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How to Engage Kids and Community in Playground Design

Paige’s Note:  Playground designers often have the goal of involving  the community and particularly its children into the design process.  But it can be difficult to move the conversation beyond swings and slides.   In this column, Susan Solomon provides a practical list of questions for kids and adults that that elicit memories and feelings about play instead of explicit play constructs.  She teams her list with with examples of designers who used community feedback creatively; including one of the best playgrounds in the world that was built to answer the expressed desire of a community for risk-taking!   DO WE KNOW HOW TO GET INFORMATION? by Susan G. Solomon How can we learn what children and adults want and need in playgrounds? And how can we make sure that those playgrounds are a vital public space? These questions were front and center when I participated in a recent review – Read the rest…


"Aldo van Eyck, Seventeen Playgroun...

When I spoke at Sheffield’s Site Gallery in 2014, Anna van Lingen and Denisa Kollarová were also on the slate to discuss their - Read the rest...

Announcing the 2015 Play Hero Block...

This is the third year for Playscapes’ series of blocks inspired by heroes of play, and I’m pleased to announce - Read the rest...

Playscapes at Fatherly!

I was pleased to collaborate with Fatherly, a website for millenial dads, on a series of playground pieces. Do - Read the rest...

Past, Present and Future of Play, N...

In addition to museums and public spaces commissioning playful installations, there are a wealth of play and play history-focused exhibitions - Read the rest...

What does "$20M in playground injur...

Paige’s Note: One of the problems in discussions of playground safety and risk is the poor quality of playground injury - Read the rest...

ASTM still thinks grass is unsafe f...

  Paige’s Note: Tim Gill of rethinkingchildhood updates us, below, on the fight to bring sanity to the ASTM’s playground - Read the rest...

ASTM declares grass unsafe for chil...

Pleased to say that the ASTM did NOT increase the playground safety surfacing requirements this round…many thanks to those of you - Read the rest...

ASTM declares grass unsafe for chil...

If you’ve visited a playground recently and thought “Whatever happened to the grass?”, you can thank the American Society for - Read the rest...

"Playgrounds that rip up the safety...

Editors Note: With this post, I’m pleased to welcome Tim Gill to Playscapes! Tim is one of the UK’s leading thinkers - Read the rest...

How Strange are our Dangers? How Da...

Editor’s Note: I’m pleased to welcome play historian and expert Susan Solomon’s second column here at Playscapes. In it, she - Read the rest...

Donne Buck Archive of Play and Pla...

Very pleased to receive word that the Donne Buck Archive of Play and Playgrounds, a collection largely about the adventure playground - Read the rest...

Top Playscapes Posts from 2014

In case you missed them! The top posts from this year’s 186 posts (whew!) , ranked according to total page - Read the rest...

2014 'Heroes of Play' Blocks: C. T...

“Of all the things I have helped to realize, the junk playground is the ugliest; yet for me it is the best and - Read the rest...

Winner of The Science of Play Givea...

And the winner is…Greg Pawlica! The random number generator at random.org picked the number 2, so it’s you, Greg…email me - Read the rest...

Looking for a job in play? Active ...

Looking for a job in play design? The Fund for Public Health in New York City has two job openings - Read the rest...

Win a copy of Susan Solomon's The S...

The thing I appreciate most about Susan Solomon’s new book The Science of Play: How to Build Playgrounds That Enhance - Read the rest...

Susan Solomon and the Science of Pl...

I‘m so pleased to welcome Susan Solomon to Playscapes! Susan is the author of American Playgrounds: Revitalizing Community Space, and is - Read the rest...

Children Playing (various artists)

Don’t miss the wonderful images of child’s play around the world over at boredpanda..this one is from Burkino Faso, image - Read the rest...

Take Your Children to the Park (and...

Saturday, May 18 is the 4th Annual “Take Our Children to the Park…and Leave Them There Day” as organized by - Read the rest...

Book Giveaway! Once Upon a Playgro...

I was pleased to provide a back cover endorsement (first time I’ve gotten to do that!) for Brenda Biondo’s beautiful - Read the rest...

Playscapes Forum, redux!

There’s a new way to interact with Playscapes…over on Facebook Sarah has started a new Playscapes open group page for dialog - Read the rest...