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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.

Create a Unique Playground

Problem Solver - August 2016

What's more, you don't necessarily need to start from scratch. Playground manufacturers know that unique designs make for popular playgrounds and offer a wide variety of customizable play elements.

Expand Learning Beyond the Classroom

Problem Solver - August 2016

Play provides real-life lessons, such as experiencing group processes of thought, evaluating risks and making decisions. These lessons prepare kids for adulthood. Through playful exploration and experience, children develop skills and knowledge that can't be taught in a classroom.

Increase Lifecycle of Engineered Wood Fiber

Problem Solver - August 2016

It is important to top off the surface occasionally, adding more wood fiber to maintain proper protection. Be sure to inspect the surface regularly. Rake the fiber to keep the surface level and remove any foreign objects.