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10 Outdoor Spaces Beyond Playgrounds

Outdoor community spaces are essential. They provide an affordable and accessible way for people to socialize, explore nature and have fun. Playgrounds may be the first example to come to mind, but public parks, recreational facilities, outdoor fitness areas, corporate office parks and other outdoor spaces can all make a positive difference for local communities. … Continued

​​Eco-Conscious Solutions for Your Outdoor Spaces

Put simply: Making your park or community playground eco-friendly helps the planet. However, hidden benefits of an eco-friendly park include saving on expenses and improving your visitors’ experience. So, how do you make outdoor play structures more environmentally friendly? The key is designing your park with sustainability in mind from the very beginning. Sustainable design … Continued

5 Ways to Get Your Community Space Ready for Summer

Summer is just around the corner, and that means your community’s parks and recreational areas are about to get busy! City planners know the importance of maintaining an outdoor space that meets the needs of the people who use it ⏤ whether that means adding new site furnishings to a picnic area for gatherings or … Continued

Why You Should Advocate for School Playgrounds

Schools strive to promote and fund what is best for their students. This may include experiences to enrich students’ lives, improved equipment and supplies to enhance their education or quality-of-life upgrades to their surroundings (like repairing cracked sidewalks) to keep students safe and healthy. One key place where children can enjoy both mental and physical … Continued

Prepare for 2023 Projects with These Top Trends

From intergenerational play to incorporating natural elements into community spaces, there’s a lot to consider when planning your community park project! Thinking about how people use parks and what they need from outdoor spaces will help you design a project that benefits everyone in your community. Current trends provide a clear picture of what features … Continued

How to Create a Community Outdoor Fitness Area

Exercise is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It helps increase energy levels, reduce health risks, improve mood and more. The challenge is finding the right place to exercise. Not everyone has the money for a gym membership or the space for exercise equipment in their home. Outdoor fitness areas offer an ideal solution for … Continued

5 Benefits of Outdoor Musical Instruments

Outdoor play is about more than exercise for kids. Unstructured physical activity not only improves children’s health but also helps them develop social skills, explore their imagination and reduce their stress levels. Similarly, exposure to music offers a range of benefits for children, including brain growth, language and math skills, and increased memory and concentration. … Continued

How to Make Your Playground More Inclusive

Inclusive playgrounds are more than just a fad or trend in parks and recreation. New products, surfacing and designs have emerged to make play areas accessible for individuals of all ages and abilities — helping to bridge the gap from traditional playgrounds and equipment, which cannot always be used by kids with mobility challenges, or … Continued

How to Energize an Outdoor Space with Bouldering

When Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell belted out, “Ain’t no mountain high enough,” maybe they understood the thrill of climbing onto an artificial boulder, looking up the intimidating side and trying to figure out the best path forward. Not to mention the thrill of getting to the top! Or maybe they were just talking about … Continued