Limitless Fun, The Impact of Rick Henke’s Approach to Playground Creation

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Playgrounds Were Nothing New, Until Goric’s Founder Helped Change the Game     It all comes down to perspective. Children explore a world much different than the ones inhabited by adults. Everything is bigger and harder to reach. As a child, it can often seem that adults spend their time telling you what not to do, rather than encouraging you… Read more »

Fun Came First: A Brief History of Playground Equipment in America

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From Vacant Lots to Modern Marvels, Playgrounds Have Come a Long Ways     It is relatively easy to conjure memories of days spent following the lead of our own imagination as we played on the neighborhood playground equipment. We soared into the air, climbed our way to triumph, raced down the slide and then back… Read more »

The Playground Equipment Designs of Peter Heuken

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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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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 »

Honoring Play Enthusiasts: Friedrich Froebel, Gift Play

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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 »

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 »

Outdoor Table Tennis

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Get out your ping-pong paddles (say that 5 times in a row!) and let’s play some table tennis! Perfect for all ages and a nice change to play this game outside. We are now offering these amazingly durable and attractive ping-pong tables.  The table top is made of Polymer concrete with a PVC edge protector;… Read more »

Cool Slides – for Architecture, Art & Fun! Part 2

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By popular demand, we are posting more slide installations from our very innovative slide manufacturer! MSU Zagreb (Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia), 2009 Height – 11.65m (45’10”); 2 Stainless steel tube slides with a clear top cover 28th São Paulo Art Biennial – Brazil, 2008 Slide height – 14m (55′); stainless steel tube slide with… Read more »

Focus on Guilt-Free Play

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…this way of thinking is natural for a child! In the “terrible two’s” stage children learn that they don’t have to do anything; they can say no! This stage is well known for being an important part of a child’s development of his or her autonomy. The same natural attitude goes for work and play: children can play for hours in the sand, digging, piling, toy trucking sand from here to there; baking cookies next to their aunt; and they take delight in sweeping the floor just like Dad. They have chosen the task and it’s easy for them to focus on the task at hand and even enjoy it!