White Paper

Unique Play Designs - Increase Play Duration

Case study on play duration

Considering some playgrounds are visited more often and can be more interesting than others, the KOMPAN Play Institute set out to research which factors users look for when visiting a playground and why. A case study was done at Frimley Lodge Park, a newly refurbished playground in the UK, where interviews were conducted with 262 adults and 95 children.

Results from the study showed that more than half of the playground’s regular visitors increased their visits to the park after the refurbishment.

See the White Paper below to learn more about the research and results along with the KOMPAN Play Institute’s five recommendations for designing attractive playgrounds that on average keep children playing for more than 60 minutes.

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Unique Play Designs - Increase play duration

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5 Recommendations for designing attractive public playgrounds

  1. Choose unique playground equipment - Something that stands out from what other playgrounds nearby have.

  2. Choose a wide variety of playground equipment for all ages and abilities, appealing to parents who influence their children’s playground visits.

  3. Remember playground equipment for the youngest children as most of the users were below 5 years.

  4. Make sure the playground has a WOW factor. People will drive a long distance to visit an innovative playground.

  5. Have transparency in design to ensure easy parental supervision.

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