May 30, 2011, 11am PDT
Planner Sharon Danks says that as playgrounds become less challenging due to concerns over liability, kids invent their own, far more dangerous uses for the equipment.
May 26, 2011, 8am PDT
Community members in Philadelphia have taken over a languishing site and put it back into use as a temporary park space.
May 24, 2011, 11am PDT
Yes, people walk around more, less obesity, etc. But a report shows that city kids are less frequently allowed outside to play for safety concerns.
April 18, 2011, 5am PDT
A group calling itself the "Detroit Mower Gang" has gone rogue on the city's poorly maintained playgrounds, attacking them with weed wackers and riding mowers to get them back into shape for the city's kids.
The Hub (Detroit Regional News)
April 27, 2010, 8am PDT
A new Parisian park would cause American parents to go apoplectic, with a precarious slopes and a lack of rubber bumpers. It is the latest incarnation of the "adventure playground, says Alexander Trevi of Pruned.
January 14, 2010, 9am PST
NYC's Dept. of Education has committed to building 70 new playgrounds in the five boroughs.
October 29, 2009, 8am PDT
The Watford Borough Council has voted that parents cannot play with their own children in local playgrounds because they haven't had a criminal background check.
August 27, 2009, 6am PDT
Unstructured play is a mainstay of childhood. But dense urban areas offer fewer opportunities for free-form playtime, writes Alex Marshall. Kids have to take what they can get, and often it's not much more than an empty parking lot.
Regional Plan Association
April 28, 2009, 9am PDT
Advocacy group KaBOOM have launched a campaign to map play places across the U.S. called 100,000 Playspaces in 100 Days. The goal is to create a useful tool for planners for evaluating networks of parks and recreation.
April 10, 2009, 3pm PDT
Mike Lanza, an entrepreneur in Palo Alto, CA, is using his front yard as a place for his friends and neighbors to gather and play. Julia Galef from the Project for Public Spaces brings us this story.
February 10, 2009, 9am PST
Korean photographer Hosang Park's recent series exposes tiny, unknown 'parks' that are attached to housing developments around the world.
January 15, 2009, 6am PST
Want to get kids off the street? Build playgrounds on top of skyscrapers, like in this retro-future design from 1957's Mechanix Illustrated.
July 15, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Architect David Rockwell has some new ideas about what makes a good public playground. With movable, buildable foam blocks, his experimental playground in Brooklyn gets kids actively and creatively involved in their play.</p>