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Protecting Kids from Climate Change by Greening Schools

Los Angeles Unified School District is in the process of implementing a plan to ensure that at least 30 percent of all campuses include green spaces by 2035.

August 21, 2023 - The 19th

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Playgrounds as an Essential Amenity

A London organization is working to bring ‘adventure playgrounds’ to park-poor neighborhoods, arguing that outdoor play is a key factor in child development.

August 1, 2022 - Next City

School Drop Off

Opinion: Stop Paving Seattle Playgrounds for Parking Lots

Seattle schools are often forced to reduce their playground space in favor of parking and circulation for private cars, but altering the city code could change that.

March 5, 2021 - The Urbanist

Coronavirus Pandemic

Why Playgrounds Need to Stay Open

California has reversed its decision to close playgrounds as part of the state's stay-at-home order after some legislators and parents complained and argued that children need outdoor play for their health and well-being.

December 15, 2020 - CALmatters

Coronavirus Pandemic

The Battle for Playgrounds

New York City parents are unhappy that fitness enthusiasts are turning to playgrounds for their workouts.

October 21, 2020 - New York Post

Coronavirus Social Distancing

New Density Control Measure to Close Some New York Streets to Cars

To encourage recreational walking while practicing social distancing in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked the New York City mayor and city council speaker to devise a pilot project to provide for open streets.

March 26, 2020 - CNBC


Playgrounds Could Provide Much-Needed Public Space

In communities lacking green space, public access to upgraded school playgrounds is a win-win solution.

August 25, 2019 - Fast Company

Dallas, Texas

School Playgrounds to Parks

More than 40 percent of Dallas residents live within a half-mile of a park, but the school district and the city are working together with nonprofits to improve that figure.

August 19, 2019 - The Dallas Morning News

Utah Winter

Utah Legislation Would Allow Children to Play Outside Unsupervised

After passing both houses of state government, a "free range kids" law to allow children to walk to school and play outside unsupervised is headed to the governor's office in Utah.

March 3, 2018 - USA Today

Empty Swings

Should Risky Playgrounds Make a Comeback?

From the mid-19th century to the early 1980s, playgrounds were designed public spaces that would likely horrify parents today. Swiss urban planner Gabriela Burkhalter has studied how these public spaces have evolved over the years.

January 24, 2017 - CityLab

Venice Beach

Proposed Law Would Ban Unaccompanied Adults from City Playgrounds in L.A.

There is plenty of debate surrounding a proposed law that would prohibit adults from entering city-owned playgrounds unless in the company of children.

January 12, 2017 - Los Angeles Times

Adventure Playground

Adventure Playgrounds Set the Children Free

An exploration of how adventure playgrounds enable freedom for children living in a world full of helicopter parents.

November 22, 2016 - The New Yorker


Friday Fun: 50 Ways to 'Play Everywhere'

KaBOOM! announced the winners of the Play Everywhere Challenge this week.

September 23, 2016 - The New York Times

Empty Park

'First National Study of Neighborhood Parks' Finds Few Taking Advantage

Most neighborhood parks go relatively unused by adult populations and women, giving young children, mostly boys, the run of the place.

May 20, 2016 - Pacific Standard

Washington, D.C.'s Downtown Playground Desert

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?

May 5, 2015 - Elevation DC

The Value of More Creative Play Areas for Children

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?

February 27, 2015 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Children Playing

The Shortcomings of 'Family Friendliness' Rankings

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.

February 17, 2015 - Family Friendly Cities

DC's New Environment Agency Head Discusses Parks and Agriculture

"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.

February 3, 2015 - Elevation DC

play fountain

For Playable Cities: Make the City a Playground

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.

October 30, 2014 - Next City

Playground Preservation: Protecting the Cultural History of Slides and Swings

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.

September 19, 2013 - PreservationNation

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