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Kutska's Korner, A Commentary
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 12:35pm

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.

Playground Professionals booth at NRPA Conference
by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 6:34pm

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.

Playground Surfacing Issue
by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 4:28pm

The first day of Fall is here and so is the Surfacing issue of Play and Playground Magazine! Read it today!

Confessions of a Playground Guru
Neanderthal - PaleoPlay
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 3:49pm

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.

Journey to Inclusion
Portland Oregon parks
by: Mara Kaplan
Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 3:48pm

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.

Playsafe and Live Well!
Picnic table and shelter - Photo courtesy of Creative Recreational Designs Inc.
by: Butch DeFillippo
Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 3:47pm

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....

2015 NRPA Conference
by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 9:24am

Playground Professionals will be exhibiting at the 2015 NRPA Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Visit Booth #2161 to discover the wonderful resources offered in their website with Play and Playground Magazine, Play and Playground News Center, The Play and Playground Encyclopedia, Park and Recreation Equipment Directory, and Local Playground...

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