Playgrounds

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?
Feb 27, 2015   The Philadelphia Inquirer
Winnie Hu reports on a new effort in Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx to encourage adults into healthy activity.
Jul 1, 2012   The New York Times
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.
Jun 30, 2012   CABINET
Lisa Foderaro explores a program underway in select New York City schools to guide children through the eco-friendly redesign of their own playgrounds.
May 10, 2012   The New York Times
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.
May 1, 2012   Flavorwire
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)