Doubling Down on the Wallholla: Washington, D.C. Micropark by Lee & Associates to Open This Fall

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An 8,000-square-foot micropark in northeast Washington D.C., scheduled to open this fall at the corner of Third and L Streets NE, is, functionally speaking, two parks in one. Half dog park, half children’s play area, the park designed by the architecture firm Lee & Associates and now under construction is the latest example of how… Read more »

Could A Music Playground Be Your Child’s First Instrument?

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When children learn to talk, they start by making sounds, then imitating those they hear. Richard Cooke, who has created a family of xylophone-like and percussive instruments for parks, believes playing simple instruments by ear may be a better way for children to begin to learn how to play music than trying to read music… Read more »

The Evolution of Nature Playgrounds

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It was against the backdrop of the volatile interwar years in Europe that celebrated Danish landscape architect, Carl Theodor Sørensen first conceived of the idea of skrammellegepladsers or, “junk playgrounds”. Observing children playing in junkyards and construction sites, he was struck by the notion that, through a child’s eyes, almost any object could become beautiful… Read more »

The Van Beuningenplein

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Old situation The former Staatsliedenbuurt is an early 20th-century layout of Amsterdam. In recent years this area has undergone an extensive urban renewal. Social houses are renovated and partly sold to stimulate diversity among the inhabitants. A lot of emphasis is put on upgrading the public space’s quality. Gentrification has started but not as rapidly… Read more »

Top 3 Ways Surfacing Boosts Play

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Encouraging Beneficial Play with Surfacing   Reducing risk while maintaining a fun play area often represents the main focus when discussing a playground’s surface. All of Goric’s Surfacing and Accessories products meet important ASTM standards for reducing the frequency and severity of fall-related incidents. Such risk reductions are supremely important, and they are also only the beginning… Read more »

(Re)Introducing the Spaghetti Line of Sculptural Play Equipment

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Goric is excited to announce the return of our full line of the Spaghettis, a series of imaginative and beautiful sculptural playground equipment. Several years ago our manufacturing partner Linie M (known then as Conlastic) lost the design rights to two of the Spaghettis within the series. Though it was unfortunate at the time to… Read more »

Creating Intergenerational Public Spaces

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A Place and Space for All Benefits Everyone   Many are well aware that intergenerational interactions create enriching experiences for all involved. With the incorporation of design elements that effectively encourage an active involvement from the many adults in a child’s life, a play area’s overall value and ability to promote strong development can be significantly increased. … Read more »

Why Sand and Water Play Are Good for Children

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Long before the iPad and Pokémon GO, there was sand and water. The two are foundational to the earth and offer near limitless possibilities for young children’s imaginations. During the summer months, I take my two-year-old son to Chicago’s Montrose Beach on the shore of Lake Michigan. After laying out a blanket, I let him dig… Read more »

Play Garland Oosterpark by Carve

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Play Garland Oosterpark by Carve The Oosterpark, built in 1891, is part of the Amsterdam 19th century extension girdle, and is the first large public park that was realised by the municipality. Since 2011, plans are being made to integrate the monumental public buildings in the northern zone into the park. The fences will be… Read more »

Integrating Music with Playscapes

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Complementary Benefits Makes Adding Musical Elements to Playgrounds a Truly Smart Idea     Play and music already share a vocabulary. A self-contained part of a musical composition is called a, ‘movement.’ It is common for sportscasters to describe an athlete or team as, ‘getting into rhythm.’ The laughter that emits from a well-designed playscape is often,… Read more »

Going Against the Grain of Modern Materials with Robinia Wood

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Natural Karolam® Robinia Wood Offers Impressive Benefits Over Modern Materials   K&K Karolam® – Robinia Wooden Posts | Video via YouTube.com   At their very best, playgrounds and playscapes mimic the joy of running, jumping, climbing, and otherwise playing in a wild and natural setting. They fulfill our instinctual desire to climb trees, swing from branches,… Read more »

Designer Spotlight – Mitch Ryerson’s Woodworking and the Art of Play

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The Original Jungle Gym was a Tree, and Mitch Ryerson Knows How to Use Them     Creating a Playground Tree | The Esplanade Association via YouTube.com   When explored by the hands of a skilled artist, playfulness itself becomes an expressive language. At its best, the work of a well-seasoned woodworker, designer, and artist such as Mitch Ryerson communicates the power… Read more »