- This topic has 12 replies, 13 voices, and was last updated 7:38 pm on November 23, 2019 by nicoler.
02/14/2018 at 9:39 am #26944
I’m on my town’s parks and recreation board, and I’d like to encourage the “Let Grow” mentality. What would parents like to see in parks and on playgrounds?02/27/2018 at 10:17 pm #27062
More trees to climb! The ability to hang tire swings and rope swings, etc. on trees would be really nice. Sometimes the big metal and plastic play structures end up taking over all of the natural elements that could be utilized if only we were allowed to hang swings on them without them being torn down.03/30/2018 at 10:23 pm #27345
trees to climb is a great one Lauren. I so miss the tire swing we had in the back yard hanging from the tree. That was fun since it felt like you were going SO high.04/04/2018 at 7:47 pm #27397
Playgrounds with some risk, or at least the ability to play with risk for those who want to. My 7yr old likes to climb on top of the kid play structures, (as in the very top of those plastic roofs) and I think it’s a testament to how little we think of our children that a 7yr old isn’t challenged. When did playgrounds become dull by the time you are five? We have to go to parkour gyms to get any challenge anymore. I’d love to see more challenging apparatus.04/04/2018 at 9:22 pm #27404
Agree with all comments above, particularly adding some challenge. When I would bring my 3 year old to the “kindergarten playground” at her older sister’s elementary school, she declared it “boring” within her first 10 minutes of playing there. After school, I’d see kids sidle across the top of a barrier wall and jump off down to the playground below (probably a 5 foot jump). I knew from seeing teachers talk to them that this was a “dangerous” and “forbidden” activity, but I never said anything because I honestly couldn’t blame them.05/16/2018 at 9:21 pm #28030
Sadly, our local park doesn’t allow tree climbing.. and parents who spot kids climbing trees shout at them and occasionally call the cops. So, maybe a sign stating “rules” or, rather, the “non-rules”, or just stating/encouraging tree climbing.
Another very popular park in my area has a lot of their structures made out of cedar. Google “Discovery Park Pleasant Grove UT”. Lots of hiding places and adventure spots and risk-taking structures. I just wish it wasn’t so crowded.06/01/2018 at 5:22 pm #28165
Trees to climb would be fantastic.
Although most of them have been removed in our area, merry go rounds are always the most popular toy on the playground. No question, every park should have one. The ability to borrow/rent sports and game equipment would be super fun if the park is near city hall or other city buildings. I don’t know how feasible that is, but it would be nice.
Jungle gyms/monkey bars that are tall, steep slides, balance beams that are more than a foot off the ground, just more “dangerous” activities in general. I’ve seen pictures of old parks and they are so much more intriguing. I’ve seen something that is like a merry go round, but it has chains or ropes or something so all the children run around and then kind of float like the swing ride at carnivals.07/08/2018 at 1:16 pm #28634
I’d love for our playground to have some guidelines posted for parents. Things like encouraging them to sit and socialize with other parents rather than hovering. Letting kids play and fight and resolve their own conflicts – and not to step in unless a child is genuinely in danger.
Right now I bring my daughter to our local park to play, but there are so many parents shadowing their children that she ends up in a small group that inevitably includes an adult directing the play. It’s frustrating on many level, not least of which is that I want her to socialize with other kids and NOT be having someone’s mom or dad push her on the swing.07/18/2018 at 11:40 pm #28753
We have a park near us that just opened a couple of years ago that has some good equipment that isn’t just plastic molded stuff. It’s South Park in Hermosa Beach, CA and if you google it, then click on images, you’ll get an idea. It is very popular. Some of the highlights include:
- Ropes for climbing
- A molded plastic merry-go-round (not metal and less dangerous than we had growing up, but still fun)
- A path surrounded by rocks with two little huts at the top. Seems weird, but the kids have a blast pretending that they are little houses, moving rocks back and forth between them, and lots of open-ended pretend play
- Concrete slides that are much higher than usual playground slides so they feel a little more dangerous and fun for older kids
- sand box with a button you can push so water can go in and you can make messy mudpies
So you may be able to incorporate some of these ideas into a playground, acamp730, that will appeal to a broad spectrum of kids. This park is very popular around here.09/03/2018 at 1:38 pm #29267
I would say that I’d want imaginative stuff. I remember growing up there was a park near my house with a human-sized train (4 wooden cars you could play in) and a stage coach. The heists we ran!
I think if a park has a theme, not just plastic generic equipment, it encourages imaginative play that can engage older children too.11/04/2018 at 4:17 pm #29928
When I was in Britain last summer with my 3 year old, we visited Chatsworth House, which has an incredible playground. What was so great about it was the mix of physical and mental activities as well as a gradation of zones based on comfort level of the kids. (https://www.chatsworth.org/farmyard-playground/adventure-playground/) I loved this place and really wished we had one of these around us.01/26/2019 at 10:31 am #30766
Bigger in all scopes – wider taller different equipment
Use of natural landscapes
more challenging equipment for younger and smaller kids
more like older playgrounds11/23/2019 at 7:38 pm #33368
I love the ideas to bring back merry-go-rounds, build around themes (like the train) for imaginative play, and incorporate the landscape. – In fact, I just saw a slide on a video clip the other day that was built right into a hillside, which let it be huge and fast without breaking any height restrictions.
But what I’d most like to see is simply more kids there! I took my 4-year-old niece and nephew to the playground the other day. The first small one we passed had nobody on it, and we were the only people at the larger one we stopped at for about the first 20 minutes or so. Finally, some other kids showed up, and mine were thrilled!
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