand, and to some extent accept, that my effort at making safe places for children to play is a failure. The few good playgrounds are a tiny fraction of the places where most children are. Jay Beckwith addresses the issues that inhibit safe places to play.
This month is Parks and Recreation Month, and I would like to take this month to let you know about some of the new, interesting, and stirring ideas, programs, and facilities that I have come across lately...ASTM F3101-15, BaseTern, Civic Crowdfunding, and Green Roofs.
Is exercise fun? Is it play? Anne-Marie Spencer encourages us to lead active, playful lives and explores the issues of our increasingly sedentary lives. She answers the excuses: It's too difficult. It's boring. I don't have time. I'm too tired.
The digital online version of the latest issue of Play and Playground Magazine all about Inclusion is now available to be read.
Three new very different playspaces have recently opened in different parts of the country - Abernathy Greenway Linear Park, Magical Bridge Playground, and Casey's Clubhouse. The different approaches that the community took to create these spaces demonstrate the vast possibilities for inclusive design.
Jay Beckwith explores the latest trends in playgrounds. The loudest chatter is all about challenge. People are complaining that playgrounds are boring and that their children don’t want to go to them, but this need not be the case.
Bernie DeKoven reminds playground manufacturers, sales reps, and owners to remember who and what playgrounds are for - children and FUN! This heartfelt message should be read from time to time to remember the fun!