Playgrounds

Title Abstract Publication Date
10 Ways to Keep Playtime Safe. Useful tips from the National Program for Playground Safety: choose appropriate equipment, unclutter the fall zone, design swings properly, provide a soft landing, and add rails to platforms. 07/31/1996
360 Degrees: Issue 17. Focuses on innovative playground design, citing the Evergreen adventure playground in Hackney, east London, the Freemantle pavilion in Southampton, and German playgrounds created under the leadership... 09/30/2008
A Genius Idea Description and photos of the outdoor play and learn area at All Saints School in Norwalk, Connecticut that promotes play and an understanding of the physical sciences and energy conservation. The... 05/23/2012
A Greener Place to Play. Profiles La Crosse, Wisconsin's Crowley Park/Emerson Elementary School playground, a facility shared between the school and a city park that exhibits sustainability in design, bidding, rainwater... 09/30/2009
A Place to Play. Reviews the latest innovations in playground design, including features that physically challenge children, engage them in educational activities, and accommodate the disabled. The Clemyjontri Park... 03/31/2007
A Playground Game Plan. Presents six steps for creating an appropriate playground area for children. Steps discussed are forming a playground planning committee, gathering information, formulating a concept plan, putting... 03/31/2000
Access Board: Accessibility Guidelines and Standards. Index with links to all completed and proposed guidelines, including those for outdoor public spaces: play areas, recreation facilities, outdoor developed areas, and public rights-of-way.
Access to Play Areas. This publication is designed to assist park and recreation professionals, designers, and consumers in creating inclusive play environments for children with and without disabilities. Includes... 12/31/2000
Accessible and Safe Playgrounds Into Every Town, U.S.A. Landscape architects, playground manufacturers, and the federal government have all developed guidelines for accessible, safe play landscapes. This paper examines the difficulties in meeting these... 12/31/1995
Accessible Play Areas: A Summary of Accessibility Guidelines for Play Areas. Assists designers and operators in using federal accessibility guidelines for play areas by establishing minimum accessibility requirements for newly constructed and altered play areas. It provides... 09/30/2005
Adaptive Playgrounds for All Children Procedures are discussed for developing a playground design that will enable all children, including those with disabilities, to participate in playground activities. The article addresses designing... 08/31/1991
All Together Now: Making Play Safe and Accessible. Advises on creating satisfactory contemporary playgrounds, addressing surfacing material, maintenance requirements, safety, accessibility, and the typical life span of today's playground... 02/28/2010
America's Playground: Safety Report Card. Presents a scoring system to help determine playground safety in terms of supervision, age-appropriate design, fall surfacing, and equipment maintenance. 12/31/2005
American Playgrounds: Revitalizing Community Space. Appraises successful innovative playgrounds designed by notable landscape architects and proposes ideas that blend excellent design principles, innovative planning, and affordability to create a... 12/31/2004
An Assessment of Schoolyard Renovation Strategies to Encourage Children's Physical Activity Children in poor and minority neighborhoods often lack adequate environmental support for healthy physical development and community interventions designed to improve physical activity resources... 03/31/2011
Are You Accessible? Reviews 2010 additions to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that cover recreational facilities. The types of disabilities that recreation planners need to plan and design for, are discussed,... 12/31/2010
Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation. Guidebook for designing and building natural schoolyard environments that enhance childhood learning and play experiences while providing connection with the natural world. Intended for parents,... 10/31/2010
Boston Effort Adds Some Green To Playground Blacktop. In four years, the Boston Schoolyard Initiative has helped 16 schools convert their bleak grounds into spaces for play and learning that are open to the neighborhood as well as the school. Another 30... 06/08/1999
Boston Schoolyard Initiative. Since 1995, the Boston Schoolyard Initiative (BSI) has been transforming Boston's schoolyards from barren asphalt lots into dynamic centers for recreation, learning and community life. The BSI...
Build-It-Yourself Playgrounds. Discusses issues in designing and building a new playground, including age groups, safety, the Americans with Disabilities Act, site selection, and landscaping. Also touches on parent-volunteer... 02/01/2002
Building a Rooftop Playspace: I Can't Believe We Did It! Describes how the process of constructing a roof-top play space at the West Side Montessori School in New York City yielded lessons about organizing a community for a specific goal, the importance of... 06/30/1999
Building a Safe Outdoor Environment. Defines elements of SAFE playground design: Supervisability, Appropriate developmental design, Falls, and Equipment Maintenance. Under each category, details of materials and design are discussed,... 05/31/2004
Building Blueprints: Accessible Playgrounds. Discusses the features of accessible playgrounds, citing the experience of Framingham's Hemenway Elementary School in siting and creating such a facility. 12/31/2006
Building Blueprints: Creating Playgrounds That Promote Fun and Fitness. Reviews recent trends in playground design, with the most recent being towards unstructured and physically engaging activities. Recent innovations in climbing accessories, spinning and rolling... 09/30/2008
Building Blueprints: Playgrounds and Outdoor Spaces. Highlights how an urban Boston charter school created play and exercise areas on their small site, formerly six-acre industrial property. 03/31/2011

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