Designer Profile: Joe Frost, The Contemporary Father of Play Advocacy

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As a child on a small farm in of southwestern Arkansas, during the last years of the Great Depression, Joe Frost played with his friends on an open field in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. He played war and chase, built dams in the stream behind his grade school, and piled on his classmates… Read more »

A Better Approach to the Slack Line Trend

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First Do No Harm with Goric’s Slack Line Playground Equipment     Goric is proud to offer an innovative and straightforward approach to slacklining. The line of Slack Line playground equipment gives playscape designers the ability to create a variety of fun configurations using multiple units, along with greater freedom on where and how to incorporate this healthy and… Read more »

Not Up to Playground Standards? My Confession as a Playground Aunt

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According to ASTM 1487 & the CPSC,  we have two age groups for playground standards: 2-5 and 5-12. In addition, they have recently introduced another standard for playground manufacturers for 6-23 month-olds.  In short, the playground standards are based on anthropometric data (comparative sizes/measurements of children at age 2, 5 &12), empirical data of types of… Read more »

Pushing the Envelope of Playground Design with Risk & Challenge by JC Boushh

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In today’s age of tech savvy children playground designers are constantly designing new and innovative play components to attract today’s wired-child to the playground. This approach to new and innovative designs many times comes into conflict with society’s preoccupation with over protecting children from life’s bumps and bruises. As children continuously seek new ways to… Read more »

Once Burned, Twice Shy: New York’s Union Square Playground in Defense of Children’s Development

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Do you remember the first time you climbed a hill and felt like a king or queen ruling the world? How great did it feel to stand on top of that pile of wood, earth or other material, looking at the small world below you? When I think back of my childhood, I remember it… Read more »