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Creating Standout Playgrounds to Attract Visitors

Unique Play Designs Increase Play Duration

Some playgrounds attract a lot more attention than others. To gain a deeper understanding of what exactly makes a playground enticing from a user perspective, the KOMPAN Play institute conducted research at a refurbished playground at Frimley Lodge Park, UK.

The case study included interviews with 262 adults and 95 children.

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

Click the button below to learn more about this research and read our five recommendations for designing attractive playgrounds that keep children playing for more than 60 minutes on average.

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5 recommendations for designing attractive public playgrounds

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

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

  3. Remember playground equipment for the youngest children (<5 years old).

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

  5. Have transparency in design (e.g. use of rope structures or multi-level sites with view points) to ensure easy parental supervision.