Parks and playgrounds are vital to a community’s health and well-being. Without these outdoor play structures, there would be less social interaction, less time spent outdoors and a lack of safe places to run and play.
Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 children are treated for playground-related injuries in emergency rooms. If you’re a parent, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, as kids are prone to injuries. Whether it’s jumping off the swings, falling off a ladder or running into another child, accidents are common place on playgrounds.
Inclusive playgrounds welcome children of all ages and abilities to play, learn and grow together. Providing multigenerational, inclusive play ensures that all people experience meaningful play and the benefits of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.
A community without a clean, safe place to play? Unfortunately, this is the reality for many suburbs and communities across the country. This is discouraging to hear because kids learn best when they’re exploring and interacting with others.
The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs reports that nearly 1 in 5 children ages 12-17 have special healthcare needs. However, few playgrounds accommodate these special needs. As a result, children with disabilities often end up playing alone or staying at home.
When you build a commercial playground from the ground up, you have options to choose every detail, from park benches to shade structures to inclusive playground equipment. However, one of the most important, yet overlooked, park amenities to consider is safety surfacing.