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Asbestos contamination in playgrounds is ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ warns NSW Greens
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Asbestos contamination in playgrounds is ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ warns NSW Greens

The recent discovery of contaminated mulch in sites around Sydney has triggered A broader examination of how asbestos and other toxic substances are being moved around NSW without adequate oversight, estimating that 350,000 tonnes of material from the building and demolition industry would be sent to landfill if testings were correctly identifying contaminated soils.

THE GREENS NSW
Asbestos contamination in playgrounds is ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ warns NSW Greens
Asbestos contamination in playgrounds is ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ warns NSW Greens
Australian playground manufacturer KOMPAN found to have used up to 95% recycled materials in playground equipment
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Industry-leading playground equipment manufacturer KOMPAN has announced that its entire range of playground materials uses up to 95% of recycled materials, meaning customers can create stunning playgrounds of colours and styles while reducing their carbon footprint. This comes after its announcement of an innovative and award-winning green line range in 2022.
AUSSIE LEISURE
Common mistake by parents that are harming Aussie kids
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Common mistake by parents that are harming Aussie kids: ‘ Really big problem”
Aussie parents have become too soft and are “smothering” their kids, according to an education specialist. While she isn’t encouraging extreme behaviour, she encourages that parents should be allowing the child to explore make friends and challenge their own abilities under a watchful eye.
Carly Bass
YAHOO!NEWS
Common mistake by parents that are harming Aussie kids: ‘ Really big problem”
Common mistake by parents that are harming Aussie kids
‘Risky play’ can be good for kids, paediatricians say in new guidance
Nathan Denette
‘Risky play’ can be good for kids, paediatricians say in new guidance

The national organisation issued new recommendations on Thursday that encourages kids to engage in unstructured outdoor play, risky play in particular. While it can be scary for parents to allow risk into their kids lives, the paediatric group say that this sort of play is crucial for children’s mental, social and physical development.

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‘Risky play’ can be good for kids, paediatricians say in new guidance
‘Risky play’ can be good for kids, paediatricians say in new guidance
Glow in the dark playground opens in Farmers Branch
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Glow in the dark playground opens in Farmers Branch

The 18,000 square foot playground code joya is equipped with interactive glowing parts that allow kids supply during the day and is designed to come alive at night the playground features a 27 foot futuristic sphere where children can climb inside and enjoy the zip line, spin zone, glow seating, swings, and an obstacle course.

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Glow in the dark playground opens in Farmers Branch
Glow in the dark playground opens in Farmers Branch
Plane-loving kids can now live out their dreams of being a pilot with an aviation themed playground in the UK.jpg
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Plane-loving kids can now live out their dreams of being a pilot with an aviation themed playground in the UK
An aviation themed playground is being praised highly by parents and plane lovers all over. The playground is located beside the RAF Museum Midlands with exhibitions and memorabilia. The official website calls it the family friendly aviation themed playground perfect for youngsters who dream of becoming pilots.  
Kara Godfrey
THE SUN UK
Plane-loving kids can now live out their dreams of being a pilot with an aviation themed playground in the UK
Plane-loving kids can now live out their dreams of being a pilot with an aviation themed playground in the UK.jpg
Parks with the best playgrounds for climbers
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What parks have the best playgrounds for young climbers?
If you’re looking for the best playgrounds and design choices for young climbers, here are some top favourites for older children who love to test their limits. This includes tall climbing structures, exciting play features and plenty of space for adventures.
Jessica Patrick
WRAL NEWS
What parks have the best playgrounds for young climbers?
Parks with the best playgrounds for climbers
Post moody strata forced to remove sign outside playground restricting public access
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Post moody strata forced to remove sign outside playground restricting public access
A council was forced to remove a sign outside a neighbourhood playground last month, which stated the playground’s use was exclusively for residents of their building. Bylaw enforcements sent a letter to the strata and the sign has since been taken down. The playground is said to be on private property but is intended for use by the public.
Patrick Penner
VANCOUVER SUN
Post moody strata forced to remove sign outside playground restricting public access
Post moody strata forced to remove sign outside playground restricting public access
Immersive 15,000-square-foot ‘playground for adults’ opens in Las Vegas
Immersive 15,000-square-foot ‘playground for adults’ opens in Las Vegas

Adults will now be able to play like a kid again with ‘Play Playground’, an immersive attraction debuting at the Luxor in Las Vegas. In order to enter the space, guests will head down a slide, just as kids do on a playground. It will be open daily for all ages including children, but nights are reserved for people aged 21 and older.

STAR TRIBUNE
Immersive 15,000-square-foot ‘playground for adults’ opens in Las Vegas
Immersive 15,000-square-foot ‘playground for adults’ opens in Las Vegas
Parents and librarians face off online over whether playgrounds belong in libraries or not
Sergio Marcos / Stocksy
Parents and librarians face off online over whether playgrounds belong in libraries or not

During cold and long winter months being stuck inside with kids of any age can feel like a never-ending nightmare for parents. Free indoor play spaces are hard to come by and now there is a debate on whether play spaces should be included in libraries. It’s an idea that recognizes a struggle many parents face, but the discourse took off as librarians weighed in to say why that was not a good idea.

Christina Marfice
YAHOO!LIFESTYLE
Parents and librarians face off online over whether playgrounds belong in libraries or not
Parents and librarians face off online over whether playgrounds belong in libraries or not
Child safe lock finally installed in playground after two drownings, years after multiple safety concerns were ignored
Child safe lock finally installed in playground after two drownings, years after multiple safety concerns were ignored
A pool-style child safe lock has been installed on a Riverside playground next to where two children drowned on New Year’s Eve in Perth. It is unclear if the children had been on the playground before they drowned but their deaths quickly turned the spotlight onto the safety of the area.
Bryce Luff
7NEWS
Child safe lock finally installed in playground after two drownings, years after multiple safety concerns were ignored
Child safe lock finally installed in playground after two drownings, years after multiple safety concerns were ignored
Mum lucky to be alive after tree limb falls on her in freak playground accident
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Mum lucky to be alive after tree limb falls on her in freak playground accident

A single mom has been left with horrific like injuries after freak accident on a South Australian playground. The mother was at a new playground in mount Barker when the limb of a gum tree ,without warning’ fell 8 metres on to her narrowly missing her daughter. She was left with a badly broken leg and was taken to a royal Adelaide hospital.

Joel Erickson
DAILY TELEGRAPH
Mum lucky to be alive after tree limb falls on her in freak playground accident
Mum lucky to be alive after tree limb falls on her in freak playground accident
Boys and girls club of Long Beach surprised with new eco-friendly playground made from recycled toys
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Boys and girls club of Long Beach surprised with new eco-friendly playground made from recycled toys
Working alongside Teracycle, an innovative recycling company, as well receiving donations from Spin Master, a multi-category toy company who owns PAW Patrol and Rubix Cubes, this new playground only took only a week to build and is made of many recycled materials including old children’s toys such as Hatchimals, Rubix Cubes and other plastics. 
Amanda Palacios
ABC 7
Boys and girls club of Long Beach surprised with new eco-friendly playground made from recycled toys
Boys and girls club of Long Beach surprised with new eco-friendly playground made from recycled toys
Candy Cane Themed playground receives new playground equipment
City of Heartford
Candy Cane Themed playground receives new playground equipment

The new red and white playground includes a multi slide play feature a tractor rocker, spinner, accessible swing set, new sign, bench, and fresh mulch. The playground was purchased in April but due to manufacturing delays, the city did not receive the equipment until late October.

