Archive for Playgrounds


apple heart We February is American Heart Month, a national observance designated by the American Heart Association to call attention to heart disease.  One third of all American deaths are related to heart disease, with …

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Are Playgrounds Too Safe? I Think Not.

NEOS2 Are Playgrounds Too Safe? I Think Not.

Lately we have been reading about playgrounds that are too safe, too boring, not challenging enough and so on. We even see studies that claim boring playgrounds lead to sedentary kids. We …

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LEEDing the Way with Play

rocky grove1 LEEDing the Way with PlayEven through these economic struggles, when development has slowed to a near standstill in places, one trend remains constant. The number of projects with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED…

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NRPA 2011 Annual Convention – WHAT IT MEANS TO BE GREEN

NRPA 2011 A NRPA 2011 Annual Convention – WHAT IT MEANS TO BE GREENThousands of park and recreation professionals gathered last week at the Georgia World Convention Center in Atlanta to learn about new trends and innovative products making an impact in their industry.  The …

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Are parks important places?

Last week, Barbara Tulipane, CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association, said in an email:

“Parks are often the first to be cut when state and local politicians are faced …

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Risk vs. Reward

climber green 300x231 Risk vs. RewardEvery year it seems more and more safety measures are imposed to ensure our children are safe.  In fact, the belief that kids will glide through childhood unscathed is becoming standard.  Younger …

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Multi-generational play proves popular abroad

Pingpong Multi generational play proves popular abroad

Throughout my career, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to many different places.  A common thread among my trips is that almost every city I’ve visited has a large park with playgrounds, …

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First Days in Haiti

Day one:  The only way to describe my first day in Carrefour is pure disbelief.    From the moment I stepped off the plane, everything changed.  The airport was chaotic and it …

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