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  1. Making the Most of National Park Week

    Making the Most of National Park Week
      This year, the National Park Service is turning 100 years old! To celebrate their centennial anniversary, they’re offering free admission to all national parks during National Park Week from April 16th through 24th. The theme for 2016 is “Find Your Park,” which encourages folks to find parks in their area, share stories through social media, and support national parks...
  2. Keeping Your Park or Playground Clean

    Keeping Your Park or Playground Clean
      Making time to get outside and enjoy your local park or playground? If you are like most people you enjoy the use of a community park for outdoor fun, and any given weekend you can see how important parks are as a neighborhood hub. They provide a safe, healthy place to spend quality time outside. Do you ever wonder...
  3. How Play Reduces Stress and Creates Healthy Kids

    How Play Reduces Stress and Creates Healthy Kids
      Children are busier today in terms of schedules, demands, and expectations than they have ever been.  That is because well-meaning parents are determined to provide ample physical and group activities that enhance their children’s development. It sounds like a good thing, until researchers started to point out the symptoms of stress and anxiety that children can develop as a...
  4. Why We Swing

    Why We Swing
      The first motion that children experience after birth is a gentle rocking to sooth them.  It is no accident that young children are provided with special chairs and beds that allow for a rocking to-and-fro motion to help lull them into a calm state or to sleep. Biologically, human beings are wired to enjoy the experience of a pendulum...
  5. Three Ways to Foster a Culture of Safety on Your Playground

    Three Ways to Foster a Culture of Safety on Your Playground
      Did you know that every year, there are more than 218,000 playground injuries treated at emergency departments in the USA?  When it comes to injuries there are a number of potential risks for children which can lead to minor or serious falls, or accidents. 44% of children fall into, on or out of commercial playground equipment. 23% of playground...
  6. The Evolution of the Community Playground

    The Evolution of the Community Playground
      It’s a fact that playground design and engineering has come a long way.  All you have to do is recall older model playground equipment and materials to have an appreciation for the safety of new structures and designs.   But it is easy to assume that playgrounds were always present and part of the traditional American childhood, but the availability...
  7. How to Prevent a 'Play Desert' in Your Community

    How to Prevent a 'Play Desert' in Your Community
    Think back to when you were a child. Was there a park or playground that was close to your home? Could you walk to that playground with your parents, siblings, or friends to engage in meaningful outdoor play? You may recall returning home when the street lights were turned on, and if that is one of your childhood memories, consider...
  8. How Parks Contribute to Healthy Communities

    How Parks Contribute to Healthy Communities
      When it comes to health and fitness, the United States of America trails behind all industrial nations. In fact, a recent article by The New York Times “The Kids Are (Not) All Right” reported that children in the United States had ranked an alarming 26th place (out of 29 countries evaluated by Unicef) in health. The only countries that...

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