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.

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.

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.