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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.

Add Shade to the Playground

Problem Solver - August 2017

There are various styles, colors and designs available to suit the needs of almost any playground. Look for canopies that are designed to block up to 97 percent of the sun's harmful UV rays, while keeping playground temperatures as much as 30 degrees cooler. The shade fabric should be breathable and weather-resistant. Choose fabric with knitted, lock-stitch construction to offer more air movement and better channeling of cool breezes. Additionally, look for high-density polyethylene that is resistant to mildew, fading and UV rays.

Engage Families With Playable Public Art

Problem Solver - August 2017

Public art is common in urban areas, from city squares to parks and plazas. For the most part, these public sculptures are meant to be enjoyed visually. But it doesn't have to be that way. You can install public art that gives people of all ages a chance to play and have fun.

Provide a Thrilling Play Adventure

Problem Solver - August 2017

To engage children and encourage them to stretch beyond their current capabilities, playgrounds should provide the perception of risk, without actually creating a dangerous situation. The most exciting playgrounds will give kids the feeling that they are challenging themselves, making their own decisions and stretching just beyond their comfort level to get a thrill as they climb, slide and explore. These kinds of challenges not only give kids a great physical workout, but also grow self-confidence and decision-making skills.

Provide Three-Dimensional Play

Problem Solver - August 2017

Three-dimensional rope structures come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and can be very tall or close to the ground, or a combination of both. With no prescribed entry or exit points, and no specific paths to be followed, it's up to the child to decide how to play, leading to infinite choices.

A World of Play

Trends in Playground Planning & Design

Supplement Feature - April 2017

From inclusive playspaces that give kids of all abilities a chance to play alongside one another to custom-designed playgrounds that take a locality's history, culture or geology into account and beyond, playground designers and manufacturers continue to raise the bar.

Encourage Risk, But Safely

Playground Safety From Concept to Completion and Beyond

Feature Article - January 2017

Ensuring kids on the playground are as safe as possible begins with smart planning and playground design, but it doesn't stop there. Proper supervision and continual attention to maintenance are also crucial.

The Playground Checkup

Safe, Long-Lasting Playgrounds Require Standardized Maintenance Practices

Feature Article - November 2016

Playground maintenance should be regular and standardized if you want to ensure your play equipment is in safe and proper working order.