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Choose the Right Safety Surface

Problem Solver - August 2012

Many playground owners rely on loose fill, including wood chips, sand, wood fiber or rubber mulch. These types of surfaces typically come with a lower initial cost. However, you should be aware that proper maintenance is required to ensure the fill remains at the proper depth to protect children from injuries. Rubber mulch offers some benefits over wood, in that it does not create dust, decompose, rot, absorb water, displace or attract insects in the same way that wood chips can. And, you can even find bonded rubber mulch that acts more like a unitary surface, and requires much less maintenance than typical loose-fill applications.

A Miracle for Joplin

New Playgrounds Set Up at Cunningham Park

Web Exclusive - August 2012

Nearly a year after a devastating tornado ploughed through Joplin, Mo., replacement playgrounds are making their way, thanks to the help of volunteers and a dedicated playground manufacturer.

Maintenance & Operations: Playgrounds

Playgrounds and Sense of Place

Feature Article - July 2012

No longer the simple structures of the past, playgrounds can help establish a sense of place and more, all while encouraging kids to get active.


The Value of Play
Developing Meaningful Play Opportunities Through Research

Guest Column - July 2012

Play experts have been learning a lot about all the positive effects playtime can have for children—mentally, emotionally and physically.


Accessing Play

Guest Column - May 2012

It can be difficult to stay on top of all the requirements for accessible play. This handy guide from IPEMA covers all the ADA bases to be sure you get it done right.

Go Play!

Vibrant Colors, Exciting Layouts Capture Interest

Supplement Feature - April 2012

In New Mexico's North Las Cruces Park, a bigger-than-life scorpion suns itself on an outcropping at the edge of the new playground equipment, offering kids the opportunity to climb on an arachnid they're normally careful to avoid. "We wanted something with interest," said Mark Johnston, director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Las Cruces. "Something that blended with the desert, and yet stood out in the desert." That connection with the surrounding landscape and flavor of the community is becoming more popular, and it's one of Johnston's hallmarks. "I tend to do things that really fit the area…and I think this nailed it." Dismissing what he called "cookie cutter-type playgrounds," Johnston instead opted for a concept that grabbed kids' interest. "When our children go to a park, I want them really to say, 'Wow.'" His team also erected an adobe-style fort wall that sits between the scorpion and the rest of the playground structures, creating an appealing visual effect that makes the park feel simultaneously more spacious and interactive.

Imagine This

The Imagination Learning Park at The Boys & Girls Club of Bristol, Conn.

Facility Profile - April 2012

Located next to a Boys & Girls Club and a popular children's museum, this new park and playground takes imagination to new heights.

Safe and Secure

Balancing Safety and Fun on the Playground

Feature Article - March 2012

No matter how carefully a playground is designed, children will still fall and can potentially get hurt. Close attention to safety standards, especially the surface beneath the equipment, will help keep kids safer.


A Seasoned Approach to Playground Safety
Keeping Kids Safe in Every Season

Guest Column - February 2012

Loose-fill surfacing, especially wood mulch, is very popular, largely due to its lower initial cost. But if you're employing such a solution at your playground, you need to be aware of the impact winter's deep freeze can have on safety.

Memories & Dreams

A Playground Comes to Tucson

Web Exclusive - February 2012

A little more than a year has passed since Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was critically injured by a gunshot wound to the head. Also in attendance at the meeting with constituents was 9-year-old Christina Taylor-Green, who was shot and killed as she stood in line to meet Giffords. Now, Tucson children have a new place to play, and to honor Christina.