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.
October 1, 2018 Child Health Day in the United States raises people’s awareness of how they can protect and develop children’s health. This event is annually celebrated on the first Monday of October.
Playground Guardian’s exclusive “Cloud” based inspection software, Park Protector, isn’t just for inspecting playground equipment. Recently, Playground Guardian released an InspectALL add on module allowing users to inspect anything in their parks systems, including skate parks, trails, shelters, restrooms, ball fields, recreation centers, etc.
Malaysia has been in the news a lot this year and not for the best of reasons. I have had the opportunity to fly to Malaysia three years in a row to conduct the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) course for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). In addition, I have presented the Clemson Playground Maintenance Technician Course twice. This has been an interesting and rewarding personal international experience. I would like to share with you what has been accomplished over this short period of time.