In today’s challenging budget climate, it is easy to lose focus on what really matters. So things like education, health, and security should be especially appreciated and promoted. Playgrounds certainly support education by providing an appropriate physical outlet for children to vent their energy so they can concentrate better in the classroom. In terms of security, playgrounds provide safe places for children to engage in activities—away from busy streets and closer to schools and parks. Furthermore, one of the most important benefits a playground provides is a fun way for children to partake in daily exercise. In a recent article by Charles Q. Choi, he sheds light on the fact that obesity leads to poor health. The easiest way to fight off obesity is to fight off a sedentary lifestyle.
For playground vendors and landscape architects, this means that it is critical to design playgrounds that are not only attractive, so that visitors want to be there, but also that they are safe and accessible. Encouraging forward thinking designs that delve into meeting high benchmarks in aesthetics and use will advance more active lifestyles in today’s youth. Moreover, incorporating diverse features—slides, climbers, swings—will cater to the interests of different visitors better, persuading them to come back more often. Boredom should not keep children away from playgrounds. Imaginative, forward thinking designs can produce spectacular playscapes that kids can explore day after day.
Designing and building versatile, functional playscapes will also advocate for the production of more. And more places to play means easier access to physical activity for children. This is just one step in improving health, as well as education and security, but it is an important one. Through a high standard of design and implementation, landscape architects and playground vendors can create environments where kids want to play.