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Create a Stand-Out Nature-Themed Playground

Problem Solver - August 2013

One of the best ways to help kids get and stay healthy is to help them be active. Playgrounds offer a great alternative to sedentary, indoor activities. But how can being outside and playing compete with games and television shows? One way is to create a playground that encourages children to use their imaginations and that combines the wonder of nature with the security of a playground.

Grounds for Play

New Resource Supports Peer-Reviewed Research on Free Play

Before You Go - August 2013

The Encyclopedia is live on Scholarpedia, a wiki-based online encyclopedia housing peer-reviewed academic articles. It is the first-known database of scientific, academic research that demonstrates the scientifically proven benefits of play.

Imagination at Play

Trends in Playground Design

Supplement Feature - April 2013

In an effort to meet 21st-century expectations, progressive recreation managers are rethinking their approach to playground design. The modern style is all about imagination, about tapping into one's inventive side and rethinking how the equipment will be used—and who will use it.


A Dream Realized
Bayard Taylor Elementary School in Philadelphia

Facility Profile - March 2013

A gift from a sports icon brought a new, well-loved playground and site improvements to a formerly drab school play yard.

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Playgrounds: Who Has Access?

Before You Go - February 2013

Access to high-quality playgrounds varies by neighborhood, according to a new study that will be published in the February issue of Pediatrics, the publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Let's Play Together!

How Inclusive Playgrounds Benefit Everyone

Feature Article - January 2013

Accessibility on the playground is a requirement, but sometimes it's not enough. Going above and beyond to encourage true inclusiveness in your play spaces can have a big impact on your community.


Inclusive Play Stands Out

Web Exclusive - January 2013

Expanding on our print feature covering inclusive playgrounds, we offer a look at how some playgrounds have put ideas into action.

Finding the Way to Play

Trends on the Playground

Feature Article - November 2012

From fitness and nature to imaginative play, playgrounds continue to incorporate design elements that get kids moving and having fun.


What's in a Name?
Woodruff Park in Atlanta, Ga.

Facility Profile - October 2012

In Atlanta, Ga., a design contest yielded a unique themed playground that amplifies the city's character.

Protect & Serve

Playground Safety Starts With the Surface

Supplement Feature - September 2012

Playgrounds should be fun, carefree places that inspire physical activity and young imaginations. And, fortunately, they can offer children both those things as long as recreation managers uphold their obligations to build and maintain safe sites. Such work starts with the selection of the correct protective surface, the foundation of any safe and inviting playground design. The options are endless, and the necessity is indisputable.