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, 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: Nicole Stoddard
Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017 - 10:36am

Preparing your class for Playground Safety Week need take only a few minutes of advance planning, and SLYDE the Playground Hound is here to help. Adapted for ages 4 years to 2nd grade, you can be sure to find something for just one or multiple activities. Remember, activities should be focused on reinforcing safe behavior at the playground. Our...

by: Kacey Mya
Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 3:46pm

Spring is here and the playgrounds are open again! All of us have fond memories of playing at recess or going to the park with our families. Playgrounds are a great place to enjoy the outdoors with friends and to develop our physical fitness and agility.

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 (...

Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 6:53pm

Ashburn, Va. (April 10, 2017) — Environmental sustainability and the protection of the earth’s natural resources, including open space, is a growing priority for communities large and small. A recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) found that most Americans want their local government, including park and...

by: ABCreative
Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 5:39pm

After the concept and budgeting phase, you’ll want to think about safety surfacing, shelters & shade along with your parking and restroom needs.  When planning for your park or playground, it is always important to know who your audience is. It’s easier to anticipate who your audience will be when building a school playground. Teachers and...

by: Michele Breakfield
Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 5:21pm

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 county residents, youth and local leaders joined Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Metro Division, and Cunningham Recreation for the second Healing Communities Through Play™ playground build at Druid Hills Park in Charlotte, NC. More than 100 volunteers worked together;...

Posted: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 6:36pm

Ashburn, Va. (April 3, 2017) — Where we live, work and play can directly impact our physical and mental health. To more aggressively combat negative health factors such as obesity, diabetes, asthma and anxiety, leaders of the nation’s built environment and public health organizations today pledged their support to promote greater collaboration to...

by: Kids Preferred LLC
Posted: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 6:15pm

Fisher-Price™ Elephant & Giraffe Wrist Rattles; Fisher-Price™ Monkey & Toucan Wrist Rattles

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 - 6:06pm

Ashburn, Va. (March 27, 2017) —  For the third year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN, to help fund local park improvement projects in 16 U.S. cities through the national Meet Me at the Park campaign. During...

by: ABCreative
Posted: Monday, March 6, 2017 - 11:59am

The first step in the process is all about the concept and planning for your park or playground. Create a vision for the playground. When creating your vision, start with the end in mind. These questions will help you get started.

Updates from IPEMA
by: International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association IPEMA
Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 12:35pm


Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 11:55am

Ashburn, Va. (Feb. 28, 2017) —  Children across the country are reaping the benefits of a national out-of-school time initiative aimed at improving childhood nutrition and increasing physical activity through local parks and recreation.

Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 1:09pm

]Ashburn, Va. (Feb. 16, 2017) — The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), a network of more than 52,000 park and recreation professionals and advocates, is proud to announce that Tom O’Rourke, a leader in park and recreation management, has been chosen as the new director of the renowned NRPA Directors School. O’Rourke replaces Dr. Phil...

by: ABCreative
Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 12:20pm

ABCreative is excited to announce the addition of a new product line, Percussion Play, the world’s leading outdoor instrument manufacturer with over 200 distributors in over 60 countries. Musical instruments on the playground are a growing trend. Percussion Play’s outdoor musicalinstruments are durable, sustainable, and can be installed to cope...

by: ABCreative
Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 7:06pm

Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 2:41pm

Time for Writing Grants

by: Kids Preferred LLC
Posted: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 2:13pm

The classic children’s book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books is the beloved story of a bunny wishing good night to all he sees before turning in for the night. Vibrant illustrations and lyrical text combine to make the perfect book for the end of the day.  Kids...

by: ABCreative
Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 7:12pm

In our work, we often hear stories of how park and playground projects get done – ranging from how it gets funded to the installation and more. The Karnes Playground in Roanoke Park, Kansas City, MO, is the story of what one community did to make change happen in their neighborhood park.