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Play and Playground 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 Play and Playground 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.

Updates from IPEMA
by: International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association IPEMA
Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 10:09pm

95% agree that the safety of playground surfacing and equipment is important to them. With the many benefits of children’s play, including the development of critical physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills, IPEMA and the Voice of Play want to make sure all parents are making time for their kids to engage in regular free play and...

by: Tim Mcnamara
Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 8:34pm

Children learn through play. It helps develop them physically but also enhances their imagination, intelligence, and social skills.  Playgrounds are a place where kids can have fun just engaging in free play. When it comes time to choose play equipment, you want age-appropriate pieces but also equipment that challenges them to explore, learn and...

by: Michele Breakfield
Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 4:18pm

On June 9, 2017, Play 4 ALL, a division of Cunningham Recreation, accomplished its third Healing Communities Through Play ™ project in Rockford, IL. Together with the Rockford Parks Dept., Rockford PD, County Sheriff’s office, and Sharefest volunteers, a brand new playground was built in Levings Park. Local installer, Custom Playgrounds,...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017 - 8:47pm

Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses the new findings from Northeastern University live on "GMA," which reveal that daily physical activity may help improve your child's report card. ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 8:04pm

”Just one more scoop”, the father intones to his pre-schooler for the second time in as many minutes. “It’s time for us to go.” Here in the southeastern reaches of Toronto’s Dufferin Grove Park, the three-year-old digger boy is busy moving dirt from a deep channel to level ground in the most ginormous kid’s sandpit in Canada.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 6:37pm

Rang Maidan is a playground project of epic proportions - 50 playgrounds, all across India, in just 1 year. This global collaboration involves amazing people from India, Australia, Canada, and the U.S.A., and we're all here with one goal in mind. Our mission here in India focuses mainly on the low-income government schools, where we will be...

by: Kacey Mya
Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 5:13pm

Keep your kids fueled for playground fun this summer by packing healthy snack options ahead of time. Stocking your pantry with healthy alternatives, compared to standard chip and cookie options, ensures you’ll reach for healthy snacks when rushing out the door for a playground playdate. 

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 9:22pm

The warning signs of drowning are most often seen, not heard. Those visual cues may be subtle, not dramatic, counter to what’s portrayed on TV or in movies. “There is nobody yelling for help, waving arms. It’s very silent,” said Mike Kapuscinski, aquatics director for the Treasure Valley Family YMCA. “You can’t call out when you’re drowning...

by: Suzanna Law
Posted: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 2:02pm

Playground Professionals is honored to be "Riding the Top Box" with Pop-Up Play as they Play Across Canada! We challenge all you play and playground professionals to help Pop-Up complete the tour by donating toward their £5,000 goal.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 9:58pm

It's hard to believe that these stress-relieving toy's were invented in the 90's and just now becoming the latest craze. Unless you've been living under a rock, you've seen these spinning in kids hands. They are even buying them in bulk and capitalizing on the frenzy by selling them 3 for 5 bucks! Go, young entrepreneurs!  Skip the middle man and...

Posted: Monday, May 29, 2017 - 10:10pm

Barbara Tulipane, CAE, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s FY18 budget

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, May 29, 2017 - 5:52pm

Five benefits of unstructured, open-ended play: Play helps boost social skills. Children learn to be more resilient. Child-driven play develops leadership skills Nature play provides for open-ended, creative, free play Unstructured play keeps children active. See more unstructured play details here

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, May 29, 2017 - 5:23pm

There is a silent tragedy developing right now, in our homes, and it concerns our most precious jewels - our children.  In Victoria Prooday's new blog post, she encourages every parent who cares about the future of his/her children to read it. She knows that many would choose not to hear what she says in the article, but your children need you to...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 12:18pm

Research has proven play interventions to be powerful, cost-effective poverty reduction tools with sustained impact. If the next generation is to succeed, governments, education ministries, and the international development community must take bold action to increase access to quality play, particularly for children in disadvantaged contexts.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 11:39am

For the third year, Play Across America is proud to present the best playgrounds of the year found all throughout the United States. They initially started this list because they were blown away by the amazing playgrounds parents were discovering and sharing and each year they continue to find amazing playgrounds that they just can’t help but...

by: National Recreation and Park Association
Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 10:51am

Building on the success of our Meet Me at the Park Earth Month campaign, NRPA and The Walt Disney Company are coming together to invest $1 million in innovative play spaces grants. It is well known that play is vital to our health and wellbeing. This investment supports NRPA and Disney's combined goal of providing one million kids and families...

Reeve's Peeves and Obsessions
by: Reeve Brenner
Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017 - 10:11am

Ball playing sports facilities and play spaces, including community fields, courts and courses, receive the greatest funding, attention, promotional support and real estate in our communities. These “mainstream” play spaces do not mainstream. They exclude the differently able, the physically and cognitively challenged, the mobility impaired and...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 9:52am

Contact: Nicole Stoddard Company: LuckyDog Recreation Phone: 1-800-388-2196 Fax: (208) 652-3285 eMail: [email protected] Ernest Hemingway Elementary, Ketchum Idaho: The students at Ernest Hemingway Elementary have been enjoying their new playground for almost a year now. The new playground equipment replaced old equipment that had been in...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 - 12:33pm

There's a kind of play we call "creative." It's easy to spot creativity because it usually involves people playing with things like clay, paint, markers, crayons. It gets a bit more subtle when they're playing with LEGOs, blocks, pipe cleaners. And even more subtle when they're playing with sand, rocks, bottle tops.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 10:43am

Parks are emerging as important public health solutions in urban communities. Nearly 40 years of research evidence confirms that nearby nature, including parks, gardens, the urban forest and green spaces, support human health and wellness. The research about active living and opportunities to avoid chronic diseases (such as diabetes, heart disease...