WASHINGTON DAILY NEWS
Candy Cane Themed playground receives new playground equipment
Candy Cane Themed playground receives new playground equipment
Damages claim over boys fall from monkey bars is dismissed as judge says ‘accidents can and will happen’
Andrew Downes
Damages claim over boys fall from monkey bars is dismissed as judge says ‘accidents can and will happen’
A High Court has dismissed damages claim for injuries a boy sustained when he fell from monkey bars in a playground in 2014. The boy was 9 years old at the time and playing with his siblings when he fell to the ground at about the 4th bar along and was in severe pain due to his fractured arm which required surgery. An inspection of the playground revealed the defendants complied with their obligations of the playground.
Anne O’Loughlin
IRISH INDEPENDENT
Damages claim over boys fall from monkey bars is dismissed as judge says ‘accidents can and will happen’
Damages claim over boys fall from monkey bars is dismissed as judge says ‘accidents can and will happen’
Dismay as zip line playground plagued by vandalism in recent years now completely removed
Shaun Ganner
Dismay as zip line playground plagued by vandalism in recent years now completely removed

There were at least a dozen incidents from graffiti, damage to springs and arson fires that have destroyed the zip line over years. The repair bill has been estimated to have costed over €8000 so far and council has now decided not to repair it and have it removed instead to avoid further repair costs. This decision, however, will be kept under review to consider alternative opportunities to enhance the existing play offer in the future.

Andrew Gardner
THE ARGUE
Dismay as zip line playground plagued by vandalism in recent years now completely removed
Dismay as zip line playground plagued by vandalism in recent years now completely removed
Playground surface at new elementary school up in the air
CORKEEN.COM
Playground surface at new elementary school up in the air

The Conservation Commission voiced reservations about runoff into the nearby Fort River of chemicals from synthetic poured in place rubber (PIP) playground surface. There is a stormwater drain from the playgrounds that empties into riverfront and into bordering land subject to flooding and this type of material is known to have contaminants that aren’t good for people or ecology.

Maura Keene
AMHERST INDY
Playground surface at new elementary school up in the air
Playground surface at new elementary school up in the air
– Inclusive playground committee selling bricks for new playground to raise funds
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Inclusive playground committee selling memorialise/legacy bricks for new playground to raise funds
As it continues raising money for the park the altogether, Alberta Lee inclusive playground committee has started selling bricks that will be installed at the new playground books are $250USD and provides the opportunity to honour or memorialise a family member, your business or family name legacy.
ALBERTA LEA TRIBUNE
Inclusive playground committee selling memorialise/legacy bricks for new playground to raise funds
– Inclusive playground committee selling bricks for new playground to raise funds
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BELONG art playground: Dragon playground at Singapore Chinese cultural centre rooftop

The dragon themed playground has been inspired by Singapore’s local HDB playgrounds and all around are cut-outs of the Zodiac animals. This is a special installation for the upcoming year of the dragon.

Chun Fong
LITTLE DAY OUT
BELONG art playground: Dragon playground at Singapore Chinese cultural centre rooftop
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Playground temporarily closed after cancer-causing asbestos discovered in mulch nearby
Penny Timms
Playground temporarily closed after cancer-causing asbestos discovered in mulch nearby

A new park above the roselle interchange in Sydney’s Southwest has been closed after asbestos was found in some of the mulch near the children’s playground. Traces of the fibres were discovered in samples of garden mulch near the playground, which only opened 3 weeks ago.

Alexander Lewis
ABC NEWS
Playground temporarily closed after cancer-causing asbestos discovered in mulch nearby
Playground temporarily closed after cancer-causing asbestos discovered in mulch nearby
Reinstalled playground aims to bring new life to park with violent history
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Reinstalled playground aims to bring new life to park with violent history

The City of Stockton is planning to reinstall a playground at a park that was the site of a deadly shooting in 2020. The city’s goal is that the new playground will attract people from all over to bring a different crowd back to Sandman Park.

Tori Apodaca
CBS NEWS 13
Reinstalled playground aims to bring new life to park with violent history
Reinstalled playground aims to bring new life to park with violent history
Teens rip up Tennessee playground forcing city to pay thousands in repairs
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Teens rip up playground rubber surfacing, forcing city to pay thousands in repairs

A playground was vandalised by a group of teens, and it was all caught on camera. The patch ripped up may seem small, but the city said it may not be possible to replace the section alone instead they would have to replace the turf all around the playground which could cost around $25,000USD.

Marissa Sulek
WSMV4
Teens rip up playground rubber surfacing, forcing city to pay thousands in repairs
Teens rip up Tennessee playground forcing city to pay thousands in repairs
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Here are some of the best playgrounds in Western Sydney for 2024
With so much sun on offer in the western suburbs, it’s no wonder kids just love getting outside and exploring their world. One of the best ways for kids to explore the world around them is through play, and luckily for them, Western Sydney’s best playgrounds offer exhilarating outdoor play spaces. Here are 30 of Sydney’s best playgrounds in 2024.
Joey Richards
ELLASLIST
Here are some of the best playgrounds in Western Sydney for 2024
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8 year old boys birthday wish is for a ‘dream’ inclusive playground
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8-year-old boys birthday wish for a ‘dream’ inclusive playground
A group of parents is teaming up with a non-profit organisation to build an inclusive playground in West St. Louis County. One mother though, whose son has dwarfism, is on a mission to make the replacement of their local playground into a fun and safe space for kids of all abilities.
Sydney Stallworth
KSDK NEWS
8-year-old boys birthday wish for a ‘dream’ inclusive playground
8 year old boys birthday wish is for a ‘dream’ inclusive playground
Popular children's playground reopens after storm wind damage
Worthington Borough Council
Popular children's playground reopens after storm wind damage
The playground in Worthing had been closed after storm Isha winds damaged parts of the area including neighbouring fencing and concrete posts. Council had sealed off the playground after strong winds damaged the fencing and concrete posts, which meant the fence was leaning concerningly close the play area.
Jasmine Carey
YAHOO!NEWS
Popular children's playground reopens after storm wind damage
Popular children's playground reopens after storm wind damage
Aussie toddlers bloodcurdling screams after horrendous playground injury
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Aussie toddlers bloodcurdling screams after horrendous playground burn injury

A fun day out for one family turned horrific in an instant after hearing the toddler out in pain when she tripped and fell onto a hot metal plate,  causing significant in excruciating burns to most of her little body. The two-year-old tripped on the elevated edge of the metal plate, sending her toppling forward onto it ‘for only two seconds’.

