Why safe playgrounds aren't great for kids

The stereotypical modern playground — with its bright colors and rubberized flooring — is designed to be clean, safe, and lawsuit-proof. But that isn't necessarily the best design for kids.

US playground designers spent decades figuring out how to minimize risk: reducing heights, softening surfaces, and limiting loose parts. But now, some are experimenting with creating risk. A growing body of research has found that risky outdoor play is a key part of children’s health, promoting social interactions, creativity, problem-solving, and resilience.

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0 1. snotraddict commented 192 days ago

Lawyers ruin it for everyone.
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+3 2. nomaddaf commented 191 days ago

Getting hurt is part of growing up and indeed being grown up.
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0 3. Judge-Jake commented 191 days ago

The problem with all playgrounds if they aren't supervised and lets face it that aren't, is that they become a haven for Yuts who hang out, smoke, drink probably inject these days cause damage, graffiti and if they had hammers, nails wood and the like they aren't going to go anything creative with them, probably crucify each other....yeah actually we need more of these places. :D