The Evolution of North American Playgrounds From 1900 to the Present and Beyond
Prior to 1900, there were virtually no playgrounds in North America. As population moved from farms to cities, playgrounds were seen as a way to keep children out of trouble. Since then, both the art and practice of playground design have expanded to include safety, accessibility, and inclusivity, and to foster child development. Equipment manufacturers have adopted sustainability programs. This course looks at the architect’s and landscape architect’s roles in the past, present, and future of playground design and specification.
Accessibility / ADA
Business Practices / Contracts / HR
Parks & Recreation
Health, Safety and Welfare
At the end of the course, a participate will be able to:
1. Examine the history and emergence of playgrounds from the early 1900s.
2. Assess the rise of safety and surfacing as a concern for American playground designers.
3. Describe modern playground equipment and its impact on the health and development of all children.
4. Discuss emerging playground trends.
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