By: Stephanie Devine
On the way home from a long day at the office, you are driving past the local park like usual, but now a shiny new playground catches your eye. You quickly look in the rearview mirror and glance at your 5 and 2 year olds to see if they have also spotted it.
By: Christy Cooke
"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning." ~Plato
By: Nora VandenBerghe
Like many creative endeavors, the first dog park came about as a social experiment. Less surprising may be the location of that inaugural park in Berkeley, California. Yes, the same free-spirited, progressive city well-known for the hippie movement of the 60s had a decidedly pet-friendly point of...
By: Anne-Marie Spencer
Evidence Based benefits of Outdoor Exercise
Improved mental well-being and physiological health
Improved adherence to regular exercise, thereby driving positive health behavior change
Greater feelings of revitalization and positive enjoyment
Decreases in tension,...
By: Hector Garcia
As the movement for more green space continues to build momentum across the country, parks directors, planners, and designers are looking to streamline their park development projects.
Leading the way to ease this process is typically the most overlooked amenity, the park restroom. This process...
By: Antonio Malkusak
A very common and innocent exclamation used by millions of children every day across the world. To be welcomed and included in a play episode. It signaled the beginning of a great adventure – where that adventure led was up to the imaginations of you and whoever joined in on the fun. Was it...
By: Jay Beckwith
Ask anyone who’s tried it. Bringing natural elements to playgrounds is as they say … “muy dificil”. Let’s take a look at the obstacles systematically and then try to tease out design, programs and policies that will make “natural” play spaces more readily achievable and thus also more widespread.
By: Butch Defillippo
Often, when playground safety is brought up in a discussion, the focus centers on the playground equipment and surfacing. The equipment and surfacing are extremely important elements of a playground and there are standards, laws, and guidelines that can and should be reviewed when designing,...
By: Bernie DeKoven
Making the connection between playgrounds and theater is nothing short of brilliant, and nothing even shorter of obvious. Playgrounds, after all, are theater. Just ask the little actors running around shouting, "Watch me!" to their parents.