Intergenerational Playgrounds Promote Common Ground for Kids Ages 1 to 99!

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When you play a word association game with ‘playground’, you’ll likely get some of the following responses: sand; ladders; monkey bars; summer; children. It’s worth noticing that the word ‘children’ is included, but where are all the ‘grown-ups’? A new movement for intergenerational playgrounds has the potential to change this outdated conception. Historically, playgrounds were created for the… Read more »

Playground Designer Spotlight: Frank Gehry

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Born Ephraim Owen Goldberg, architect Frank Gehry has brought his unique style of playfulness and whimsy to every project he’s been a part of. Whether it’s designing watches for Fossil or the artistic Fondation Louis Vuitton Center in Paris, his dramatic style is completely evident in each one of his structures. Not only that, but his influence… Read more »

Playground Roadtrip: 10 Best Water Features on the East Coast

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  Summer is here and hotter than ever. Still, you can’t keep the kids inside forever. Why not engage in a little creative play at your nearest water feature? From splash pads to creative water stations, we’ve compiled a list of the best East Cost adventures for families looking for low-budget, high-fun play. If you’re… Read more »

National Mobility Awareness Month: Great Ways to Play this Summer!

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Over 18 million people in the US deal with mobility issues on a daily basis. These issues span the entirety of American culture, from veterans to athletes. One of the demographics impacted most by mobility issues are children below the age of 18. While they often have access to the same education and cognitive resources of others… Read more »

Education Desert: How Unstructured Play Can Grow Healthy Kids in Low-Income Areas

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Play is such a vital part of the childhood experience that it seems almost impossible to imagine one without the other. Outdoor exploration, playground adventures, and art are examples of unstructured play that teach problem-solving skills and improve self-esteem. Yet, this type of play is not available to children in all socioeconomic areas. Because of the perceived cost of time… Read more »

From Skater to Schematics: How Elger Blitz Turned His Hobby Into Worldwide Success

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Elger Blitz at CUGE

It didn’t take much digging to find that world premiere playground designer and design lecturer Elger Blitz has been making waves for over 25 years. From his humble beginnings on the gritty streets of Amsterdam, Blitz learned to appreciate and manipulate the world around him into being a place where people of all ages could play.  … Read more »

ASD-Friendly Play: Choosing a Playground for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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April 1, 2015 marked a historic first. It was the first time in the history of the U.S. that a president officially declared World Autism Awareness Day complete with festivities, $1.3 billion in federal funding to further ASD and related brain research, and a declaration with a Presidential Seal. “On World Autism Awareness Day, our Nation recognizes all those… Read more »

The 10 Most Beautiful and Artistic Playgrounds in the World

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Playgrounds are about so much more than swings and slides. No matter your age, there is something breathtaking about a playground that is designed for beauty as well as interaction. And, of course, the U.S. doesn’t have a monopoly on artistic concepts of play. Around the world, top-level designers are building playgrounds that prime children to develop a… Read more »

Are Playgrounds the Antidote to Digital Overload?

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Girl on a Cell Phone

It’s hard to imagine a world where people weren’t actively talking, texting, and tweeting on digital devices. And yet, when we think of the “phone-bound,” we tend to imagine a horde of teens over-anxious to grow up. The truth is that children as young as six years old are being overexposed to digital media overload while… Read more »

San Jose Rotary Playgarden: Bringing Families Together Through Innovation

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When you think of a playground, you might imagine kids running across bridges, shimmying down twisty poles, and soaring on swings. What you might not immediately consider is what the thousands of physically-challenged children do at a traditional playground. The answer is, not a lot. It was not long ago that the first all-inclusive playground… Read more »

Robin Moore: Connecting Families to Nature and Each Other Through Play

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Robin Moore Designer and Architect

“Landscape architects are a crucial partner in creating new types of landscapes to support active, outdoor lifestyles in childhood.” – Robin Moore (“The New Nature Movement,” Children & Nature Network) Playgrounds have changed a lot in the last 50 years. They are no longer stark metal islands in seas of barren sand. Now, playgrounds are designed… Read more »