Posts Tagged ‘Community’

The Ideal Playscape, A Festival of Fun… A Culmination of Playgrounds

June 24, 2010

Creating an ideal place for children should be a priority for all communities. This place needs to be more than anything safe and healthy. It also needs to be accessible to the majority of the public in terms of location. Costs need to be manageable as well, both in upfront costs and in long-term maintenance. Once these basic requirements have been met, the final piece of the puzzle can be fit into place… the fun… the excitement… the entertainment. There is a way to satisfy everyone’s playground demands for fun, and that is by including all three playground types in a single site.

The first type of playground is the water spray park. This site is perfect for taming the summer heat and for making new friends in the community. Not only can a family enjoy the summer sun, but they can also be next to neighbors, friends, and future playmates. Water really brings people together and with a park that encourages water fights through the use of sprayers, cannons, and the perfect spot for water balloons, it is no surprise that the first type of playground at this festival of fun just maybe the most popular.

The second must is a lounge or picnic area and large fields for games. A shelter will shade patrons from the scorching sun and will also offer a great spot for tables, benches, and can act as the backdrop for barbeques. This spot will also act as a way for adults to better enjoy the tri-playground area because they won’t be forced to wait in the sun for their children to tire out playing. Instead they can be close to the third spot, the traditional playground, and can easily keep an eye on their kids.

The third playground is the ones we all think of immediately when the subject comes up. These include slides, swings, ladders, poles, and all the fun stuff. Playgrounds these days have a ton of exciting technology that children can explore and act off of. Some of these are the Orb-X, the Gravitron, and the Mega Tower. Now all can enjoy the park more with the combination of multiple playgrounds into one site… enjoy the festival of fun!

Water Play Sites for Younger Children… Uniting Communities

December 10, 2009

These sites promote community interaction.

Building communities is more than building houses in neighborhoods. There must be common places for people to interact with each other. When people know those around them, that group is stronger and more committed to each other. This is why it is so important that recreation sites are built in conjunction to neighborhoods… for kids to grow up with a sense of belonging, they must have something to hold to… experiences at a park will help provide them with this.

This location is perfect... its safe... its out of the way... its ready for fun lovers.

A site as simple as a Water Play area can teach children to play together and will allow adults to connect with one another. Here, summer days can create lasting friendships and will increase a group’s sense of community and its feeling of responsibility to the members in it. Its time to slow down a bit and return to what really makes us feel good about working so hard… its time to savor relaxing with the people around us and to do this, it takes a common place to meet… a park could be this place.

How relaxing...

Plus, how much fun will your child have at a Water Play park? Probably a lot. The site is fun, the water is cool, but most of all the other children there will make it a really memorable experience. Kids love making new friends, and it is really easy for them to do so when they’re having a blast. Play is the key to health in children… the benefits of play studies can attest to this. Let parks unite communities and help keep children happy and healthy… let the fun begin!

Duel-Use Sites offer Advantages to both Adults and Children!

September 22, 2009

Children are not the only ones who can gain from the benefits of play.  There is a variety of outdoor fitness equipment available from Miracle Recreation Equipment Company that can be built next to a playground so that while the kids are at play, adults can get in a workout.  By constructing sites that have duel uses, getting outside is easier than ever.  Why go to the gym when you could be outside, engaging in activity or exercise, while your child does the same, right next to you…

The Adult Course Horizontal Ladder.

The Adult Course Horizontal Ladder.

Everything from dip stations and balance beams to push up bars and vertical climbs are ready to go, from the Outdoor Fitness line.  In fact, there are so many apparatuses to choose from, a whole obstacle course could be put in.  So after work or picking up the kids from school you may not think there is time to do everything—including taking the kids to park to play and making time to stay in shape, all before dinner.  However, if your community had a space that both adults and kids could make use of, everyone could get in a little activity before getting too hungry.  The point is, everyone wins when parks provide activities for all ages.

The Adult Fintess Course Balance Beam.

The Adult Fintess Course Balance Beam.

Of course, safety is the next thing that comes to mind.  Communities will need to determine the level of safety required and what rules will best work for them.  Examples may include: only adults who have children at play can work out on the Outdoor Fitness equipment; and adults must make sure their child is still supervised while working out (this would be easy with a workout buddy).  Overall, the benefits of duel sites far outweigh the risks when the appropriate measures have been taken.  By placing adult Outdoor Fitness next to a playground, family outings are encouraged and time spent outside is a bit more convenient.

