Entries by Steven Barnes

The Importance of Free Play

Children at recess and in other play situations have two main options: They can be allowed to play freely, or given structured activities and play to take part in. While both have their benefits, many caregivers opt for structured play to help encourage “productive” playtime and keep playtime under control. However, the importance of free […]

Designing a Senior Park

For seniors, parks and outdoor recreation spaces provide crucial benefits. These spaces can encourage elderly community members to head outside the home, exercise and socialize. Green spaces can be stimulating for seniors and can help them stay physically and cognitively fit longer. Fresh air, sunshine and physical activity can pay off for those enjoying their […]

Designing a Playground for Preschoolers

For preschoolers, play is serious business! Before their school years, younger kids rely on play time to learn and develop mentally, physically, emotionally and socially. Designing a playground for preschoolers allows you to create a safe and enriching space for the future generation! Big Concepts in Early Childhood Playground Design and What Kids Need Kids […]

Evaluating Playground Bids and Proposals

If you have sought out multiple bids and proposals, you now have to take on the task of reviewing them all and selecting one, which can feel pretty daunting. Since all of them are persuasive, how can you be sure to choose the right one to get the playground you want? Evaluating playground bids and […]

Trash Receptacles Buyers Guide

When visitors come to your park, what do they see? Hopefully, they see a sparkling clean, inviting space that encourages them to linger a while. Keeping your park free of debris is a crucial part of projecting that image, and it’s an important way to honor the investment you’ve made in your green space. Trash […]

Why Outdoor Training Is Better Than a Gym Workout

Wondering whether to sign up for a gym or take your exercise outside? Considering why outdoor training is better than a gym workout? Outdoor exercise offers you: ■ Vitamin D: Want to get some vitamins with your workout? Since vitamin D synthesis is produced when sun hits your skin, training outdoors in the sunshine can […]

Guide to Providing Shade in Your Park

Providing adequate shade in parks is essential to encouraging visitors to drop by more. When visitors know they won’t overheat and understand they can seek refuge in a comfortable, shady spot on a bright day, it’s easier for them to make the decision to visit the green space you’ve worked so hard to design! Proper […]