Carly Bass
YAHOO!NEWS
Aussie toddlers bloodcurdling screams after horrendous playground burn injury
Aussie toddlers bloodcurdling screams after horrendous playground injury
RECYCLING WIND TURBINE BLADES PSIA
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A Global Waste Solution: See the breathtaking ways designers have recycled wind turbine blades for parks
When a wind turbine reaches the end of its life cycle, roughly 85% of its components including the steel tower, copper wire and gearing, can be recycled. Turbine blades, however, have proven an intractable challenge, though these international companies have discovered ways to reuse these materials to make pedestrian bridges, playgrounds, bike shelters, park benches and more.
Coco Lui / Sanne Wass
BLOOMBERG
A Global Waste Solution: See the breathtaking ways designers have recycled wind turbine blades for parks
RECYCLING WIND TURBINE BLADES PSIA
Two children dead after tragic New Year’s Eve drowning in Swan River near playground
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Two children dead after tragic New Year’s Eve drowning in Swan River near playground

Two families have ended the year in unimaginable heartbreak after their children drowned in the swan river near Burswood on Saturday. The boy and girl both aged 6 from different families were known to each other and were found unresponsive in the river just after 5:00 PM.

Kasey Gratton & Rachel Fenner
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
Two children dead after tragic New Year’s Eve drowning in Swan River near playground
Two children dead after tragic New Year’s Eve drowning in Swan River near playground
Man’s warning after ‘disgusting’ find on kids’ playground equipment
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Man’s warning after ‘disgusting’ find on kids’ playground equipment
The Queensland man was visiting a park along the Cairns esplanade a on Saturday when he noticed a couple of years needles that appeared to have been carelessly dumped on top of the equipment where kids play.
Carly Bass
YAHOO!NEWS
Man’s warning after ‘disgusting’ find on kids’ playground equipment
Man’s warning after ‘disgusting’ find on kids’ playground equipment
Rear view of little boy on a slide at the playground.
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Calls for government to dramatically increase funding for playgrounds

There are calls for the government to review funding for playgrounds, with some areas left without any public facilities for children. some of these funded projects will include the installation of an accessible mini basketball court.

Elaine Loughlin
IRISH EXAMINER
Calls for government to dramatically increase funding for playgrounds
Rear view of little boy on a slide at the playground.
Shocking pictures of hazardous seesaws missing planks and loose screws revealed the dangers lurking at Melbourne’s public playgrounds
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Shocking pictures of hazardous seesaws missing planks and loose screws revealed the dangers lurking at Melbourne’s public playgrounds
The herald sun has obtained photos from a review app, which shows a slew of dangerous play equipment reported by residents across the state of Victoria. There have been thousands of complaints made to local councils in the past year.
HERALD SUN
Shocking pictures of hazardous seesaws missing planks and loose screws revealed the dangers lurking at Melbourne’s public playgrounds
Shocking pictures of hazardous seesaws missing planks and loose screws revealed the dangers lurking at Melbourne’s public playgrounds
Vandal’s light fire and rip out plants on new Cambridge playground
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Vandal’s light fire and rip out plants on new Cambridge playground

Community services manager Brad Ward said a fire was lit in the middle of the swings, rubbish was thrown around, plants were pulled out and stuffed into toilets and hand basins and an attempt was made to burn the water fountain.

Waikato Herald
NZ HERALD
Vandal’s light fire and rip out plants on new Cambridge playground
Vandal’s light fire and rip out plants on new Cambridge playground
New playground arises debate from parents concerned about its safety for young children
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New playground arises debate from parents concerned about its safety for young children

A brand new nature play playground in the hills of Adelaide has divided parents some saying it’s too dangerous for young children while others saying it’s fantastic.

THE ADVERTISER
New playground arises debate from parents concerned about its safety for young children
New playground arises debate from parents concerned about its safety for young children
Macaulay Heritage Park playground equipment removed due to vandalism
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Macaulay Heritage Park playground equipment removed due to vandalism

A piece of equipment on the newly installed playground located at Macauley Heritage Park has been temporarily removed. The spring toy play feature was intentionally damaged, and the equipment will be reinstalled when replacement parts are available.

THE COUNTY
Macaulay Heritage Park playground equipment removed due to vandalism
Macaulay Heritage Park playground equipment removed due to vandalism
Massive early morning fire incinerates beloved Port Angeles playground
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Massive early morning fire incinerates beloved Port Angeles playground

At 3AM on Wednesday morning, officers and firefighters responded to a fire at the Dream Playground at Erickson Park. When they arrived, the playground was fully engulfed, with flames nearing 60 feet high.

Shawn Garrett
KIRO 7
Massive early morning fire incinerates beloved Port Angeles playground
Massive early morning fire incinerates beloved Port Angeles playground
PLAYGROUND TO BE RELOCATED
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Playground relocation decision due to two prior separate drowning incidents

The council addressed risks associated with the Thompson Water Gardens and Regional Playspace and voted to close and relocate the play space and investigate options for alternative locations. The gardens were the site of two separate drowning incidents in 2021.

Jennifer Pittorino
STAR WEEKLY
Playground relocation decision due to two prior separate drowning incidents
PLAYGROUND TO BE RELOCATED
Shade sails on the way to new popular playground after concerns for lack of shade
Chris Lane
Shade sails on the way to new popular playground after concerns for lack of shade

Parents and grandparents interviewed were overall very positive in their comments. However, there were common concerns about the lack of any form of shade covering to provide protection from the sun on what was a hot day.

Murray Trembath
LEADER
Shade sails on the way to new popular playground after concerns for lack of shade
Shade sails on the way to new popular playground after concerns for lack of shade
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Half-finished playground left fenced off in the middle of a newly built Cardiff housing estate

Residents have been left with the “depressing” sight of an unfinished playground on their doorstep. The developer said it has not been finished yet due to some outstanding technicalities with the groundworks on site.

Ted Peskett
WALES ONLINE
Half-finished playground left fenced off in the middle of a newly built Cardiff housing estate
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11-year-old boy who suffered multiple dental injuries that left him looking ‘like a shark’ in playground accident awarded €18,850.jpg
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11-year-old boy who suffered multiple dental injuries that left him looking ‘like a shark’ in playground accident awarded €18,850

The boys brother said in evidence that he ‘looked like a shark with his teeth coming up’ after the windsurfer had struck him in the mouth. The judge found that in this case, the equipment was defective after finding that it had a missing bolt.

Gordon Deegan
THE JOURNAL IE
11-year-old boy who suffered multiple dental injuries that left him looking ‘like a shark’ in playground accident awarded €18,850
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An elementary student tastes cocaine from vials found on playground, school says
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An elementary student tastes cocaine from vials found on playground, school says

A student recently found two small vials that contained a white powder at Evergreen heights elementary, the student then tasted the powder which Police later confirmed to be cocaine.

Helena Wegner
THE SACRAMENTO BEE
An elementary student tastes cocaine from vials found on playground, school says
An elementary student tastes cocaine from vials found on playground, school says
Aussie mum’s playground warning after 4-year-old child hospitalised
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Aussie mum’s playground warning after 4-year-old child hospitalised

A mum says her four-year-old daughter have suffered permanent eye damage or been forced to have her finger amputated after a playground incident she warns could happen to anyone.

Tara Meakins
YAHOO!NEWS
Aussie mum’s playground warning after 4-year-old child hospitalised
Aussie mum’s playground warning after 4-year-old child hospitalised
Safety message for playground users after thumbtacks deliberately scattered around two playgrounds
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Safety message for playground users after thumbtacks deliberately scattered around two playgrounds

Parents have been warned to be alert after thumbtacks were found scattered around two children’s playgrounds in Somerville. Victoria police said neither incident resulted in injuries and have not been reported to them, so they won’t be investigating further.

