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  • Inga Saffron' Inquirer article, "Changing Skyline: Philadelphia has long been cheap when it comes to parks" says it all!                                                                        
  • The next time you're in New York, check out the five extraordinary playgrounds that are listed in this New York Times article: Extraordinary Playgrounds in New York City Boroughs. It's no surprise that David Rockwell's Imagination Playground at the South Street Seaport is the first playground mentioned in this article.  You don't need to travel to New York to play with Imagination blocks though.  Just go to FREEPLAY on The Parkway, the only playground in Philadelphia where you'll find Imagination Playground's giant, blue blocks!  Our Imagination box has been generously sponsored by Sprout.

  • What's the fifth-fastest-growing sport in America?  You guessed it...Ping-Pong!  It's great for both 
    your body and mind.  Hone your skills @  this Spring!  Thanks to Susan Saradon and her table-tennis clubs called SPIN, Ping-Pong is getting quite the buzz.  Check-out Parade's January 16, 2001 article titled, "That Ping You Do".  http://www.parade.com/news/intelligence-report/2011/01/16-that-ping-you-do.html
  • Our play revolution is catching on!  Check out Hilary Stout's latest New York Times article titled "The Movement to Restore Children's Play Gains Momentum".  The article cites many studies that suggest the culture of play in the United States is disappearing.  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes a day in front of TV and computer screens, and educators.  The article also cites the Centers for Disease Control's 2010 report, which states that only one in five children live in walking distance to a park or playground.  
       Very alarming information.  The good news is that there is a push to bring play back into kids' lives.    

       Read the article for more information.  


  • If you happen to be in Cheyenne, Wyoming, be sure to visit this Children's Garden http://www.botanic.org/ChildrensGarden.asp                                                                                                                          
       A Play Inbetween friend said it's the best she's ever seen!

  • Here's a recent article from the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Inga Saffron writes about Mayor Nutter's plan to add small parks throughout the city.  Perfect time to add a Play Inbetween park to your neighborhood!  

             Posted on Mon, Dec. 6, 2010 

          By Inga Saffron 

  • "What Attaches People to Their Communities?  What makes a community a desirable place to live? What draws people to stake their future in it?  Are communities with more attached residents better off?  
       Gallup and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation launched the Knight Soul of the Community
       project in 2008 with these questions in mind.  After interviewing close to 43,000 people in 26  
       communities over three years, the study has found that three main qualities attach people to place:         
       social offerings, such as entertainment venues and places to meet, openness (how welcoming a 

     place is) and the area’s aesthetics (its physical beauty and green spaces)."  


  • We love this book!  It is inspirational--our playground bible. 
        American Playgrounds
        Revitalizing Community Space
        Susan Solomon

           University Press of New England
         2005 • 276 pp. 87 illus. 6 x 9"

           Landscape Architecture  Education                                   

“A passionate argument . . . Solomon's work provides a welcome discourse.  Her clear-headed attack on the playground                as a low-risk plastic pavilion is a message for patrons and politicians.”—Children, Youth and Environment

  • An excellent article in The New Yorker describes how creativity playgrounds work (and why they are important in childhood development).  Check it out!