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The Evolution of Playgrounds

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on August 13, 2018

1970 CatalogPlaygrounds have been around for a while now. History has it that the first playground was made somewhere around the 1850s in England. Time went by, and there was no change in them. Visit any playground today, and you’re most likely to find a teeter-totter, climbers or a slide that were trendy back in the day when you were still a kid. There may seem to be no change, but you’ll be surprised at just how much these fun spots have transformed over the past few years.

The Transformation of Playgrounds

Here are some basic changes that playgrounds have undergone:

  • Purpose: Playgrounds were once that place where kids went to play and blow off steam. But today, thanks to childhood experts, they’re designed to help children to interact better with each other as they play. Thanks to the new and improved play stuff, children are shaped in all areas of their lives; physical, emotional and cognitive development.
  • Materials: Most playgrounds from previous years came in the form of treated lumber and metal. Fast-forward to today, where lumber is off the materials list since it drains toxins. Today, manufacturers use superior metals which have proven to be efficient and longer-lasting than wood.
  • Fun: With new materials comes new ways to have some fun. Engineers and designers have gone out of their way to add some spark to playgrounds with new play equipment like electronic gadgets. They’ve even managed to capture young minds with captivating shapes and attractive colors of the toys. The best part is, new ways are being explored to make the playground experience even better.
  • Inclusiveness: Playgrounds in the ‘80s had to be usable by people with special needs. Today’s playgrounds have a better deal. They allow children to engage regardless of their condition. This way, no child feels left out. Aside from physical conditions, mental conditions are also considered. For instance, there are quiet spaces for children who tend to get overwhelmed.
  • Safety: Over the years, this has been the most critical area which has always been considered as playgrounds are improved. You don’t have to worry about the safety of your kids as they play since today’s play equipment is much safer thanks to reinforced frames. With the top-notch play stuff that has smooth designs to minimize injuries, children can play as much as they want without you having to be overly protective of them.

Does Your Playground Scream Outdated?

If yes, that’s an indication that you need to act fast. A playground that’s not in line with the modern designs goes beyond a bad look. It may also fail to meet minimum guidelines for play safety, thus causing severe injuries to children. Old play stuff is a total turnoff and should be done away with.

If you’re clueless on how to give your playground that much-needed upgrade, there’s always a pro who can help you get it right. We can tell you all you need to know about playground safety and what you need to do to make it a haven full of fun and adventure for kids. Contact us today to set up a free consultation. 

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