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Bringing New Life to the Playground
Toucan's Hideaway in West Chicago, Ill.

Facility Profile - January 2019

In 2009 the 25-year-old pool area was renovated, but the playground remained untouched, according to Gary Major, executive director at the West Chicago Park District. The playground had become highly under-used, so it was time to rethink and repurpose the area. "With the renovation of the waterpark, we added some really nice features," said Major. "So we looked at it as a competition thing in the sense that, why would somebody come over and play in what was then an old playground and a climber, when they could go down a 300-foot waterslide? What can we put in there that will actually compete and draw the crowd?"


The Multi-Faceted Value of Play
The Benefits of Play Extend Beyond Exercise

Guest Column - September 2018

In recent years, unstructured play has often lost out to more structured educational time. But parents and leaders are pushing back, recognizing the myriad benefits—physical, emotional and cognitive—that play can deliver.

Provide Play to Encourage Child Development

Problem Solver - August 2018

With all of these challenges, promoting quality play spaces has become more important than ever.

Encourage Adventurous Play

Problem Solver - August 2018

Three-dimensional rope structures can be found in a wide array of shapes or sizes, from tall towers to ground-level events, and every combination in between. There are no defined entry or exit points, and no specific path to follow as with post-and-platform playgrounds, so kids can choose their own adventure.

Destination: Playgrounds

Modern Playgrounds Create Fun Family Outings

Feature Article - July 2018

From climbing higher to making things more inclusive for people of all abilities, the latest trends in playgrounds are creating innovative destinations that families can't resist.

Get Moving, Get Playing!

Active Playgrounds for Kids on the Go

Supplement Feature - April 2018

Screen time might be tempting a lot of kids to forgo activity, but that doesn't mean you should sit back and let it happen. Designing active playgrounds is one way to encourage kids and their families to put down the device and get moving.

Play It Safe

Staying Educated & Knowing Best Practices Key to Playground Safety

Feature Article - January 2018

The safest playgrounds require continual attention. Ensuring children's safety means understanding best practices and constantly updating your knowledge to be sure you're ahead of the curve.

Landscape & Play

Natural Curiosity
The Children's Garden at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill.

Facility Profile - November 2017

The Children's Garden at the Morton Arboretum was a tremendous success from its opening day. Here's a look at how the Arboretum has partnered with its landscape architect over the years to continually improve the experience.

Widening the Playing Field

Diversity & Inclusiveness in Multigenerational Playgrounds

Feature Article - October 2017

Playground manufacturers are continually innovating and finding new ways to get people to move and play. Some of the latest equipment aims to grow play through all generations, encouraging people of all ages to play and grow together.

Do's and Don'ts of Inclusive & Multigenerational Play

Web Exclusive - September 2017

When planning for an inclusive and multigenerational playground, there are some specific things to keep in mind to make the project a success.