MP NEWS GROUP
Safety message for playground users after thumbtacks deliberately scattered around two playgrounds
Safety message for playground users after thumbtacks deliberately scattered around two playgrounds
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Luke Johnson
Seattle cancels plans for privately funded playground near a nude beach after public outcry and petition

The Proposal to build a new children’s play area at a beach park known as an unofficial nude hangout has been cancelled after facing major backlash from people who viewed the plan as discriminatory and unfair, clashing against the rights of nude beachgoers.

Daniel Beekman
THE SEATTLE TIMES
Seattle cancels plans for privately funded playground near a nude beach after public outcry and petition
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Queens residents say they've waited years for NYCHA to fix sinkhole at playground

The playground near homes at Queens bridge S sits in disrepair behind a locked fence, deemed unsafe after mats began sloping into a sinkhole. Parents say they’ve been waiting more than three years for the repair.

Elle McLogan
CBS NEW YORK
Queens residents say they've waited years for NYCHA to fix sinkhole at playground
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Vandals’ target Cooranbong playground with fire extinguisher
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Vandals’ target Cooranbong playground with fire extinguisher
Authorities have been forced to clean up after vandals targeted a lake Macquarie Park. It’s being reported that someone stole fire extinguishers off road work equipment, which was parked at the playground, before discharging them all over the park area and equipment.
Newsroom
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Vandals’ target Cooranbong playground with fire extinguisher
Vandals’ target Cooranbong playground with fire extinguisher
None Injured after car veers off road, ends up in elementary school playground
Nine Injured after car veers off road, ends up in elementary school playground

The crash happened just often noon when a car hit a utility pole in the 200 block of monks OD Ave and continued through a chain link fence before ending up on the playground of an elementary school. No one was injured.

Dean Fioresi
CBS LOS ANGELES
Nine Injured after car veers off road, ends up in elementary school playground
None Injured after car veers off road, ends up in elementary school playground
Albany’s sensory playground raises microplastic concerns
Jess Hume-Pantuso
Albany’s sensory playground raises microplastic concerns

Plans are underway to bring a sensory playground to Albany, but some City Council members are concerned with the PFAS, or polyfluoroalkyl substance materials proposed in the construction, which contains harmful chemicals used in wide varieties of household products.

Shayla Escudero
ALBANY DEMOCRAT-HERALD
Albany’s sensory playground raises microplastic concerns
Albany’s sensory playground raises microplastic concerns
BANNING CROCS ON THE PLAYGROUND
Abigail Dougherty
Why these New Zealand schools banned Crocs and jibbitz in the playground

Some schools around New Zealand have moved on to ban Crocs and their charms due to several issues including ‘confusion, trading/selling charms and occasional disputes over ownership’.

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9 NEWS
Why these New Zealand schools banned Crocs and jibbitz in the playground
BANNING CROCS ON THE PLAYGROUND
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Fayville playground has a new structure to help over stimulated children relax

The “Cozy Cocoon” structure is designed for children who need a cosy space to escape too when over stimulated. The spinning motion and interior tactile experiences assist children in relaxing.

Beth Melo
mysouthborough
Fayville playground has a new structure to help over stimulated children relax
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Corporation rejects modern playground proposal in dump yard despite locals agreeing to fund the project
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Corporation rejects modern playground proposal in dump yard despite locals agreeing to fund the project

The officials of GCC who inspected the site last week rejected the demand of the youths, owing it to the presence of a private trade that collects plastic waste in the area, utilised for the dumping of waste and collection of plastic waste for transportation for the cement industry.

THE HINDU BUREAU
Corporation rejects modern playground proposal in dump yard despite locals agreeing to fund the project
Corporation rejects modern playground proposal in dump yard despite locals agreeing to fund the project
Parents horrified to find nails and screws protruding from child swing seats in a play park
Parents horrified to find nails and screws protruding from child swing seats in a play park

A couple were shocked to find nails and screws protruding from two child swing seats in a play park. Photos were posted online of the vandalised swings, and many believe someone had intended to hurt children.

Darren Boyle
Daily Mail
Parents horrified to find nails and screws protruding from child swing seats in a play park
Parents horrified to find nails and screws protruding from child swing seats in a play park
Locals rage as Aussie council tells kids to ‘consider their noise’ at playground
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Locals rage as Aussie council tells kids to ‘consider their noise’ at playground

The sound of children’s laughter is hard to avoid at suburban playgrounds, but it seems that the joyous sounds of happiness is no longer allowed at a park in Brisbane. A sign erected in the playground says to consider noise levels and disruption while using the player equipment.

Carly Bass
yahoo!news
Locals rage as Aussie council tells kids to ‘consider their noise’ at playground
Locals rage as Aussie council tells kids to ‘consider their noise’ at playground
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Locals pushing back on proposed playground near popular clothing-optional beach
Residents share concerns over children’s safety, as well as protection of the safe space for beach goers as a new playground is set to be built nearby a nude and queer friendly beach.
KING 5 Seattle
Locals pushing back on proposed playground near popular clothing-optional beach
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five-year-old struck by falling tree piece near playground is improving, but still badly injured
Lori Van Buren
Five-year-old struck by falling tree piece near playground is improving, but still badly injured

The pre-K kindergartener was severely injured just after school finished over the weekend, with many students seeing the accident and watching emergency responders worked to save the girl. Similar trees were removed from the school property as a precaution to this incident.

Kathleen Moore
TIMES UNION
Five-year-old struck by falling tree piece near playground is improving, but still badly injured
five-year-old struck by falling tree piece near playground is improving, but still badly injured
50 Year Old ‘Black and chained monkey’ statues finally removed from park
50 Year Old ‘Black and chained monkey’ statues finally removed from park

At first glance, the metal trellis adorning a public bathroom in a playground in Riverside Park may have appeared innocent, besides the monkey statues being predominantly black and shackled by the wrists.

Claire Fahy
The New York Times
50 Year Old ‘Black and chained monkey’ statues finally removed from park
50 Year Old ‘Black and chained monkey’ statues finally removed from park
playground goes up in flames for the 6th time
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Beloved playground goes up in flames for the 6th time within half a year

Locals are reportedly fed up and demanding CCTV cameras be installed after their playground was set ablaze… again. This is the 6th time this playground has been targeted in just under six months.

Elizabeth Hearst
Q102
Beloved playground goes up in flames for the 6th time within half a year
playground goes up in flames for the 6th time
City council faces decision on protected trees after child injured in a school playground
City council faces decision on chopping down protected trees after child injured in a school playground
A child at an Infant School has been left with a broken bone after an accident caused by hazardous tree that this school isn’t allowed to cut down because it is protected. The school originally planned to cut the hazardous trees in 2022, though the council declined their idea.
Jamie Shapiro
WAVE FM
City council faces decision on chopping down protected trees after child injured in a school playground
City council faces decision on protected trees after child injured in a school playground
Collingwood slammed as residents now say replacement playground ‘looks like a prison yard’ .jpg
Yarra City Council
Collingwood slammed as residents now say replacement playground ‘looks like a prison yard’

Is it an art installation? Some prison yard exercise equipment? Or, perhaps, A multimillion dollar playground upgrade? To some disappointed parents in inner city Melbourne, it appears to be all three.

