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Building a lasting legacy of play in honor of Wayne Anderson

mesa-buildmesa-buildLast week I joined 300 volunteers from Playworld Systems, Arizonans for Children (AFC), organizers from KaBOOM!, and residents of the Mesa community to build a cutting-edge playground that will benefit thousands of …

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Focus on phys ed

Shape-of-the-Nation-banner_1The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the American Heart Association (AHA) recently released the 2012 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA. …

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Playground surprise for Detroit boy

Can you imagine giving a child a full-size playground for their birthday and witnessing the joy and satisfaction associated with such a gift?  Recently, I had the opportunity to do just that.  …

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Play for all

Visit almost any playglifetrailround and chances are you’ll witness children having fun as they run, climb, spin and swing. What you usually don’t see are adults being equally as active.

As …

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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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Boring Playgrounds = Sedentary Kids

Could our societal priorities for young children – safety and school readiness – be hindering children’s physical development?

Recent research published in the February 2012 issue of Pediatrics magazine identified three primary …

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Today’s children – fragile, handle with care?

It’s natural for parentsbubble_wrap_22 to worry about their children, but today, some take being protective to extremes. A new reality show aims to help these worried parents give kids back their childhoods.…

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Landscape architects welcome new Inclusive Play Design Guide

bro1109026-Inclusive-Play-Design-Guide-cover2Playworld Systems recently participated in the American Society of Landscape Architects’ (ASLA) 2011 annual convention in San Diego. This year’s expo was the largest ever, with the second largest attendance in ASLA …

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