Category Archives: Playground Design

H.O.P.E. For The Best

Preston’s H.O.P.E is a fully accessible inter-generational park that goes beyond the traditional playground to ensure a unique opportunity for physical and imaginative exploration for all generations. Located on the property of the Mandel Jewish Community Center in Beachwood, Ohio, the park provides a recreational environment where families of children with all types of disabilities can participate equally with able-bodied peers. With an overall budget of approximately $2,000,000, The Preston Fund secured private funds and donated goods and services, and … Continue reading

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A Tale Of Two Playgrounds

Over the years, observing my own children and reading books and articles about play has led to some new ideas. Play is what children do when their time is not being organized by adults. It is essential for children’s development. It is not a time when care-giving is absent. However, it is a time when children control and manipulate their world into imagined environments. They set their own agendas and make up the roles. So the design of a playground … Continue reading

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Kids Are Common Denominator

Parks and playgrounds provide some of the greatest memories of youth. For children, playing in a park, on a playground or at home is more than just fun. It is a way of exploring the world around them and building social, physical, cognitive, emotional and creative skills. For children with special needs or disabilities, playing brings challenges that require extra consideration. Unfortunately, the park-design process has historically neglected the special needs of children who have disabilities. More and more communities, … Continue reading

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Boundless Playgrounds

Sometimes heartache and inspiration walk hand in hand. Several months after the heartbreaking death of their nine-month-old son Jonathan, Amy and Peter Barzach, at the suggestion of a grief counselor, sought a meaningful way to honor their son’s memory. They decided to create a playground where children and adults with and without disabilities could play and celebrate life together. With the support of 1,200 volunteers, that memorial playground, Jonathan’s Dream, opened in 1996. Soon after, the Barzachs founded Boundless Playgrounds®, … Continue reading

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