Play Design, Themed Indoor Playgrounds

Spring 2014

Play Design - Spring 2014 Issue Vol.14 - No.1

What’s new in play design? Lots of things! Today’s play designers are thinking “outside of the box” to address the relationship of play and design. Inclusive design is a hot topic making play possible side-by-side with children and adults of all abilities. Including natural elements in children’s play areas offers exposure to nature that is often limited especially to our urban children. Themed playgrounds offer an opportunity for imaginative play. And our tech-savvy kids have electronic elements built into some play equipment pieces to spur their interest in playing outdoors.

In This Issue...

10 Plus Playground courtesy of KOMPAN
By: Jay Beckwith
With nearly 50 years of play design experience, Jay Beckwith discusses the necessary elements of play that must be considered when designing a play space. Great thought-provoking article!
Casey’s Clubhouse walkway photos are courtesy of City of Grapevine, TX
By: Todd Lehman
Our kids deserve more. They deserve a play environment that grabs them when they walk by, makes their jaw drop, and shakes them silly instead of one that says, “Hey, I’m over here if you’re bored.” 
Shady Lane Park Birds's Eye View
By: Anne-Marie Spencer
The grand opening of Shady Lane Park in Houston, TX on Oct 10, was an event that capped off the NRPA Congress.   It is the 4th in a series of “leave behind projects.”  It seems there is something new to be learned from each ribbon cutting or grand opening in the recreation industry.  Shady Lane was...
Technology meets playgrounds
By: Ian Proud
How vital are playgrounds in today’s society? For many people, unstructured outdoor play is viewed as a luxury, not a necessity. As a result, children don’t devote as much time in unstructured outdoor play as they did decades ago. 
Polar bear playground at the Assiniboine Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba
By: Alexandra Estanislao
The longing to play is a natural desire in all children. Play is fueled by curiosity, and creative playgrounds spark spontaneous play for kids and provide wonderful opportunities for children to interact and actively learn. It is through the option of diverse types of playgrounds that various types...
Alex Smith, PlayGroundology
By: The Play and Playground Magazine
PlayGroundology “There is much art in the creation of vibrant public play spaces. Their aesthetic, their physicality and their spatial rendering push mind and body to new imaginative experiences. This presents a great opportunity for virtual galleries like...
Steven King and Children on LSI Play Equipment
By: Steven King
Steve King and his wife Barb founded Landscape Structures, Inc., a commercial playground equipment manufacturer headquartered in Delano, Minnesota in 1971. Steve is chairman of the board of the company and is also a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a Certified Playground...