Get Your Play On / Key Takeaways From the National Study of Playgrounds 

Have you ever wondered just how people use playgrounds?

The National Study of Playgrounds, funded through the National Institutes of Health, is the first observational study of playgrounds to compare the impacts of design on physical activity and play behavior across gender, age and socioeconomic status. The user and play behavior data of more than 33,000 people in 60 playgrounds in 10 major U.S. cities, including Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, New York, San Francisco and Seattle, provide a current picture of playground use and behavior, as well as how playground design can have a significant future impact on population health.

In this presentation, you will:

  • Learn more about the findings from this comprehensive study of playground users and play behavior.
  • Discover innovative aspects of playground design that help create a “great” place to play, attracting and retaining more visitors.
  • Explore how various playground elements help increase physical activity for visitors of all ages.

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Meghan Talarowski
Meghan Talarowski
Founder & Executive Director, Studio Ludo

Meghan is a Landscape Architect and Certified Playground Safety Inspector with more than 20 years of experience in the design field. Her research focuses on how the design of play environments impacts physical health and social behavior and has been presented at conferences worldwide since 2009. Her work has been featured by The New York Times, Popular Science, The Atlantic, NPR, Curbed, Landscape Architect Magazine and World Landscape Architecture Magazine.