Bike trails offer citizens a multitude of valuable benefits. They act as corridors that wind through our communities connecting neighborhoods, attractions, business districts, and landscapes. Bike trails are a critical element of a comprehensive recreational system. Trails allow a diverse range of users to participate at their own speeds, scale, and preference. More than that, bike trails entice the average person to reconnect to nature, experience the outdoors, and promote physical activity. Additionally, bike trails encourage movement and mobility, serving a separate function as a means of transportation.
Attention Playground Owner/Operators! Revisions in industry standards require updating your existing playground management safety program. International Playground Safety Institute, LLC (IPSI) is offering a new and improved 5th Edition, including a new upgraded interactive CD of the forms and worksheets as described within the book.
I have written previously about my contention that playgrounds and the playground industry have become increasingly out of sync with the needs of children and our communities. It is time we look at ways to make playgrounds more relevant. To begin that discussion we need to start by establishing what the fundamental conditions that support play are. At the most basic level, there are really only two things one needs to provide for play to thrive: Choice and Safety. While these words appear simple, we will see that, in this context, they are very complex ideas.