Danger lurks in many places at the Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment in Richmond, B.C.
The so-called "million dollar playground" in the Vancouver suburb has a 10-metre-tall treehouse, a twisting slide, and 35-metre-long ziplines.
There are plenty of opportunities for kids to fall and hurt themselves — and one neighbouring community likes that idea so much, it wants to follow Richmond's lead, CTV News reported Monday.
The community of Delta, B.C. is looking at updating its Annieville playground with riskier equipment, after a public health expert told council that kids who play safe when they're young show more signs of depression and anxiety later in life.
The goal is "to raise a generation of kids that feel comfortable with trying new things and being creative and feel comfortable failing," UBC professor Mariana Brussoni told CTV.
Taking risks good for development
Learning how to handle risks teaches kids how to "protect themselves in challenging environments," according to University of Texas professor Joe Frost.
"The view that children must somehow be sheltered from all risks of injury is a common misconception of adults," he wrote in a 2006 paper.
Frost said that limiting kids' outdoor play can harm them later in life during an interview with the Journal of Play two years later.
"It limits their physical fitness, hurts their health, and reduces learning and the ability to cope with trauma," the professor said.
"Research shows that when children engage in free,…
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