The Adult Fitness Course Vertical Climb.

The Adult Fitness Course Vertical Climb.

Increase the Effectiveness of a Site through its Layout

September 17, 2009

Beyond the features and the theme of a playground, the site layout will shape how visitors experience that site.  For this reason, it is important to consider many different aspects—such as the size of the surrounding population and the predominant age group who will utilize the space—when determining the placement of the playscape parts.  Catering to these factors will help increase accessibility, decrease congestion, promote safety, and boost the overall effectiveness of the site.

A Spread Out Layout will Cater to a Large Population.

A Spread Out Layout will Cater to a Large Population.

If the area around the site is heavily populated, a spread out layout might be the best option.  In doing this, a designer will allow children to move about in the open space between features more in order to reduce collisions, to allow time for features to become less crowded, and to provide much needed breathing room.  This act increases the safety of a playground and increases the effectiveness of it by decreasing the time kids have to wait around to ride on equipment like slides, glide lines, and overhead challenges. 

A Condensed Layout brings Visitors Closer Together.

A Condensed Layout brings Visitors Closer Together.

If the surrounding area’s population is rather sparse, then perhaps it is a good idea to condense the features of the site to bring the visitors closer together.  Kids usually like to play together, so having the features closer together will keep them in one area.  Also, if a large population won’t be using the site, the placement does not have to prevent over crowding, in which case having a more condensed layout will decrease the amount of time it takes to get from one feature to another, thus improving the effectiveness of a site.

For Younger Visitors, a Smaller Structure is better.

For Younger Visitors, a Smaller Structure is better.

The age group that will use the site plays a great role in the layout as well.  For instance, if the children at the playground will most likely be five and under, the features will not only need to be lower to the ground, they will also have to be closer together so that parents can keep a closer eye on those younger children.  If the children will be older, there is still a need for supervision, but more leeway can be given so the placement of the parts can be more spread out.  By taking the surrounding population into account during the design stage of a playground, that site’s effectiveness can be greatly improved.  

For Older Visitors, a site might be better having the features spread out more.

For Older Visitors, a site might be better having the features spread out more.

Building a New Park

June 23, 2009
Build Spaces that Benefit the Community

Build Spaces that Benefit the Community

The need for positive modifications to our cities is greater than ever.  Instead of putting in a new parking structure, how about building a new park?  Parks are advantageous to communities in many ways.  New jobs are created and insured through the creation of parks, as workers are needed for both construction and maintenance.  As all surely know, jobs are crucial for the wellbeing of the economy.  The production of a park can work well within the existing landscape to cut down on expenditures. 

For instance, water hungry grass can be reduced to being used in a few sports fields and some recreation areas and the usual grassy expanses of parks can be replaced with trails and bark areas to further decrease maintenance and water costs.  Reducing supply costs will leave more money for workers.   Open spaces like parks are places for activity and will increase the physical health of a community; creating more jobs will increase the economic health of a community.

Discover New Places to Build Playgrounds

Discover New Places to Build Playgrounds

Getting back to working within the landscape; there is no need to bulldoze the entire area.  Instead, landscape architects can use forward thinking design methods to incorporate the existing site characteristics into the new park in order to minimize construction costs.  In doing this, money is saved for future repairs/revisions and paying workers higher wages.  Landscape architects, urban planners, and city desginers may also have to stray from traditional park sites to find places for new parks.  But these are just some ideas.

Bark doesn't Require Much Upkeep

Use Surfaces that don't Require Much Upkeep

In building a new park, if a park had one soccer field or one baseball diamond and a few grassy areas past these, putting picnic tables on a large concrete floor under a shade structure, the need for costly water would be greatly reduced.  Also, construct a durable playground, one that utilizes methods to reduce maintenance supply fees, on a rubber or bark surface that doesn’t require much upkeep and additional money is saved, especially over the long term.  Then, use bark trails to form a series of loops around the whole site (fields, picnic area, and playground) for those who want to walk around.  By doing all of these things, parks can reduce expenses, while still providing jobs and a place to play.  All persons involved in the creation of parks must be particularly innovative in these challenging budgetary times for continued benefit of our communities.