Playgrounds

November 22, 2016, 11am PST
An exploration of how adventure playgrounds enable freedom for children living in a world full of helicopter parents.
The New Yorker
September 23, 2016, 9am PDT
KaBOOM! announced the winners of the Play Everywhere Challenge this week.
The New York Times
May 20, 2016, 6am PDT
Most neighborhood parks go relatively unused by adult populations and women, giving young children, mostly boys, the run of the place.
Pacific Standard
May 5, 2015, 12pm PDT
D.C.'s fast-growing downtown neighborhoods have new restaurants, offices and apartments—but few playgrounds. With thousands of children expected to be born in the District in the next five years, where will they all play?
Elevation DC
February 27, 2015, 12pm PST
As free-range children become an increasingly rare species, designers and psychologist are also questioning the effects of the sterile, innocuous playgrounds currently in fashion. How can play, and kids, get liberated again?
The Philadelphia Inquirer
February 17, 2015, 10am PST
Many rankings try to tell parents where the best places are to raise their kids. But measures that focus solely on narrow criteria like safety and schools often ignore the benefits of diverse, vibrant urban environments.
Family Friendly Cities
February 3, 2015, 9am PST
"One hundred years ago, urban areas were viewed as the place for economic opportunity, but they were unhealthy, congested places. Now cities can be very healthy," says the new director of Washington, D.C.'s department of the environment.
Elevation DC
October 30, 2014, 11am PDT
The "Using Behavioral Economics to Create Playable Cities" report suggests that so much time spent in front of screens, and the continued need to counter the obesity epidemic, requires new thinking about play for children living in cities.
Next City
September 19, 2013, 7am PDT
Writing for the blog of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Kaitlin O’Shea presents a brief history of the formal playground and explores the challenges of preserving these relics of our cultural history without compromising child safety.
PreservationNation
September 2, 2013, 5am PDT
Federal requirements often aren't enough incentive for municipalities to create accessible playgrounds, so parent advocates are paving the way for kids with special needs to access playgrounds.
NPR
May 21, 2013, 12pm PDT
Apologies for being a little late on this one, but apparently last Saturday was the fourth annual 'Take Our Children to the Park...and Leave Them There Day.' Sounds crazy right? Lenore Skenazy argues why it may be the smartest thing you do all week.
Slate
March 25, 2013, 1pm PDT
A new study analyzing the amenities in 165 parks in the four-county Kansas City metro region found that low-income neighborhoods suffer from a lack of play spaces, despite having more parks per capita, reports Emily Badger.
The Atlantic Cities
March 18, 2013, 7am PDT
Cecilie Rohwedder profiles playground designer Peter Heuken, who's at the vanguard of a trend towards bespoke play spaces that challenge children as much as they entertain them.
The Wall Street Journal
November 24, 2012, 9am PST
New research in child development is giving rise to playgrounds designed to build children's confidence in facing challenges and evaluating risk, Sumathi Reddy reports.
The Wall Street Journal
October 6, 2012, 5am PDT
An experiment in Germany engages kids to build micro-cities as playgrounds. The idea is coming to downtown Philadelphia.
Next American City
July 1, 2012, 5am PDT
Winnie Hu reports on a new effort in Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx to encourage adults into healthy activity.
The New York Times
June 30, 2012, 1pm PDT
James Trainor looks back at the history of New York's "adventure playgrounds" of the 1960s and 70s, tracing their origin back to the original Central Park dust-up between Robert Moses and local housewives.
CABINET
May 10, 2012, 5am PDT
Lisa Foderaro explores a program underway in select New York City schools to guide children through the eco-friendly redesign of their own playgrounds.
The New York Times
May 1, 2012, 1pm PDT
Emily Temple has collected images of "15 Amazing Playgrounds From All Over The World" in an effort to inspire the kid inside all of us.
Flavorwire
August 16, 2011, 5am PDT
Neighborhoods in New York City have built temporary "pop-up" playgrounds in an effort to encourage more physical activity among children.
The New York Times