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by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017 - 8:41am

If you live within a ten-minute walk of a public park, count yourself lucky. For millions of Americans, urban outdoor recreation spaces are few and far between and usually require a drive. As a result, it’s often hardest for those living in low-income neighborhoods to access parks. But cities are increasingly making an effort to distribute...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 9:30am

The northern and eastern boundaries of Toronto’s Grange Park tuck up close to two venerable institutions, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). Over the years, the park has been featured on many a canvas and in innumerable sketches and watercolours. Canadian Group of Seven member Arthur Lismer led art...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 9:52am

When it’s time for an upgrade, choosing the perfect bike can get confusing for some of you. But that doesn’t mean you pick the first bike you find, especially when it’s your first bike. Looking for professional bikes with a solid design and additional features is never easy. That requires accurate knowledge and understanding about what type of...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 9:12am

(Reuters Health) - Kids who spend more time outdoors and who play sports are less likely to be near-sighted, according to a recent study in a large, diverse group of urban 6-year-olds. “Lifestyle in early youth is very much associated with onset of myopia,” Dr. Caroline Klaver of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam told Reuters Health in an email...

by: Awesome Spot
Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 12:27pm

"Appropriate design recognizes that a child with a disability is a child with abilities!" Play is very much a social process and the opportunity to be included should be available to every child. Often, planning efforts related to mobility impairments overshadow the necessity for a more comprehensive approach focused on understanding children...

by: Kacey Mya
Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 8:00am

It’s almost time for your kiddos to head back to school. And, while they’re busy enjoying the last few weeks of summer camp, late nights and sleepovers, you’re already wondering what you’ll need to buy for the impending academic year.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 8:00am

It’s no secret that city parks and green space are good for more than recreation. They’re beneficial to residents’ physical and mental health and can even have an impact on such big, thorny problems as climate change and voter disengagement.

by: Michele Breakfield
Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 8:00am

Bentley’s Playground Phase 2 officially opened Saturday, June 24, 2017. The universally accessible play area at Keokuk, Iowa’s Tolmie Park was dedicated before a crowd of volunteers, donors and local families. Bentley and several other children lined up with their parents for a ribbon cutting ceremony during the program. A moment that was eagerly...

Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 9:17am

Ashburn, Va. (July 6, 2017) — According to a recent survey conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the typical American spends five hours per week on outdoor play, which includes exercising, participating in organized sports, playing with kids at a playground, taking a walk in a neighborhood or local park, or taking a...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 9:43am

You probably already know that poured-in-place (PIP) rubber surfacing is the most popular playground surface choice for city parks and school playgrounds. The reasons are many. PIP safety surfacing gives you color, designs and theme options that are eye-catching (to attract the kids) or that blend in with the existing landscaping (to keep the...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Friday, July 7, 2017 - 2:13pm

Last year The Lower 9th Ward Market opened the first laundry facility in the neighborhood since Hurricane Katrina. This Friday, June 30, the market will hold its grand opening for a music playground. Officially named The Hangout, the park serves as an interactive art and sound installation created by The Urban Conga. The grand opening—which will...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:52am

For Dorchester parent Roberto Cardoso, the pressure to find a summer camp for Lianna, his 8-year-old daughter and only child, never goes away. He’s already worried about what she’ll be doing in the summer of 2018. “Every year it’s a struggle,” he said. “It’s a lot of pressure for working parents like us to try to come up with an affordable summer...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 1:36pm

Play isn’t all fun and games — it’s also an important teaching tool! Think of it as recess and study hall rolled into one. Through play, kids learn how to interact with others and develop critical lifelong skills. These 6 benefits all play an important role in raising well-rounded children. Learn about these benefits here.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, July 3, 2017 - 10:10am

Congratulations to Soda Springs, ID, for winning a $20,000 grant through the Kaboom video contest. Right in Playground Professionals' backyard.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Friday, June 30, 2017 - 10:57am

In the heart of downtown Winnipeg’s immigrant community was a park that was virtually forgotten. Central Park had gone from being a prominent, historical landmark to a neglected, high-risk area. After undergoing a revitalization, Central Park’s image has been transformed into a safe and fun place for children and families to enjoy for years to...

Reeve's Peeves and Obsessions
by: Reeve Brenner
Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 3:07pm

Hartford, Conn. (June 16, 2017)—Coach Kevin Ollie wants to give every child a shot, regardless of their abilities.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 11:15am

Robbin Miller, the author of the children's book "Playgroup Time," has published her second picture book titled, "Three Best Friends."

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 10:16am

VANCOUVER, BC and HUNTERSVILLE, NC--(Marketwired - Jun 13, 2017) - Biba Ventures, a leading company in the smart playground movement to decrease screen time and get kids outside, and PlayPower, Inc., a global leader in the recreation industry, today announced a partnership under which PlayPower has installed Biba's technology in more than 200 new...

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...