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 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 »

Ask any child what they love best about the playground, and you’ll get a multitude of answers. Whether it’s things to climb, spaces to run, or gadgets and gizmos to play with, almost any park has a certain level of appeal from a child’s perspective. Some kids are attracted by the sheer size and creative opportunities in… Read more »

Dance Chimes Battery Park

  As the little girl jumps in time to a silent rhythm, a naturally harmonic tune emerges from beneath her feet. She is stepping from one stone plate to the next, releasing notes in thirds and fifths to create a beautiful impromptu symphony of sound at the Thetford Forest Park in Norfolk, UK.   Even… Read more »

Summer’s here, and as the temperature rises you’ve probably found your mind wandering to visions of hot sand and cool water. Imagine lying out in the sun, digging your feet into the coarse sand, and feeling the force of a wave coming from and receding back into the ocean. It’s enough to bring you back… Read more »

When recalling our early playground memories, we remember how awe-inspiring the equipment was to our child’ eye. Often we look back at “the slide that was higher than a two story building” or “the bottomless sandbox” and think of how we begged our parents to bring us back. Although this feeling comes in part from our… Read more »

The Southwest Corridor playground is a joint project between the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), a state agency, and The Boston Children’s Hospital, who raised the funds for the project.   When the project started there was a well-used basketball court, a small greenery beside it and a double bike and walking path running… Read more »

Friedrich Froebel is the “father” of the kindergarten concept. Froebel studied the natural sciences as well as architecture and had a profound understanding of the interconnectedness between the two disciplines. Under the direction of Anton Gruener, headmaster of the Pestalozzian Frankfurt Model School and in reflection of the teachings of Johann Henrich Pestalozzi, Froebel became a… Read more »