Playgrounds

San Francisco Is Rolling Out High-Tech Playgrounds for Adults

The city is partnering with private techie groups to fund these science-themed transformations of public space.

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Why Our Kids Need Play, Now More Than Ever

Unstructured time allows children to develop creativity and empathy. But too often, it's missing from the schedule.

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A Playground Built to Keep Sex Offenders at Bay

The scheme was cooked up by a Daytona Beach homeowner's association.

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The Inequality of Playgrounds

Public parks in upper-income, predominantly-white communities in Kansas City were more likely to have playgrounds, water features and trails.

Russian Man Builds Fantastic DIY Playground with Logs, Roots, Car Parts

Originally hailed as a death trap, the jungle gym has now become a beloved part of Moscow.

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The Dumps, Train Tracks and Polluted Water Where Kids Play

With enough imagination, anything can be a playground.

A Water-Spewing Swing Set to Delight and Frighten Children

This hacked "Waterfall Swing" puts kids through dozens of rainstorms each minute.

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Don't Take Your Gun to the Playground in This North Carolina Town: This Week in Bans

Also, the Mongrel Mobsters can't pretty up their tombstones in a New Zealand town and New York City clamps down on blood-sucking circumcisions.

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The Most Polluted Playgrounds in the World

Without play sets, slum children frolic in garbage dumps and toxic rivers.

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The Politics of Playgrounds, a History

Fights over how kids play have been going strong since the early 1900s.

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L.A. Opens Up its School Yards

A pilot program allows joint use of school playgrounds by communities in park-poor areas

State of Play: Playground Infrastructure in 20 Major U.S. Cities

Which major U.S. cities provide the best, and worst, mix of playgrounds for their youngest residents?