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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.

Inclusive Play

Design Guide Offers Methods for Outdoor Play Spaces

Before You Go - September 2012

"The Inclusive Play Design Guide (IPDG) is a practical tool that outlines specific ways landscape architects, community leaders and committed professionals in the recreation industry can create outdoor play environments that everyone can enjoy," said Ian Proud, research manager for the company. "The IPDG offers inspiration, education and solutions for the journey toward inclusive outdoor play."

Build a Unique Playground

Problem Solver - August 2012

How can you find the theme that works best for your playground? Think about your community and what makes it unique. Some communities choose a theme that reflects local cultural heritage or something unique about the region's geology. For example, a town might choose play elements that reflect a Western theme, a farming theme or even a dinosaur dig. The only limit is your imagination when you choose to customize your playground.

Create Inclusive Play Opportunities

Problem Solver - August 2012

Creating playgrounds that are inclusive for children of all abilities—as well as their caretakers—need not be a challenge. But to make a playground truly inclusive does require a design that surpasses the technical requirements.

Keep Your Play Spaces Green

Problem Solver - August 2012

Doing your homework now ensures that play spaces will be as green as the grass surrounding your playground for generations to come.

Select a Surface for Long-Term Safety

Problem Solver - August 2012

Generally, owners ask the surface manufacturer for the third-party test reports that show the safety performance numbers achieved by that surface. After this, there is typically no verification that the actual installed surface has achieved these same measurements. In fact, many surfaces do not meet standards within just a few short years—sometimes even immediately—after installation.

Boost Activity on the Playground

Problem Solver - August 2012

You can easily get kids up off the couch and moving again. Playgrounds are a natural fit that ensure plenty of activity.