Designing outdoor spaces for children

SFU playground

As social and entertainment vectors converge to make our children more sedentary and in most urban and suburban areas, the amount of natural green space continues to decline, we now need to work harder at creating desirable places for our children and youth to play outside.  Studies show that access to green space, especially more natural space, has a wide range of benefits for children including better school performance, better social relations and more ecological empathy.

Here are several great guides for designing children’s play spaces:

(image: Space2Place’s great playground design for the Simon Fraser University’s Daycare)