Families Love Thrilling and Sensory Playgrounds
What does it take to create popular playgrounds?
Promoting physical activity among children is a key concern, and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends play as an effective means to achieve this goal. One way for children to reach the recommended level of physical activity, is to stay longer at the playground. So, how do we achieve that?
In this study, KOMPAN Play Institute examined the retention rate of Veteran's Park Playground in Philadelphia over a 7-day period. Following the refurbishment of the playground, park usage saw a remarkable 90% increase. Parents and children attributed this surge in park attendance to the array of sensory and thrilling play activities available, catering to a wide age range.
5 community playground design tips
Providing active and thrilling physical play activities (the feeling of speed, height, challenge and rough and tumble play)
Provide play activities that engage the senses (touch, sight and sound)
Make sure that activities are varied in their play functionality (gliding, climbing, spinning, swinging, rocking and sliding).
Provide spaces for children and adults to socialise (high capacity play pieces with social points, as well as seating)
Create a safe and inclusive environment for all ages and all abilities