November 26, 2020

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Coronavirus & Schools: What You Need to Know

With the coronavirus on the cusp of spreading in the U.S., and uncertainty high in the nation, it makes sense to ask, what will happen to schools amidst the spread of this disease? The answer clearly is still a question mark, but we can review the facts of this rapidly unfolding story to see what […]

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The Growing Cost of Inclusive Playgrounds

A simple idea with profound implications – build a playground where children of all abilities can participate. A place where adventure awaits any that enter. Imaginations free to explore, and not a single child left to potential ridicule for not being physically or mentally able to play. An inclusive playground. What could ever be wrong […]

Your Official Guide to Backyard Climbing Walls

These days, most kids do not spend a lot of time outdoors. Who can blame them? Watching TV and playing video games inside are fun! However, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity to keep kids happy and healthy. One way to get your kids moving is […]

The Comprehensive History of Rubber Tire Mulch

Listen to this article Rubber tire mulch is a recycled product with a large market.  The mulch is used in landscaping and valued for not changing color or rotting, unlike wood chip mulch.  It is also marketed for use in playgrounds as a “green” alternative to wood chips or pea gravel. How did rubber tire […]

Playground Hunt – Austin, Texas

When it comes to public parks in the city of Austin, connectivity and natural amenities are key features. Nowhere is that more true than in Austin’s northeastern corridor near the border with Cedar Park, Texas. Neighborhood design on Austin’s northern borders tends to favor development that folds artificial and natural features. That’s why it’s not […]

Liability claims hit playground manufacturers hard after injuries

Whenever one of almost 200,000 playground injuries occur in the U.S. each year, legal consequences for playground owners are common. But as injuries on outdated or poorly built playgrounds continue, municipalities are shifting blame to the manufacturers of the playground’s equipment. That means manufacturers, often legally shielded from playground accident claims by contracts with their […]

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Are suburban playgrounds safer for your kids? Not so fast

For many parents, open play spaces in the suburbs may seem like a safer alternative to the bustle and perceived crime in urban neighborhoods. But according to recent studies, urban playgrounds may have bridged the safety gap for children and surpassed their suburban counterparts in terms of availability and community engagement. In fact, well-built playgrounds […]

More musical instruments bring new tune to old playgrounds

Special to PNW by Kyle Blankenship A rise in the installation of “true-tone” musical instruments on public playgrounds has added a new dimension to children’s play experience, according to a national consultant for playground manufacturers. Mara Kaplan, an inclusive play design consultant with Let Kids Play! in Pittsburgh, said more manufacturers are designing playgrounds with […]