The Playground Equipment Designs of Peter Heuken

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Princess Diana Memorial Playground, Playground Equipment

The German Playground Designer Peter Heuken traces the beginnings of his world-renowned work to the age of five. That’s when he received his first real tool kit. It is not usually recommended to give sharp blades and other adult tools to someone barely past the toddler stage of life. Luckily, Mr. Heuken was not your typical child. Even… Read more »

PLAYGROUNDS FOR ADULTS – THEY SHOULD PLAY TOO!

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Adult Slide, Adult Playground, Playground Equipment

These Twelve Parks for Grown-Ups Offer the Benefits of Play and a Good Time   We are all lucky to live in an age of expansive play. Adult playgrounds and similar facilities are available throughout the U.S. for most anyone’s enjoyment and benefit. Each one serves as evidence that playgrounds, parks, and even businesses are… Read more »

Adult Playgrounds: Exercise at Its Funnest

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We play enthusiasts spend a lot of time discussing the importance of play in the role of early childhood development. It’s a fun and easy way for a child to learn problem solving, cognitive development, as well as strength and dexterity training. It was during one of these conversations that the idea of the age-inclusive… Read more »

Scale, Imagination, and Innovation in Modern Playgrounds

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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 First Wallholla in the USA, designed by Carve, manufactured & distributed by Goric in the USA & Canada

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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 »

Honoring Play Enthusiasts: The Fantastic Art Play of Isamu Noguchi

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Recently I stumbled upon an article in the LA Landscape blog reviewing the Playa Vista Central Park.  I noticed that they commented on the playground area designed by the Office of James Burnett as: “Contemporary play area recalls a Noguchi playground”. I admit that I wasn’t familiar with Noguchi so I decided to look him… Read more »

Designing Your Playground to Encourage Movement by JC Boushh

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The modern playground provides children with numerous opportunities and developmental benefits. These benefits include social, emotional, physical, and cognitive opportunities that are related to providing children with play components to climb, slide, and various opportunities for varied forms of movement. As safety concerns grow, fear of litigation, and safety zones become more and more evident… Read more »

Why do Playgrounds Get Boring?

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There was a park and a small playground behind the house that I grew up in.  It was a typical playground of the 60’s and 70’s:  Swings, see saws, and a free-standing slide.  I loved this playground; I spent endless hours swinging on the swings when the swings weren’t twisted around the top crosser (good… 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 »

Rock Climbing & Other Challenges

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Inverted wall climber

As a child I spent many hours on the swing in my backyard, talking to my friends, the trees.  Of course I also loved to slide on slides (my favorite slide must have been at least 80’ long, located at High Park in Toronto –It’s no longer there and I can’t believe I could find… Read more »