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Cities Go Wild with Child-friendly Design

Cities Go Wild with Child-friendly Design

As part of a $23.9 million effort to make Barcelona a more child-friendly city, 89 new play spaces will be built and 150 existing ones renovated by the end of next year, making play areas more accessible and inclusive for children of different ages, as well as those with disabilities. As part of the effort, the Urban Forest project will open pop up parks in eight areas of Barcelona over the next few months, offering free play to lower-income families and providing more spontaneous opportunities for play and physical activity.

Nature Based Playground Takes State Awards

Nature Based Playground Takes State Awards

The Centenary Lakes Nature Playground was recently awarded the Playspace Award at the Parks and Leisure Australia Queensland 2018 Regional Awards of Excellence in Brisbane. The playground was designed to help children interact with nature as it includes interactive features that encourage creativity and exploration of the outdoors.

Seven New “Playsages” to Be Exhibited During 2018 International Garden Festival​

Seven New “Playsages” to Be Exhibited During 2018 International Garden Festival​

In Quebec, construction of this year’s landscape art installations for the 19th edition of the International Garden Festival is underway. Open from June 23-October 7, the festival’s “Playsages II — Go Outside and Play!” theme continues its exploration of play from last year’s event. Nestled within Reford Gardens, the installations will create inviting spaces where visitors can gather and play and enjoy the great outdoors.

Schools Should Look Beyond the Classroom, Urges School Playtime Expert

Schools Should Look Beyond the Classroom, Urges School Playtime Expert

Michael Follett, the UK’s leading expert on playtime and director of Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) CIC, is calling on schools to commit to reserving 20% of the school day to play. Follett says that too many schools in the UK are failing children by seeing playtime as a luxury rather than a necessity. He is challenging headteachers around the country to take notice of the overwhelming evidence that shows the impact that an enriching playtime can have in schools.

Wilmington to Throw Block Parties in Crime-ridden Neighborhoods to Promote Health

Wilmington to Throw Block Parties in Crime-ridden Neighborhoods to Promote Health

The city of Wilmington, Delaware will be throwing more than 30 block party-like events in some of the most crime-ridden neighborhoods this summer to promote exercise and healthy habits. “Play Streets” marks the first event to come out of the New Castle Healthy Neighborhoods program charged with brainstorming ways to improve the health of the local community.

Play Streets Pilot Expands Regular Block Parties in San Francisco

Play Streets Pilot Expands Regular Block Parties in San Francisco

The  UK-originated Play Streets concept is spreading across San Francisco. The street closure program allows neighbors to apply for a series of regularly scheduled block closures over the course of months and provides training as well as low-cost equipment rentals to foster outdoor play and community interaction. The Play Streets pilot program was available in some neighborhoods around the city last year, but the second phase of the pilot makes the service available to all San Franciscans.

A Quarter of Americans Spend All Day Inside, Survey Finds

A Quarter of Americans Spend All Day Inside, Survey Finds

A new report finds that about 25 percent of Americans hardly ever venture outside, and are unaware or unconcerned about breathing only stale indoor air. The Indoor Generation Report, commissioned by Velux, surveyed 16,000 people from 14 countries in Europe and North America about their knowledge and perceptions of indoor/outdoor air quality and the amount of time they spend inside. For Americans, one-quarter said they spend 21 to 24 hours inside daily.

The Reason Curious Kids Are More Likely to Succeed in School

The Reason Curious Kids Are More Likely to Succeed in School

A new study published in Pediatric Research finds curious kids achieve greater success in school, regardless of their socioeconomic status. The study involved direct assessments given to 6,200 kindergarten students, as well as parent-reported behavioral questionnaires. Study researchers say that curiosity can be fostered, particularly with outdoor exploration such as nature walks.

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