How many times have you brought your child to the playground and found the only place to sit was on an uncomfortable bench placed directly in the sun with poor visibility of the kids?
Popular playgrounds are often the ones that offer site amenities for caregivers. When parents and caregivers are not comfortable it often means less time on the playground for children.
The Inclusive Play Design Guide offers many ideas to ensure that both adults and children are comfortable at the playground.
Here are some tips for improving the playground experience for everyone:
During the planning process it’s important to consider the role of parents on the playground. Do you want them playing alongside their children or do you want them supervising from a distance? This approach can help children to explore new challenges on their own. Either way is fine, but these are critical decisions that will influence the placement and types of amenities at the playground.
If you are looking to create a playspace for children and adults then you may want to consider adding adult playground features such as Playworld Systems’ ENERGI to encourage the entire family to play and engage in physical activity together. Do the site amenities at your local playground foster or hinder participation from caregivers?