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Community parks and playgrounds are focal points for neighbourhoods. According to Play Australia, meeting and connecting socially improves everyone’s wellbeing and demonstrates a more connected community that values children and their right to play.
Local neighbourhoods should therefore have access to well-designed play spaces that bring together people of all ages to have fun, socialise, exercise, and connect with others.
When it comes to what residents want in a playground, they often cite the same three components. So, at adventure+ we believe that developing a successful community park should include the following three play elements – swings, slides and climbing elements.
Loved by children, swings are a key component for a great community play space.
Swings allow for collaborative play between parents and children, or in the case of nest swings, enable several children to make friends as they use it at the same time.
Some popular options for swings include:
There is a large range of swings available, from a single seat swing right through to multiples in a set. You can also choose the type of swing seat – do you want a nest swing or a toddler swing, or both?
We call this type of swing a ‘Gyro’ because it moves in all directions. Gyro swings have the capacity to hold several children at once, and can be used to lie or sit, rest and socialise.
You can tell by the shrieks of delight that slides offer kids endless thrills.
The exciting rush of the slide often makes it the busiest piece of equipment in the playground. There are various options of slides available to fit every budget, so you are able to incorporate this popular play component while keeping costs down.
Most often, slides come with a playground unit and extend off a platform. Many parks have a smaller slide to cater for juniors and a larger slide for older children. They come in various sizes and styles and can be up to 10 metres long.
A slide can also sit against the side of a natural or purpose-built mound. Mound slides can create more interest in a play space and are a great option if you don’t have a combination unit in the playground.
It’s a great idea to include some type of climbing actitivity in a playground.
Children love climbing because it provides a challenge, gives a sense of achievement and allows children to experience the feeling of height.
There are numerous types of equipment that provide a climbing function, but it can be as simple as a ladder on a platform, a rock wall, or a rope structure. To see some climbing options and our full line of play equipment, look here.
By incorporating these three simple yet fundamental components, you can create a fantastic community playground that is fun and challenging, facilitates physical activity and connects communities.
adventure+ are experts in designing, building and installing customised community playgrounds.