Mostafa Rachwani
The Guardian
Collingwood slammed as residents now say replacement playground ‘looks like a prison yard’
Collingwood slammed as residents now say replacement playground ‘looks like a prison yard’ .jpg
Emergency services help cut girl out of infant swing
Richard Gray
Emergency services help cut girl out of infant swing

More than 20 emergency service personnel swung by a playground earlier this month to cut a young girl free from the equipment after she became stuck. The 12-year-old became stuck in an infant swing for 45 minutes before she was set free.

The North Central Review
Emergency services help cut girl out of infant swing
Emergency services help cut girl out of infant swing
New Zealand’s next top model (park)?
Stacy Squires
New Zealand’s next top model (park)?

Dunedin City Council group manager, Scott McLean, said his council heard from 1600 people who wanted the city to invest in three parks with the most common request involving water play, fountains and splash pads.

Hamish McNeilly
STUFF
New Zealand’s next top model (park)?
New Zealand’s next top model (park)?
Residents on edge after swings burned at a Queens playground
Residents on edge after swings burned at a Queens playground

police say a set of swings were intentionally set on fire at a playground early Saturday morning. That, in addition to the fact that the vandalism happened on the Sabbath, led to concerns that the incident may have been an act of antisemitism.

Antwan Lewis
FOX 5
Residents on edge after swings burned at a Queens playground
Residents on edge after swings burned at a Queens playground
Remote school students enjoy beach-grade sand in new nature playground after delivery mix-up
Remote school students enjoy beach-grade sand in new nature playground after delivery mix-up

A school Oval in the northern goldfields could be confused for a pristine beach after the wrong delivery of sand was transported. Students at the local school celebrated the installation of a nature playground following weeks of construction.

Carwyn Monck
Kalgoorlie Miner
Remote school students enjoy beach-grade sand in new nature playground after delivery mix-up
Remote school students enjoy beach-grade sand in new nature playground after delivery mix-up
NATURE PLAY LEADS TO A+ GRADES
Study shows that nature play leads to A+ grades in students

Doctor Kathleen Bagot is a Melbourne based environmental psychologist and her research has shown a link between greener and more natural play areas and a stronger academic result among students, when compared to others whose school playgrounds were predominantly concrete and asphalt.

Parks Victoria
Study shows that nature play leads to A+ grades in students
NATURE PLAY LEADS TO A+ GRADES
Dog attacks three kids during recess after crawling under school fence
Dog attacks three kids during recess after crawling under school fence

Investigators say the dog escaped the backyard of a home that was across the street from a school. The dog crawled under a fence before chasing and biting several children. Three children were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and the dog was euthanized.

Mitchell Willetts
THE KANSASCITYSTAR
Dog attacks three kids during recess after crawling under school fence
Dog attacks three kids during recess after crawling under school fence
PERTH PLAYGROUND FIRE
7NEWS
Firefighters contain blaze which engulfed playground in Perth’s east

The major Bush fire broke out in piara waters in the late afternoon in what has been a massive day for bushfires across the Perth and Peel region. The fire prompted residents to flee the area by an issued warning from the department of fire and emergency services.

Hannah Cross
The West Australian
Firefighters contain blaze which engulfed playground in Perth’s east
PERTH PLAYGROUND FIRE
deem the slide unsafe and deteriorated
Iconic Big Blue slide remove from playground after inspections deem the slide unsafe and deteriorated

“The inspection found it had deteriorated to the point it could not be repaired and presented a safety risk to those who might use it.” The council city life director claims.

Pulse Hobart
Iconic Big Blue slide remove from playground after inspections deem the slide unsafe and deteriorated
deem the slide unsafe and deteriorated
PLAYGROUND DESIGN
City reveals public’s preferences for park designs

More than 1000 people including hundreds of children voted on the design proposed for Carrie Blake community park. A Sasquatch, a kaleidoscope and a classic board game were some of the top themes chosen for a potential playground redesign.

Matthew Nash
SEQUIM GAZETTE
City reveals public’s preferences for park designs
PLAYGROUND DESIGN
PLAYGROUND IMAGES
Why some playgrounds are in danger of disappearing within the next 5 years

This organisation, dedicated to creating more opportunities and spaces for children to play, issued a warning after conducting its own survey; that playground boards are ageing and there is a shortage of volunteers. Rising costs, partly due to lack of subsidies is also a concern.

Dave Ensberg
NL TIMES
Why some playgrounds are in danger of disappearing within the next 5 years
PLAYGROUND IMAGES
Vandal’s target and destroy priceless children's playground
WSYX
Vandal’s target and destroy priceless children's playground

A decades old playground meant for kids is now literally chopped into pieces. According to the property owners, the vandalism is out of control in One North Columbus community.

Jackie Orozco
ABC6
Vandal’s target and destroy priceless children's playground
Vandal’s target and destroy priceless children's playground
Unintended student in wheelchair falls off playground while at school
Unintended student in wheelchair falls off playground while at school

A child left unattended has fallen 5 metres from a school playground. The mother of the boy says that what happened was pure negligence and 100% avoidable. She still awaits the districts response to this incident.

WXII 12 News
Unintended student in wheelchair falls off playground while at school
Unintended student in wheelchair falls off playground while at school
Swastika found carved into playground equipment at suburban school
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Swastika found carved into playground equipment at suburban school

an elementary school district has asked police for extra patrols after a swastika was found carved into a piece of playground equipment. The swastika serves as the most notorious symbol of hate and hate crimes like these are being taken seriously.

BELLEVILLE NEWS-DEMOCRAT
Swastika found carved into playground equipment at suburban school
Swastika found carved into playground equipment at suburban school
A beloved piece of playground equipment, the jungle gym, turns 100 years old
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A beloved piece of playground equipment, the jungle gym, turns 100 years old

A beloved piece of playground equipment is turning 100 years old. The history of the jungle gym and monkey bars is full of weird and delightful twists, spanning from Japan to suburban Chicago.

Matt Ozug
NPR
A beloved piece of playground equipment, the jungle gym, turns 100 years old
A beloved piece of playground equipment, the jungle gym, turns 100 years old
Hanoi’s playground design based on traditional culture
Hanoi’s playground design based on traditional culture
Inspired by the legend of Thanh Giong, the recently launched playground helps spread Vietnamese patriotic spirit among local children and helps international visitors to Hanoi understand the country's history.
Vietnamnet
Hanoi’s playground design based on traditional culture
Hanoi’s playground design based on traditional culture
Newest playground in Wagga set to feature over 120 artworks from local community groups
Chris Roe
Newest playground in Wagga set to feature over 120 artworks from local community groups
Not only will this new indoor playground reach high into the ceiling, but it will have a regional theme and feature more than 100 local artworks. “We really wanted this to be the community’s playground, not just another run of the mill design,”
Chris Roe
Region Riverina
Newest playground in Wagga set to feature over 120 artworks from local community groups
Newest playground in Wagga set to feature over 120 artworks from local community groups
Driver crashes into fence of children's playground after losing control in Sheffield car park
Driver crashes into fence of children's playground after losing control in Sheffield car park

a witness told how he saw the driver of the Volvo lose control of the vehicle in the car park and ended up smashing into the fence of a children’s playground nearby. No one was injured as the playground was empty when it happened around 7:00 PM.

