Category Archives: Playground Design

A Natural Way To Play

Natural playgrounds and play spaces featuring terrain-embracing elements are popping up across the country. In addition to being visually appealing, kids also love connecting with nature when they play. Here are a few photos. To see more examples, check out this post by Alice Webb on the Land Perspectives blog: http://bit.ly/qk9u9i

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Zap Playground Surface Static

ForeverLawn’s Playground Grass Ultra, with XStatic anti-static technology, is a new synthetic turf that reduces static build-up on the playground surface, which can be a serious problem for those who rely on electronic devices such as cochlear implants. While static build-up on the playground is nothing more than a nuisance to some, the fact that any child might be affected more seriously led ForeverLawn to research ways to eliminate this problem. “When we heard that kids with hearing aids were … Continue reading

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A Playground For All

Indiana’s first boundless playground opened in Fort Wayne recently, and everything from the play equipment to the ground itself has been designed to allow children both with disabilities and without to play together in an inclusive setting. The playground, called “Taylor’s Dream,” began as an idea from a little girl named Taylor Reuille. When 11-year-old Taylor realized that there were many kids with disabilities who couldn’t play at playgrounds in her community, she and her mother, Casey Booher, researched and … Continue reading

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Synthetic Turf Field Contest

Behind every synthetic turf field, park or installation, there could be a sports team winning against the odds, kids improving their fitness and self-esteem, or a community hosting a local Special Olympics event. The Synthetic Turf Council recognizes these powerful stories and more with its annual Search for the Real Field of Dreams Contest. The 2011 Search is now accepting nominations from the United States and Canada. “More than 6,000 synthetic turf fields are open across North America, along with … Continue reading

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The Sights And Sounds Of Play

Play is a social catalyst as old as civilization–an activity that when harnessed properly incorporates all of society and builds a stronger culture. In the past, park playgrounds have focused almost exclusively on children. Playground elements were typically single-activity structures designed for sliding, swinging and climbing. The problem is that this type of play appeals to a small number of users and a certain age group. Large segments of the population, which are either physically challenged or of an age … Continue reading

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