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Accessibility, Inclusion, Universal Design, Access for All? What do we need to know when considering more than the minimum requirements necessary for barrier free access for a play environment? Ken Kutska gives an historical perspective and describes the evolution of accessibility to inclusion.
City parks are serve complex and diverse needs, from recreation, to beautification, to providing a gathering space for citizens. One of the most valuable tools in discovering the trends, demographics, popular amenities, and usage data of city parks is The Trust for Public Land’s annual City Park Facts report.
The International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA), the playground industry's leading playground safety certification organization, will celebrate National Playground Safety Week (April 20-24) this week by highlighting the organization’s popular materials and resources to educate about playground safety and the scientific benefits...
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.
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!
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...
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.
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, 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jay Beckwith, playground safety expert, suggests rubber safety surfaces increase injuries on the playground. Do you agree? Join the discussion.
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!)
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.