Michael Hull
yahoo!News
Driver crashes into fence of children's playground after losing control in Sheffield car park
Driver crashes into fence of children's playground after losing control in Sheffield car park
KABOOM breaking down barriers by building playgrounds in low-income areas
KABOOM breaking down barriers by building playgrounds in low-income areas

In Phoenix on Thursday, 100+ volunteers from Morgan Stanley, an investment banking company, teamed up with non-profit KABOOM to put their hearts and muscles to work on a very special project.

Cameron Polom
ABC15 ARIZONA
KABOOM breaking down barriers by building playgrounds in low-income areas
KABOOM breaking down barriers by building playgrounds in low-income areas
boy stuck between playground poles
Bothell Fire Department
‘Nothing a hug can't fix’: firefighters rescue boy stuck between playground poles

According to social media posts, the bottle fire department in Washington state rescued a boy who got stuck between two poles at his elementary school’s playground. Fire crews arrived at the scene in the city and used the jaws of life to extricate the boy from the poles.

Bob D’Angelo
KIRO7
‘Nothing a hug can't fix’: firefighters rescue boy stuck between playground poles
boy stuck between playground poles
Parents worry about slide safety as child falls 15 metres
Lawrence, Nakia
Parents worry about slide safety as child falls 15 metres
A recent social media post questions the safety of the playground and Triumph Park in Waukee over a post made by a woman claiming that her grandchild fell from the walkway to a slide, about 15 metres high off the ground.
CNN Newsource
News 21 Channel
Parents worry about slide safety as child falls 15 metres
Parents worry about slide safety as child falls 15 metres
West van dad voices concern over needles found in school playground
Jane Seyd
Dad voices concern over needles found in school playground

After taking his daughter to a school playground and finding needles scattered amongst the playground area, a debate now rages about the province plan to restrict drug use in more public spaces.

Jane Seyd
North Shore News
Dad voices concern over needles found in school playground
West van dad voices concern over needles found in school playground
New playground gives more reasons to visit popular lake suburb
Why this new playground gives more reasons to visit popular lake suburb

An all-new custom playground an four new picnic shelters have been added an already popular hunting, boating, camping and fishing hotspot. Delivered in time for the school holidays, the playground will provide an extra element of fun and adventure to visitors.

Rebecca Riddle
NEWCASTLE WEEKLY
Why this new playground gives more reasons to visit popular lake suburb
New playground gives more reasons to visit popular lake suburb
Child hurt after car crashes through day-care playground
Persbureau Meter
Child hurt after car crashes through day-care playground

A child was left injured when a car crashed into the playground of a day-care centre on Monday morning. Emergency services rushed the child to nearby hospital, while another also took the driver of the car to the hospital with injuries.

NL TIMES
Child hurt after car crashes through day-care playground
Child hurt after car crashes through day-care playground
Vandal’s target and destroy priceless children's playground
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Termite-infested tree falls near families celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival in Woodland Playground

Admiralty residents celebrating the mid-autumn festival at a playground on Friday night got a shock when a tree fell near them.

Wallace Woon
THE STRAITS TIMES
Termite-infested tree falls near families celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival in Woodland Playground
Vandal’s target and destroy priceless children's playground
Dave Zajac
Playground safety given closer look as Wallingford-owned property scrutinized
Town officials address a report with Town Council members last week that pointed out potential safety hazards at town-owned properties. These issues included parks that have come under scrutiny due to the playground equipment being burned down last year.
Kate Ramnni
my record journal
Playground safety given closer look as Wallingford-owned property scrutinized
Residents lament the loss of popular Venice Beach playground.jpg
Residents lament the loss of popular Venice Beach playground

Families who frequented a popular playground located at 1 Windward Ave near a police substation were distressed recently to find the location taped off by the city of LA department of recreation and parks. The playground is slated for demolition due to deterioration.

SMDP
Residents lament the loss of popular Venice Beach playground
Residents lament the loss of popular Venice Beach playground.jpg
Featuring log playground design that ‘triggers long-lost’ memories
Creative log playground design highly supported by community
Kengo Kuma and Associates collaborated with playground design company Earthscape to design a playground from an array of timber logs assembled to resemble a mountain. Commenters loved the structure, some stating it “triggers long-lost memories”.
Saudatu Bah
DEZEEN
Creative log playground design highly supported by community
Featuring log playground design that ‘triggers long-lost’ memories
NYC's first sustainable playground designed by students opens
NYC's first student-designed sustainable school playground opens

The mayor’s office of climate and environmental justice joined forces with trust for public land to improve green spaces at schools across the city. A student committee helped design the green roof gazebo, permeable pavement and artificial turn that captures storm water.

Alecia Reid
CBS NEW YORK
NYC's first student-designed sustainable school playground opens
NYC's first sustainable playground designed by students opens
The top list of securely fenced playgrounds across Brisbane
The top list of securely fenced playgrounds across Brisbane
There’s plenty of playgrounds across Brisbane for you and your family to enjoy. Many are fully fenced, which is great to help keep your mind at ease when the kids are running amuck. These playgrounds vary in size, location, facilities, age groups and are equipped with everything from swings, sandpits, climbing frames to cubby houses.
BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL
The top list of securely fenced playgrounds across Brisbane
The top list of securely fenced playgrounds across Brisbane
New data tool shows cities where to build their next playground
Jared Piper
New data tool shows cities where to build their next playground

Play space inequity and KABOOM!, a national non-profit, is working to end systemic racism that is denying areas with children of colour to have safe play spaces. To achieve these goals KABOOM! has taken a data informed approach to help drive resources to those communities most in need.

Amanda Loudin
NEXT CITY
New data tool shows cities where to build their next playground
New data tool shows cities where to build their next playground
Clive offers $5000 reward to help solve arson that destroyed the playground at Stonegate park.jpg
City Of Clive
Clive offers $5000 reward to help solve arson that destroyed the playground at Stonegate Park

Police end Urbandale firefighters were dispatched around 1:00 AM to Stonegate park and found one of the playground ‘s largest structures engulfed in flames. The structure which is the playgrounds main feature that includes slides and climbers was severely damaged and can cost approximately $100,000 to replace.

