Participants must be employees of Ten Eyck Landscape Architects
Outdoor playgrounds are an open invitation for children to explore and engage with the world. As children touch, move, build and climb, they are learning—even subconsciously—about themselves, their companions, and the physical environment. Since childhood experiences have a profound and lasting impact, designing spaces for children’s play is a consequential undertaking. Presenters will provide an overview of the key factors that influence playground design and a deeper exploration of tested approaches for integrating elements of adventure, collaboration, and imagination to create an atmosphere that fosters self-determination and enduring enjoyment.
Parks & Recreation
Health, Safety and Welfare
1. Learn proven approaches for balancing compliance, risk and play value in outdoor playspaces
Consider playspace design from the child’s perspective—including layout, materiality, and surfacing selection
Review the importance of landscape and topography considerations to maximize play opportunities and influence user behavior
Peter Heuken, Julia Rousakis