ERIC Number: ED313365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Where Our Children Play. Community Park Playground Equipment.
Thompson, Donna, Ed.; Bowers, Louis, Ed.
This book describes the type and condition of playground equipment in community parks in the United States, and indicates the current status of safety of that environment. The results are then compared to play theories to explore the ways the environment stimulates play. Appropriate suggestions for change are made. Chapters cover the following topics: (1) the national survey of community park playground equipment; (2) results of the survey; (3) location, accessibility and equipment on park playgrounds; (4) swings, slides, and climbing equipment; (5) rotating, spring rocking, and seesaw equipment; (6) sand play containers, wading pools, signs, trees, and pathways; (7) litigation and playgrounds; and (9) plan of action: reflections and recommendations. Appendices include the instruments of the surveys conducted for this study. (JD)
Descriptors: Community Surveys, Equipment Evaluation, Legal Responsibility, Parks, Play, Playgrounds, Questionnaires, Recreation Legislation, Recreational Facilities, Risk, Safety
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Publications, 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Reston, VA. American Association for Leisure and Recreation.