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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.

Mother and Daughter - Together Counts
by: Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
Posted: Monday, May 4, 2015 - 1:33pm

On top of their many (many!) roles, Moms are impressive jugglers. They are known to balance work routines with multiple school schedules, errands, team sports, and after school activities—all before getting out the door most mornings. Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation supports busy Moms with free resources to plan active and healthy activities...

Confessions of a Playground Guru
Meitiv Family - free-range advocates
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Monday, May 4, 2015 - 10:58am

I’m sure you’ve heard the recent story about two children, 10 and 6, being arrested and hassled by Child Protective Services (CPS) for walking home from the park, not once but twice. If this was the only case of overzealous police and CPS, we could easily dismiss it as an isolated incident. Unfortunately, it is not.

Journey to Inclusion
Designing Restrooms for Inclusive Playgrounds
by: Mara Kaplan
Posted: Monday, May 4, 2015 - 9:50am

Recently, I received an email from a mom that really made me think. It wasn’t the typical type of question I receive: “Where can we purchase an accessible merry-go-round,” “What can you send me to help our community get started in planning?” No, this was about hand-dryers in restrooms.

Play Pulse from US Play Coalition
by: US Play Coalition
Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 9:04am

The Play Pulse is the newest initiative of the US Play Coalition. It is a quarterly publication that addresses play indicators and trends, evaluating the upside and downside of each topic while providing practical actions for addressing these issues in everyday life.

Kutska's Korner, A Commentary
Inclusive Design - Image courtesy of phasinphoto at
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 11:37am

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.

Have You Heard?
The Trust for Public Land
by: Anne-Marie Spencer
Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 1:49pm

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.

Updates from IPEMA
International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association
by: International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association IPEMA
Posted: Monday, April 20, 2015 - 9:10am

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...

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.