Noelle Alviz-Gransee
DES MOINES REGISTER
Clive offers $5000 reward to help solve arson that destroyed the playground at Stonegate Park
Clive offers $5000 reward to help solve arson that destroyed the playground at Stonegate park.jpg
McPherson child shot with arrow on school playground
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7-year-old shot with stray arrow on school playground during recess
Police say the man they arrested allegedly shot a bow and arrow in the area, resulting in the child getting hit. The school district said the man was doing target practise at a neighbouring property and took responsibility for the incident.
Laura McMillan, Derek Lytle
KSN
7-year-old shot with stray arrow on school playground during recess
McPherson child shot with arrow on school playground
Council steps in over parent’s playground gripe to explain ‘odd’ design
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Council steps in over parent’s playground gripe to explain ‘odd’ design
When one parent criticised the new disability playground at a Sydney Park, his comments kicked up a storm of heated discussion. While some thought the feature was ‘odd’ for safety reasons the majority were overwhelmingly in favour of the sandpit.
Nicole Illagoueva
YAHOO!NEWS
Council steps in over parent’s playground gripe to explain ‘odd’ design
Council steps in over parent’s playground gripe to explain ‘odd’ design
How playground zones have transformed school break times
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How playground zones have transformed school break times
Some children can find lunchtimes trickier especially if they struggle with speech and language, social communication, or the lack of structure that playtime spring. Having a play space split into different areas is very beneficial to children of all needs.
Layla Gambell
TES MAGAZINE
How playground zones have transformed school break times
How playground zones have transformed school break times
school opens inclusive playground to students
‘Everybody has somewhere they can go’: Elementary school opens inclusive playground to students
While every kid loves a brand-new playground, the one installed at Eggert elementary school serves an added purpose to be more accessible giving every kid a chance and place to play.
Derek Heid
WKBW
‘Everybody has somewhere they can go’: Elementary school opens inclusive playground to students
school opens inclusive playground to students
Tuncurry water playground to make an official splash
Tuncurry water playground to make an official splash

Since its soft launch in September, the water playground has received rave reviews from both local children and parents for its inclusive features, making accessible to fun loving locals and visitors of all abilities.

MIDCOAST
Tuncurry water playground to make an official splash
Tuncurry water playground to make an official splash
Geelong popular playground to undergo significant repairs
Geelong popular playground to undergo significant repairs
Geelong’s much loved poppy kettle playground with sues soon close temporarily to undergo significant repair works the works will include the installation of a new slide which forces the whole place space to close for a period of time from November this year.
Nathan Rivalland
GEELONG TIMES
Geelong popular playground to undergo significant repairs
Geelong popular playground to undergo significant repairs
10 unique “unconventional” playgrounds designed for exploration 2
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10 unique “unconventional” playgrounds designed for exploration

Searches for playgrounds have been climbing steadily on Pinterest over the last year. Designers and studios in this roundup have aimed to create unique spaces for children that encourage them to explore and discover. We round up 10 unconventional playgrounds from our Pinterest.

Saudatu Bah
DEZEEN
10 unique “unconventional” playgrounds designed for exploration
10 unique “unconventional” playgrounds designed for exploration 2
Park’s popular lost ‘little playground’ would never pass modern health and safety rules.jpg
Park’s popular lost ‘little playground’ would never pass modern health and safety rules
Back in the 80’s one of the best playgrounds in the city was the “small playground” in east park. Here there were all sorts of rides that were just as likely to maim as to thrill. These days playgrounds are much safer though, perhaps a little less exciting.
Paul Johnson
HULL LIVE
Park’s popular lost ‘little playground’ would never pass modern health and safety rules
Park’s popular lost ‘little playground’ would never pass modern health and safety rules.jpg
Design plans for large district playground in Canberra released for comment
Design plans for large district playground in Canberra released for comment

Open green space next to cameras technology park will soon be transformed into a large district-level playground. Construction is slated to start next year, with draught design plans released to receive community feedback.

Claire Fenwicke, Travis Radford
RIOTACT
Design plans for large district playground in Canberra released for comment
Design plans for large district playground in Canberra released for comment
Photo-by-WKAR-Arjun-Thakkar
Accessible 3-million-dollar barrier-free all abilities playground opens

A new $3 million accessible playground is now open near downtown Lansing. The new playground is adjacent to the riverfront park, and it is designed to be accessible for people with physical, sensory and developmental disabilities. The structure is barrier-free and includes ramps so that all kids can access every level of the playground.

Arjun Thakkar
WKAR
Accessible 3-million-dollar barrier-free all abilities playground opens
Photo-by-WKAR-Arjun-Thakkar
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Take 5: Perth playgrounds with coffee

This massive multi-level playground in King spark has equipment for kids of all ages. There is plenty of space to spread out a picnic rug, or you can head to the Koorak Cafe (formally known as sticky beaks), which has lovely outdoor tables that look out over the play equipment.

Belle Taylor
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
Take 5: Perth playgrounds with coffee
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2 toddler drownings near playground could have been prevented if the 11 public complaints were taken seriously.
2 toddler drownings near playground could have been prevented if the 11 public complaints were taken seriously
Maribyrnong council ignores 11 playground fence complaints before two toddler drownings. There were almost a dozen complaints about broken locks and playground fencing before two preventable toddler drownings in Victoria.
HERALD SUN
2 toddler drownings near playground could have been prevented if the 11 public complaints were taken seriously
2 toddler drownings near playground could have been prevented if the 11 public complaints were taken seriously.
Sail away! Praise as shade sails are installed over local playground AUSTRALIA
Sail away! Praise as shade sails are installed over local NSW playground

The shade sails are an addition to trees being planted around old playgrounds in the local government area as part of council strategy to increase shade for all local playgrounds.

COUNCIL NEWS WAGGA
Sail away! Praise as shade sails are installed over local NSW playground
Sail away! Praise as shade sails are installed over local playground AUSTRALIA
old playground at purple heart park fails inspection, will be removed
Old popular playground fails inspection, will be removed despite requests to keep it.
The playground is over 30 years old and the parts that need to be replaced are not made anymore. Though a long time coming, the neighbourhood association had asked the council to keep this much-loved playground as long as possible, but a certified playground safety inspector says that the playground is just too unsafe.
13NEWS
Old popular playground fails inspection, will be removed despite requests to keep it.
old playground at purple heart park fails inspection, will be removed
Police investigate vandalism and ‘hooning’ at playground and parkland
Police investigate vandalism and ‘hooning’ at playground and parkland
Media posts indicate that a white 4-wheel-drive was hooning on the grass surface when it fully rolled over and landed back on its wheels, leaving tire marks and holes in the grass.
Simon McGuire
THE ADVOCATE
Police investigate vandalism and ‘hooning’ at playground and parkland
Police investigate vandalism and ‘hooning’ at playground and parkland
Thieves cost council close to $10,000 after targeting playground fences in ‘well-orchestrated operation’
Thieves cost council close to $10,000 after targeting playground fences in ‘well-orchestrated operation’
Noosa council is facing an unnecessary bill of nearly $10,000 to replace stolen fence panels and two gates from the Hinton adventure playground in Cooroy. The 27 powder coated fence panels were removed from their posts on Sunday night.
Francis Witsenhuysen
SUNSHINE COAST NEWS
Thieves cost council close to $10,000 after targeting playground fences in ‘well-orchestrated operation’
Thieves cost council close to $10,000 after targeting playground fences in ‘well-orchestrated operation’
Miner backs hospital rehab playground
Miner backs hospital playground that will support rehabilitation for sick children
Chief corporate affairs office at Bendigo health said the new playground would support the sick and injured children of the region. The play area will be for children undergoing rehabilitation treatments at the new clinical services campus.
Sophie Founé
TIMES NEWS GROUP
Miner backs hospital playground that will support rehabilitation for sick children
Miner backs hospital rehab playground
Long-awaited multimillion dollar playground damaged after firefighters rescue stuck child
Long-awaited multimillion dollar playground damaged after firefighters rescue stuck child
Only two weeks after its much-anticipated opening, a child got their elbow stuck in the play equipment designed for 2–5-year-old toddlers, whereas this child was aged 7. Fire responders said they used a tool like the jaws of life to release the child.
Brisa Colón
KSBW
Long-awaited multimillion dollar playground damaged after firefighters rescue stuck child
Long-awaited multimillion dollar playground damaged after firefighters rescue stuck child
playground in flames australia
Teens accused of setting fire to playground with ‘bomb’
Firefighters raced to this early morning inferno in Thornlands following frantic calls from residents who woke to the sound of explosions around 3:00 AM. One local approached five teenagers at the scene, but they fled quickly. Police are investigating whether any homemade explosives may have been used.
9NEWS
Teens accused of setting fire to playground with ‘bomb’
playground in flames australia
Brisbane city council accused of letting playground equipment fall into disrepair
7NEWS
Brisbane city council accused of letting playground equipment fall into disrepair
Brisbane city council is coming under fire for letting the playground slide into disrepair, with accusations some pieces of equipment haven’t been lying broken for months 7 news has been given the maintenance list and the suburbs affected.
7 NEWS AUSTRALIA
Brisbane city council accused of letting playground equipment fall into disrepair
Brisbane city council accused of letting playground equipment fall into disrepair
JILLIANA RICHY - DEATH
yahoo
Serious playground injuries: what to check before your children play
Jilliana Richey was nine years old when she ran underneath an old metal slide that was estimated to weigh over 200lbs. The slide came down on top of her when she swung on it, ultimately causing her death later in hospital. Her father has now made it part of his life purpose to make sure that playgrounds are safe for other children.
YAHOO!NEWS
Serious playground injuries: what to check before your children play
JILLIANA RICHY - DEATH
Parents campaign to improve ‘depressing’ oxford playground facilities
Parents campaign to improve ‘depressing’ oxford playground facilities

