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Ground Zero

Choosing the Right Playground Safety Surface

Supplement Feature - September 2013

It wasn't always that way. In fact, not until 1975, when the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) analyzed playground safety hazards and guidelines, did the trend toward installing safer, shock-attenuating surfaces begin. After that study, woodchips, gravel, rubber and other "softer" materials began to replace harder surfacing materials like concrete, asphalt, hard-packed earth, grass and sand. And all those surfaces eventually had to meet guidelines first outlined in 1990, when the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed by Congress.


Promoting Public Use
Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island, Ill.

Facility Profile - September 2013

Here's how one community researched and found the right playground surface to meet their patrons' needs.

Disaster Recovery

Playgrounds & Parks Rebuild Following Wrath of Storms

Feature Article - August 2013

Tornadoes, hurricanes, forest fires—disasters can do a lot of damage to parks and playgrounds. Learn how to be prepared before disaster occurs, and how places like Joplin, Mo., New Orleans and New Jersey are recovering in the wake of a variety of disasters.

Improve Fitness With Play

Problem Solver - August 2013

For the best health, children should get involved in outdoor play on a daily basis. Playing outside can help improve children's physical, emotional and mental health. It's good medicine disguised as fun!

Create a Safe Nature Play Area

Problem Solver - August 2013

Look for natural-looking elements that combine high-quality materials and top-notch design to create affordable and low-maintenance solutions.

Promote Inclusive Play

Problem Solver - August 2013

When imaginatively designed and executed, playground equipment can provide an outstanding sensory experience that meets the play needs of all park-goers. It's important to keep in mind the purpose of play and the playground itself: an enriching experience that gives children a chance to exercise their bodies and imaginations, solve problems, challenge their limits and enjoy interacting socially with their friends.

Ensure Your Playground Surface Performance

Problem Solver - August 2013

Talk with your manufacturer about making post-installation field testing a part of your contract for your new surface. Such testing will demonstrate how well the surface is performing for your specific site.

Create a Stand-Out Nature-Themed Playground

Problem Solver - August 2013

One of the best ways to help kids get and stay healthy is to help them be active. Playgrounds offer a great alternative to sedentary, indoor activities. But how can being outside and playing compete with games and television shows? One way is to create a playground that encourages children to use their imaginations and that combines the wonder of nature with the security of a playground.

Grounds for Play

New Resource Supports Peer-Reviewed Research on Free Play

Before You Go - August 2013

The Encyclopedia is live on Scholarpedia, a wiki-based online encyclopedia housing peer-reviewed academic articles. It is the first-known database of scientific, academic research that demonstrates the scientifically proven benefits of play.

Imagination at Play

Trends in Playground Design

Supplement Feature - April 2013

In an effort to meet 21st-century expectations, progressive recreation managers are rethinking their approach to playground design. The modern style is all about imagination, about tapping into one's inventive side and rethinking how the equipment will be used—and who will use it.