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.

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...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 12:12pm

This Mother's Day, why not get the whole family together for some creative fun and games? Here are 10 ways to inject some laughter -- and love -- into your Mother's Day celebration.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:46pm

The Science of Peer Pressure by Wooden Toy Shop

by: Kacey Mya
Posted: Monday, May 8, 2017 - 3:25pm

Maybe you just moved in to a new house, or perhaps your babies are starting to walk and they are ready to explore the outdoors. Whatever your case may be, you need a kid friendly backyard to keep your children happy and occupied. The obvious addition would be a play structure or a swing set. Every kid loves those. Those are great to have in your...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:01am

Spring and summer are on their way, and it’s time to spruce up the back yard!  Here is a collection of the best DIY outdoor toys, climbing structures, and play spaces to make for kids.

by: Amanda Aparks
Posted: Friday, May 5, 2017 - 11:01am

Cyberbullying kills. There’s simply no way to sugarcoat that tragic fact. In addition to being driven to suicide, victims of online bullying suffer damage to their self-esteem. Many become depressed and withdrawn. The web which had been a place to play games, listen to music, read, and interact with friends suddenly becomes an unsafe place.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 8:28am

Poland is kicking the concept of a traditional bike trail to the curb. On Sept. 23, the rural town of Lidzbark Warminski opened a short biking path that glows blue in the dark. Charging by day via the sun, the special section of trail is a new addition to a larger recreation path that leads up to Wielochowskie Lake.

Reeve's Peeves and Obsessions
by: Reeve Brenner
Posted: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 11:06pm

My name is Larry R. and I’m an accountant blessed with two children, two sons who are autistic, or more properly, on different stages of the autistic spectrum. The two boys love to play ball as do their parents with them. But when I take the family to a park it nearly breaks our hearts.

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, May 1, 2017 - 12:42pm

The Wave Factory Citywave will be the Official Training Wave of the Swiss Surfing Association Announced by The Swiss Surfing Association and The Wave Factory via their respective social media accounts this morning, Olympic surf training will officially be taking place on a wave machine! This marks a historic moment in the surf park and man made...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 9:43am

Have extra glowsticks from a night of fun? Well, don't throw them away! Freeze them for the next night and see how you can make the night even more entertaining with these fun ideas with common household items!

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 11:46am

Do you remember those first clamberings, the tentative propulsion upwards, the scrambled search for a purchase with feet or hands, a roughness of bark rubbing legs and arms as they grappled with the ascent? The liberation of leaving the ground behind and entering the leafy expanse above was an exhilirating paradigm shift. The world opened up from...

by: KaBOOM!
Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 3:15pm

The Parks and Recs team showcases the many aspects of playability in their city.

by: Rolf Huber
Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 7:17pm

Standards provide the ability to measure accurately. They can be specifications, test methods, procedures, practices and in some cases guides. The Guides are unique as they offer choices for the user to achieve an outcome, while Specifications set requirements that must be adhered to. The definition by the national Standards Writing Organization (...