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Confessions of a Playground Guru
Gymboree Play and Music
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 11:32am

Today is a red-letter day for me. Having created dozens of playground innovations I finally have one that is patented. Interesting read about Jay Beckwith's experience with the playground equipment patent process.

On Playfulness
Playful expression of Miruku - Flickr
by: Bernie DeKoven
Posted: Monday, April 13, 2015 - 3:09pm

Though speculating on the benefits, origins, and/or functions of play is always interesting, and sometimes even worth a good laugh, that we play, in my opinion, is a phenomenon even more worthy of our collective exploration, worthy of even more profound laughter. Defining playfulness!

EcoPlay Playgrounds - new logo
by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 2:51pm

Safeplay Systems Inc., a designer/manufacturer/installer of commercial playground equipment made from post-consumer, recycle HDPE plastic (milk jugs) based in Marietta, GA, announces its name change to EcoPlay Playgrounds and launches its new brand and corporate website. This announcement comes at the beginning of the 25th anniversary of the...

Signs Spring has sprung
by: Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 2:24pm

Was it was dark when your kids boarded the school bus this morning? Did you happen to notice birds chirping instead of the distant rumble of a snowplow? Although it’s hard to believe, spring has finally sprung! A fun way to welcome spring and to make it a family affair is to turn it into dinner conversation starters. Check out these ideas.

Lacoste Elementary School playground project in Chalmette, La.
by: No Fault Sport Group
Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:11am

In helping to rebuild the public school systems in St. Bernard Parish following Hurricane Katrina, this playground project had an accelerated schedule of 20 months, from design through construction, to address the demands of the increasing returning population of St. Bernard Parish.Check out the exciting design!

Cre8Play New Hire Danny Bird, Innov8or
by: Cre8Play
Posted: Monday, April 6, 2015 - 9:15am

Cre8Play, custom play designer and manufacturer, is pleased to announce that industry veteran Danny Byrd has joined the Cre8Gang to lead the team in design innovation. Danny holds six patents and brings enthusiasm and a wealth of industry knowledge to Cre8Play.

Playsafe and Live Well!
Food at Parks
by: Butch DeFillippo
Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 3:09pm

An important element of eating that is sometimes forgotten is the locations at which we are eating. Many times, where we eat is just as important as what we eat. It is indisputable that people love to eat outside. We love to have picnics in the parks. Here are some ideas that may help you, your community, and your department agency rethink the way...

Reeve Brenner - Bankshot Sports
by: Reeve Brenner
Posted: Monday, March 30, 2015 - 3:03pm

I don’t know how happy we should be celebrating an ADA milestone birthday. The ADA as an enactment remains in large measure a distraction from and perhaps a distortion of the purpose of inclusion of the disabled.

Movement and Physical Education Benefits Academic Success
Posted: Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:56am

Recent developments in brain research have provided physical educators and play advocates with an avenue that connects physical activity with academic success. There is now a connection that provides us with substantial research that demonstrates that cognitive benefits can result from quality physical activity and play opportunities.

Confessions of a Playground Guru
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Monday, March 23, 2015 - 3:53pm

A recent discovery by Jay Beckwith - the majority of what we adults do when designing for play has little to do with what children seek and is for the most part about what adults expect. Jay has created a chart that is useful when designing from the learner’s needs rather than the adult’s expectations.

Play and Playground Magazine Spring 2015 Construction issue
by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 1:01am

We’ve always been about play – we just didn’t have it in our title! Playground Magazine is now Play and Playground Magazine! And the latest issue - Spring 2015 - is now available to be read for free online.

Have You Heard?
Expression Swing by GameTime
by: Anne-Marie Spencer
Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 3:56pm

Every once in a while something comes along in the playground industry that not only changes the game, but makes us all proud to be a part of such a wonderful endeavor – the Expression Swing.

On Playfulness
Paul Klee PlayArt
by: Bernie DeKoven
Posted: Monday, March 16, 2015 - 2:56pm

Bernie DeKoven challenges playground designers: That a “good” playground is not just a place where children or adults can exercise safely, but even more, an environment that is conducive to play, to playful, creative, social, physical, intellectual, spellbinding play.

Journey to Inclusion
Developmental Disability Awareness Month
by: Mara Kaplan
Posted: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:38am

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan declared March to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Here are some suggestions for you to help promote awareness this month.

Confessions of a Playground Guru
Rubber mats under swings
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 1:01pm

Jay Beckwith, playground safety expert, suggests rubber safety surfaces increase injuries on the playground. Do you agree? Join the discussion.

The Anarchy Zone
Snow tunnel at Fire and Ice Event
by: Rusty Keeler
Posted: Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:00am

Rusty Keeler reports - Well, we’ve done it again. Another successful and fun Fire and Ice Festival at the Anarchy Zone and Ithaca Children’s Garden. That’s right: we need play in winter just as much as summer (maybe more - winters in upstate NY are long and cold!)

On Playfulness
Darumaotoshi(w:ja:だるま) Photographed on 7 January 2006. Source: Photographed by Bpw
by: Bernie DeKoven
Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 3:06pm

The discovery that we can get ourselves to play (or playfulness, or find some way to have something like fun with it all) – almost whenever we want, almost with whatever we feel like playing – is profound and empowering.

Kutska's Korner, A Commentary
Certified Playground Safety Inspector
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 3:01pm

Over the past few weeks a series of comments and questions related to the CPSI examination process have surfaced on one of the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) social/professional networks appropriately named, NRPA Connect. As I reviewed the questions and comments, the primary concern or issue is the requirement to re-certify by...

Updates from IPEMA
Follow IPEMA at the 2015 Conference on the Value of Play
by: International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association IPEMA
Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 8:33am

We are in Clemson, South Carolina for US Play Coalition’s 2015 Conference on the Value of Play! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for live updates.

Confessions of a Playground Guru
ThudGuard helmet
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 - 3:18pm

I recently posted this image of the ThudGuard helmet on the Linkedin Playground Safety: Balancing Play Value & Injury Prevention group and asked what the members thought about it. After the predictable bout of mocking, the discussion became quite interesting.