Of all the factors you must consider when planning a playground, one of the most important is what materials are used in the playground’s structural components. There are only three basic options to consider for commercial playgrounds: steel, wood, and plastic....

Play is essential to developing a healthy brain; it’s how children learn to use their creativity and imagination to discover the world around them. It’s often how they meet kids outside their family, and begin socializing and interacting with others. It’s also a vital part...

Each year, more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger are treated for playground-related injuries, according to a U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission report. And, according to the Office of Technology Assessment, those injuries cost an estimated $1.2 billion. Not all injuries can be prevented. But,...