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Create a Popular Play Space

Problem Solver - August 2014

When the time comes to develop a new playground—or rejuvenate an existing one—many park districts, schools and other owners aim to create something that not only gets kids out to play, but that inspires their imaginations with an extraordinary experience. When you rely on playground design experts to help make your dreams a reality, you can heighten the imaginative potential of your play space, as well as develop a gathering place that will attract families from your community and beyond.

Create a Playscape With a Natural Feel

Problem Solver - August 2014

Children are spending about half as much time outside as they did 20 years ago, and at the same time, kids between 8 and 18 get more than seven hours of screen time in a typical day. The obvious negative impact: a dramatic increase in childhood obesity—and all the health issues that go along with it. Parks and playgrounds can be a great way to get kids outside, helping them build fitness habits, boost creativity, learning and much more.

Reduce Playground Maintenance Requirements

Problem Solver - August 2014

Well-designed playgrounds must include a safety surface to protect children from injuries due to falls. Many parks rely on engineered wood fiber and other cost-effective products, but these require careful attention to provide the proper levels of protection. Solutions are available that can simplify maintenance and ensure your surface is effective.

Be Sure of Your Playground Safety Surface

Problem Solver - August 2014

One of the most important elements of playground safety is the surface installed beneath the equipment. Falls to the surface are the cause of the majority of playground injuries, so ensuring your surface is performing as expected is a crucial task.

A Look at Trends in Schools & School Districts

Schools & School Districts

Feature Article - June 2014

Schools and school districts continue to fight their way back from the economic downturn. Learn more about the trends affecting school facilities.

The Enticing Outdoors

Get Minds & Bodies Moving

Feature Article - May 2014

Playgrounds have come so far since the days of slides and swings installed over an asphalt surface. These days, playground design is adapting to more modern needs—getting kids into nature, and getting them moving.

Ready, Set, Play!

Getting Your Playground Initiative Up and Running

Supplement Feature - April 2014

Studies done in recent years by the Centers for Disease Control and Stanford University make good cases for the need for more playgrounds in the United States; the former states that only 20 percent of the country's kids live within a half-mile of a playground, and the latter says today's kids spend less time playing outside than any previous generation. The CDC also says only a quarter of U.S. kids are getting an hour of rigorous physical activity per day.

Playgrounds

Play Is in Peril
Saving Unstructured Outdoor Play

Guest Column - April 2014

Children just don't play the way they used to. But the good news is that playground designers and park professionals are on the ball, developing new ways to get children outside having fun.

Keep an Eye on Play

Proper Maintenance Makes for Safer Playgrounds

Feature Article - February 2014

Maintenance is one of the cornerstones of playground safety. Learn the basics from some of the industry's leading playground experts.

Play It Safe

The Latest Playground Safety Trends

Feature Article - January 2014

From safety surfaces to properly designed equipment, there are myriad ways to decrease the likelihood that children will be injured on the playground.