The Oxford Road Park parents have launched a campaign for investment from their council to improve the 3.9-acre park. Oxford road park currently includes a playground, basketball court and sports field. Parents say the Equipment, seating and the facilities sports equipment is falling apart.

Olivia Christie
Oxford Mail
Parents campaign to improve ‘depressing’ oxford playground facilities
Parents campaign to improve ‘depressing’ oxford playground facilities
27 essential pieces of playground equipment for schools DRAWING
27 essential pieces of playground equipment for schools

Looking for new ways to spruce up your playground equipment? You’ve come to the right place! Below, we look at 27 pieces of play equipment that are essential for various grade levels of children.

Lauren Du Plessis
Teaching Expertise
27 essential pieces of playground equipment for schools
27 essential pieces of playground equipment for schools DRAWING
Leeds residents describe scenes of shock as unfinished playground goes up in flames in Hyde Park
Residents describe scenes of shock as unfinished playground goes up in flames in Hyde Park

A piece of apparatus on a park that is currently being developed by royal park Rd in the hired park area of the city was set on fire this afternoon as well as the tarmac around the wheel like contraption.

Charles Gray
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Residents describe scenes of shock as unfinished playground goes up in flames in Hyde Park
Leeds residents describe scenes of shock as unfinished playground goes up in flames in Hyde Park
Adult ’Lazy bench’ design encourages parents to battle muscle
3 new Adult ’Lazy bench’ designs encourage parents to battle muscle loss and light exercise on playground visits

When we turn 30, we start to lose muscles. That’s exactly the age when most people become parents and stop exercising, instead they watch their children have fun while simply sitting on a bench. Helan, Health Insurance and Famous Grey have introduced an adult friendly feature to children’s playgrounds, a series of unique benches that require users to engage in light strength exercises.

LITTLE BLACK BOOK
3 new Adult ’Lazy bench’ designs encourage parents to battle muscle loss and light exercise on playground visits
Adult ’Lazy bench’ design encourages parents to battle muscle
KIDS WORLD 30 YEAR OLD WOODEN PLAYGROUND MAINTENENCE
How a 30-year-old all-wood playground holds its maintenance to ensure it holds up year after year.

Kids world was initially constructed in 1993 by hundreds of community volunteers in just one week. The 8000 square foot wooden playground is popular, well-loved and was built by the community, so keeping it in good condition is very important to the locals. The unique all wood structure requires a special maintenance regimen to ensure it can hold up against the elements year after year.

City Of Santa Barbara
INDEPENDANT
How a 30-year-old all-wood playground holds its maintenance to ensure it holds up year after year.
KIDS WORLD 30 YEAR OLD WOODEN PLAYGROUND MAINTENENCE
EXPOSED BOLT CAUSES DEEP GASH AND SCARRING INJURY
Family pushing ahead lawsuit against farm playground as child ends up with sizeable L shaped scar.

She was 11 at the time and remembers stepping off onto the platform, her tights snagging onto an exposed bolt as it ripped her leg open. After a moderately successful scar reduction surgery, the family sued Washington farms for failing to maintain the playground equipment.

Dana Fowle
FOX5 Atlanta
Family pushing ahead lawsuit against farm playground as child ends up with sizeable L shaped scar.
EXPOSED BOLT CAUSES DEEP GASH AND SCARRING INJURY
Guide to Playground safety: preventing common injuries and ensuring children's wellbeing.

Playground time is supposed to be fun, but it sometimes leads to injury. Many of those injuries that occur on playgrounds can be avoided with precautionary measures. Lack of supervision, investigating, misjudgement, coordination, and risky choices are among the many ways common playground injuries occur.

Hackensack Meridian Health
Guide to Playground safety: preventing common injuries and ensuring children's wellbeing.
PUBLIC TOILETS NEAR PLAYGROUND
GOOGLE
Playground being 'used as toilet' concerns parents

The slide/climbing tower at a new sports hub is being used as a public toilet, it has been claimed. A woman living in the town says that people are defecating and urinating on the tower and slide and had seen urine and faeces on the equipment when she brought her two children to the playground.

tipperarylive
Playground being 'used as toilet' concerns parents
PUBLIC TOILETS NEAR PLAYGROUND
Winning hackathon teams
Sydney and Perth schools tackle playground waste and cleanup with first prize in ANSTO’s hackathon

Despite being 4,000 kilometres apart, tackling playground waste was the main drawcard for senior division winners, Heathcote Sydney, and junior division winners, Kent Street Perth, with both schools designing a mountable payload that could identify and collect rubbish through artificial learning and specially designed robotic arms.

ANSTO
Sydney and Perth schools tackle playground waste and cleanup with first prize in ANSTO’s hackathon
Winning hackathon teams
CHILDS TOE RIPPED OFF FROM MERRY GO ROUND
7News
5-year-old Geraldton boy loses toe after freak accident on merry go round.

Western Australian five year was playing on a merry go round at a park in Geraldton when his pinkie toe on his right foot was caught in the gap before the equipment rotated, ultimately causing his ligaments to stretch out before his toe was brutally pulled from his foot. 

Joel Erickson
Kidspot
5-year-old Geraldton boy loses toe after freak accident on merry go round.
CHILDS TOE RIPPED OFF FROM MERRY GO ROUND
PLAYGROUND FIRE DESTRUCTION
WORLDWIDE
Playground destroyed by fire in spring as officials investigate the possible arson.

A playground turned into a raging inferno in spring. The county fires office is investigating I and believe someone may have set fire to the grass and equipment. The fire apartment responded quickly to the scene, but the playground was at a total loss.

Maria Aguilera
KHOU
Playground destroyed by fire in spring as officials investigate the possible arson.