ERIC Number: ED196561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
A Guide to Creative Playground Development.
Chu, Paul; Topps, Alex
This booklet provides non-professionals with the guidelines, information, and procedures necessary to design, plan and build stimulating outdoor play environments for children. Information on technical issues related to site selection, play area design, landform and drainage, climate, lighting, safety and vandalism are provided in Chapter I. Chapter II presents instructions (both written and diagrammatic forms) on how to build from both recycled and new construction materials a variety of playground equipment (for example, a group swing, a bouncing net and an amphitheatre). Chapter III describes ways in which plants, if properly used, can make a valuable contribution to the playground. Chapter IV presents plan drawings of three prototypical playgrounds in order to illustrate how the design process of playground planning is dependent upon three basic considerations: (1) the goals and themes of the playground program; (2) the physical conditions and requirements of the chosen playground site; and (3) the conceptual organization necessary to produce a final plan for a playground design. A schedule of cost estimates for various playground materials along with technical data and other information of relevance to planning and designing a playground are appended. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Ministry of Culture and Recreation, Toronto.