The Benefits of Play for Child Development

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Two beautiful little girls swinging on swings on playground with smile on sunny summer day

It’s no doubt that play is an important part of a child’s life. In fact, many people claim that their favorite memories from their childhood include play, whether it’s playing tag with the neighbor kids or playing on the playground at recess. And while it may be obvious that this is an important part of childhood, there is so much … Read More

The Importance of Playground Maintenance

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While playground maintenance might feel like a hassle, it is an important part of being responsible for a playground. Regular playground inspections and maintenance keeps the area safe and attractive, and it extends your playground’s useful life. If you can’t remember the last time you properly inspected your playground, consider why regular inspections and maintenance is essential: Maintenance Safeguards Playing … Read More

Playground Surfacing That Makes A Visual Impact

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Choosing a surface for playgrounds today is a very different experience from even two decades ago. In the past, communities building a new playground might head over to the local wood waste recycling and mulching facility, landscaping materials warehouse, or to a local contractor to pick up whatever mulch, gravel, or sand was handy. This material would be piled under … Read More

Is Poured-In-Place Rubber Safety Surfacing Safe?

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Young boy stepping down from tall blue playground equipment platform onto a red step

Poured-in-place rubber safety surfacing is already a popular choice for playgrounds and recreation areas across the U.S. for a variety of reasons. Most notably, these systems offer bright colors, flexible design options, easy maintenance, and a long lifespan. But are they truly safe? When selecting a safety surfacing for a play area, protecting those who are at risk is the … Read More

Why Accessibility is Important for Your Playground Design

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Multi-ethnic group of school children playing on school playground. African descent, elementary age boy is in a wheelchair. Other children, play and talk to boy in front of outdoor playground equipment. Education in USA, exercise themes, differing abilities.

Play is essential for people of all ages and abilities, but this is especially true for children. Playing on a playground gives them the outlet for their energy as well as plenty of time in the sunshine and fresh air. It helps them build social relationships as they interact with others. Parents who take their kids to the playground can … Read More

Building Meaningful Play with Inclusive Playgrounds

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Inclusive Playground

“Play” brings people of all kinds and creeds together, breaking down barriers between those who might see others as “different” or unlike themselves. Action facilitates socialization, and encouraging children, parents, grandparents, and people of all ages and abilities to play together brings benefits that combat loneliness and segregation. But building an environment of inclusive play takes forethought and intentionality. Parks … Read More