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Playground Professionals News Center offers exclusive content written by prominent leaders in the industry as regular monthly columnists as well as other contributors who submit their news and views. The Playground Professionals News Center also includes sections of recently published news articles on play, playgrounds, projects, products, parks and recreation, people, press releases, health and safety, toys, and fundraising as well as opinion pieces and a calendar of events.

Outdoor play - via Modernize
Posted: Friday, September 4, 2015 - 11:30am

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. 

KOMPAN Sky Walk - Seattle Center playground
Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 3:15pm

The Seattle Center, home of the iconic Space Needle, has become Seattle’s locus of community engagement. 

Kutska's Korner, A Commentary
Double slide
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Monday, August 31, 2015 - 1:01am

Ken Kutska furthers the discussion with thoughts and examples of unintended use of playground equipment. Ever run up a slide? Play tag on it?

Confessions of a Playground Guru
Brachiating on monkey bars
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 1:54pm

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.

Kutska's Korner, A Commentary
Climbing a slide - unintended use - Shutterstock 102166951
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 3:21pm

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.

Confessions of a Playground Guru
Unsafe play in polluted water
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 1:57pm

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.

Playsafe and Live Well!
Outdoor fitness equipment
by: Butch DeFillippo
Posted: Monday, July 20, 2015 - 1:44pm

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.

Have You Heard?
A family walk in nature
by: Anne-Marie Spencer
Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 - 11:17am

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.

Play and Playground Magazine Summer 2015 Inclusion issue
by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 5:29pm

The digital online version of the latest issue of Play and Playground Magazine all about Inclusion is now available to be read.

Journey to Inclusion
Abernathy Greenway Linear Park - Wonderwall
by: Mara Kaplan
Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 4:34pm

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.

Confessions of a Playground Guru
Challenging deckless playground by KOMPAN
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 3:16pm

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.

On Playfulness
Children playing on a school playground during recess. Shutterstock: Mat Hayward
by: Bernie DeKoven
Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 9:02am

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!

Kutska's Korner, A Commentary
A Recipe for Access for All
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Monday, June 8, 2015 - 1:01am

EQUATION FOR ACCESS FOR ALL Barrier Free Accessible Design Requirements + Inclusive Design Principles + Thorough Safety and Risk Assessment + Accurate Plan Implementation + Ongoing Compliance Management and Practice = Universal/Inclusive Access for All

Have You Heard?
Health Happens Outdoor Fitness and Walking Trail - Ocala Florida
by: Anne-Marie Spencer
Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 11:21am

In the city of Ocala, located in Marion County, FL, a new initiative around health, fitness, and wellness is proving beneficial to local residents. A new outdoor fitness park, the Health Happens Outdoor Fitness and Walking Trail, located at the Marion County McPherson Complex, is providing the community with an outlet to get fresh air and exercise...

Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
by: Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 11:17am

There are about 70,000 elementary schools in the Unites States and a few weeks ago a couple of them had a whole lot to celebrate. The “Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes” announced that two lucky schools are the winners of a $30,000 grant and new playground.

Playsafe and Live Well!
VanNess family - bicycling enthusiasts
by: Butch DeFillippo
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 9:25am

May is national bike month, and I have been an avid cyclist for more than 17 years. I wanted to take a moment to cover some of the new bicycle information, laws, designs, and activities.

Sufacing needs regular maintenance
by: John McGovern
Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 1:54pm

We all know the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design requires frequent and regular inspection and maintenance of playground surfaces. But what does regular mean? What does frequent mean? What does maintenance mean?

What Parents Really Look for at the Playground
by: Scott Hornick
Posted: Monday, May 11, 2015 - 11:39am

It is no surprise why kids love going to the playground. Being outside, combined with the adventure of all the elements a playground has to offer, it is the perfect place for kids to relax and have fun. But what about the parents? What’s in it for them?

On Playfulness
Imaginary Playgrounds
by: Bernie DeKoven
Posted: Monday, May 11, 2015 - 10:40am

Imagine imagining a playground, just for the fun of it. A completely imaginary playground that doesn’t need to be strong or safe or public. Your own, private, personal playground that is fun just imagining yourself playing in. Bernie DeKoven and his granddaughter Reina have some ideas!

US Play Coalition and Association for Childhood Education International
by: US Play Coalition
Posted: Monday, May 11, 2015 - 1:01am

Recess may be a fun part of a child’s school day, but according to research unveiled in the US Play Coalition’s latest white paper “The Critical Place of Play in Education,” nothing could be more serious – or important. In fact, play is an essential activity that enhances children’s health, well-being, development and capacity to learn.