A creative playground is only half a creative space; it’s also a creative attitude.  And we’re changing attitudes as much as we’re changing spaces.

-Jay Beckwith, 1973

Because it’s difficult to find non-commercial playground information. And I find that frustrating.

Because a playground doesn’t have to cost a million bucks and come in a box. In fact, it’s better if it doesn’t.

Because playgrounds are under-recognized as an artistic medium.

Because everybody loves a playground.

-Paige Johnson, 2008

Interplay between the object and the child makes his total world — play.  He exploits the vitality of his environment and draws upon his imagination to create his world.

-M. Paul Friedberg, 1970

After generations of neglect, the public playground is suddenly in the midst of a renascence as designers, sculptors, painters and architects strive to create a new world of color, texture and form. 

-Jay Jacobs, 1967

If childhood is a journey, let us see to it the child does not travel by night.

-Aldo van Eyck, 1962

Better a broken arm than a broken spirit.

-Lady Allen of Hurtwood, 1968

The most interesting place in the typical playground is the drinking fountain.

-Richard Dattner, Design for Play, 1969

I am convinced that standardised playgrounds are dangerous, just in another way: When the distance between all the rungs in a climbing net or a ladder is exactly the same, the child has no need to concentrate on where he puts his feet. Standardisation is dangerous because play becomes simplified and the child does not have to worry about his movements.

-Helle Nebelong

Whatever space and time mean, place and occasion mean more.

-Aldo van Eyck

If you want to do something nice for a child, give them an environment where they can touch things as much as they want.

-Buckminster Fuller, 1972