White Paper

Innovative Products - The Key to More Play

innovative products the key to more play top slider image

Families choose play destination for its unique design

Playgrounds have been identified as the place within parks where children expend the most energy. The KOMPAN Play Institute set out to examine the retention of children and their parents on a newly refurbished playground at Flag Pole Hill in Dallas, USA.

The research included interviews with 177 adults and 50 children. “The outdoor playground is great for my child’s health and important because of the ability to get outside and get fresh air!” stated a parent.

The research done by the KOMPAN Play Institute shows that 98% of parents found playgrounds to be important and the main reasons are the positive influence on their children’s health and the fresh air.

The new playground at Flag Pole Hill amazed both children and parents and increased the use of the park by 77%. Of the parents that visited, 73% stated their main reason for visiting this playground was the unique product structures.

Parents indicated that for a playground to be attractive it is important to have unique play equipment for different age groups. A wide variety of play equipment ensures that the play area is fun and attractive for all ages and abilities.

Click the link below to learn more about the research and read KOMPAN Play Institute’s five recommendations for designing attractive playgrounds that keep children playing on average for more than 60 minutes.

White Paper

Innovative products - The key to more play

Download White Paper
Download infographic
5 Recommendations

5 Recommendations for designing attractive playgrounds

When considering the process for designing an attractive playground, the KOMPAN Play Institute recommends the following based on case studies like the one completed at the Flag Pole Hill playground:

  1. Choose playground equipment with that WOW factor: Unique play equipment was the main reason for visiting the playground.

  2. Remember that playground equipment needs to be appealing to parents, too.

  3. Have transparency in design to ensure visibility and easy parental supervision.

  4. Place the play equipment for toddlers together in the center of the play area to ease parental supervision.

  5. While 61% of users were below the age of 5, it is important to include playground equipment for all ages.

The research around play | Webinars & White Papers

Play for All - Universal Designs for Inclusive Playgrounds

Play

Inclusive

White Paper

Unleashing Creativity: Building Unique Playgrounds with KOMPAN Design Studio

Excited children playing on an inclusive playground

A Design Checklist for Success with Inclusive Playgrounds

saturn playground schools and public parks

10 design tricks for age appropriate playgrounds for schools and public parks

Tweens love playgrounds: 5 new science-based practice tips for school playground design

Adventurous children climbing over natural playground structures

8 ways to encourage nature play in playgrounds

Intrigued children participating in sensory play on a playground

Sensory Play: Science behind child wellbeing in playgrounds

More play and no conflicts

Play Value - The Influence of Playground Equipment

The more thrilling playground

Play value increases with sensory play

Equality in play - Survey on playground use in children with disabilities

Sensory play: The why, how and what of sensory stimulating playgrounds

Physical Activity Among Preschool Children

Tweens love playgrounds

Unique Play Designs - Increase play duration

6 tips to dramatic play outdoors

truly inclusive section

Truly inclusive - the reward of thrill in universal play designs

Energy expenditure on a KOMPAN school age playground

The risk-benefit equation of challenging playgrounds

Nature play and natural playgrounds

a children's play area with children playing on the playground.

A Design Checklist for Success with Inclusive Playgrounds

Children playing on a large playground tower made from more sustainable materials in Olins Park

Play for the Planet: Redefining Outdoor Design to Minimize Carbon Footprint

Sign up to our newsletter

Get updated with news, inspiration and offers right in your inbox.