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Design Corner

Adventurous Play
Pushing the Edge Without Falling Off

Guest Column - October 2014

You might have a brilliant idea for a custom play space, with support and funding from a community that can't wait to try it out. But how do you ensure your conceived play area will be as safe as can be?

Want to Build a Better Community?

Web Exclusive - October 2014

The National Recreation and Park Association's Building Better Communities signature grant program's application period opens at the end of October. Learn more about the program, as well as some of the projects it's making possible.

We All Fall Down

Education, Maintenance Key to Playground Surface Safety

Supplement Feature - September 2014

Falls to the surface are the number one cause of injury on the playground, which is why it's so important that those surfaces are maintained regularly and composed of the appropriate materials to maximize safety and prevent serious injuries.

Create an Inclusive Play Space

Problem Solver - August 2014

It is estimated that between 12.1 percent and 18.7 percent of U.S. citizens have a disability. Ensuring that people of all abilities have access to recreation is a crucial mission for parks, schools and other organizations. The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) establishes guidelines to ensure access for all, but sometimes it doesn't go far enough. It is possible to do more, going beyond the basic requirements to create an inclusive play experience for children and families, regardless of ability.

Create a Popular Play Space

Problem Solver - August 2014

When the time comes to develop a new playground—or rejuvenate an existing one—many park districts, schools and other owners aim to create something that not only gets kids out to play, but that inspires their imaginations with an extraordinary experience. When you rely on playground design experts to help make your dreams a reality, you can heighten the imaginative potential of your play space, as well as develop a gathering place that will attract families from your community and beyond.

Create a Playscape With a Natural Feel

Problem Solver - August 2014

Children are spending about half as much time outside as they did 20 years ago, and at the same time, kids between 8 and 18 get more than seven hours of screen time in a typical day. The obvious negative impact: a dramatic increase in childhood obesity—and all the health issues that go along with it. Parks and playgrounds can be a great way to get kids outside, helping them build fitness habits, boost creativity, learning and much more.

Reduce Playground Maintenance Requirements

Problem Solver - August 2014

Well-designed playgrounds must include a safety surface to protect children from injuries due to falls. Many parks rely on engineered wood fiber and other cost-effective products, but these require careful attention to provide the proper levels of protection. Solutions are available that can simplify maintenance and ensure your surface is effective.

Be Sure of Your Playground Safety Surface

Problem Solver - August 2014

One of the most important elements of playground safety is the surface installed beneath the equipment. Falls to the surface are the cause of the majority of playground injuries, so ensuring your surface is performing as expected is a crucial task.

A Look at Trends in Schools & School Districts

Schools & School Districts

Feature Article - June 2014

Schools and school districts continue to fight their way back from the economic downturn. Learn more about the trends affecting school facilities.

The Enticing Outdoors

Get Minds & Bodies Moving

Feature Article - May 2014

Playgrounds have come so far since the days of slides and swings installed over an asphalt surface. These days, playground design is adapting to more modern needs—getting kids into nature, and getting them moving.