Playgrounds

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.
Sep 19, 2013   PreservationNation
Neighborhoods in New York City have built temporary "pop-up" playgrounds in an effort to encourage more physical activity among children.
Aug 16, 2011   The New York Times
New playground designs are shaking up public parks around the world. So long, slides, hello interpretive playscapes.
Jul 12, 2011   Dwell
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 30, 2011   Grist
Community members in Philadelphia have taken over a languishing site and put it back into use as a temporary park space.
May 26, 2011   NewsWorks
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.
May 24, 2011   New Geography
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.
Apr 18, 2011   The Hub (Detroit Regional News)
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.
Apr 27, 2010   Pruned
NYC's Dept. of Education has committed to building 70 new playgrounds in the five boroughs.
Jan 14, 2010   Crain's
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.
Oct 29, 2009   The Telegraph U.K.
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.
Aug 27, 2009   Regional Plan Association