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How the latest playgrounds are making child’s play fun again

Since the 1970s, the playground has been a battlefield for this epic conflict: the best ideas of public health and safety engineering against the entropic impulses of children themselves. Parks and schools – driven by worries about injury and concerns about maintenance – have aggressively purged playgrounds of danger, and of life.

This has begun to change. A new generation of playgrounds allows kids to interact with nature , to manipulate objects as they play imaginatively, and even to experience some physical risk. This reflects a cultural shift in North America, in how we approach public space and, incrementally, how we worry about our children. 
 

How the latest playgrounds are making child’s play fun again Since the 1970s, the playground has been...

 

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