Playful landscapes can be defined as play spaces that offer a wide range of open-ended play options and allow people to be creative and use their imagination both in design and play.
Playful Landscape Design Concepts & Water Play
By using non-typical materials and concepts, which we will refer to as Playful Landscapes, you can create play spaces that are unique and different by design. These types of commercial play spaces often become popular public playgrounds, drawing visitors from other areas because they are different by design and have non-typical play equipment creating those one-of-kind user experiences.
Playful Landscape Design
Playful landscapes can look and feel like a natural environment; using rocks and boulders, or even mounds created within the play area using poured-in-place rubber safety surfacing, combined with handholds, nets and ropes for climbing.
Play spaces with slopes provide opportunities for safe risk taking and challenges while encouraging free play. Adding nets, ropes and hand holds encourage climbing the slopes, open slopes are great for rolling down or crawling up. Slopes add interest and dimension to play spaces.
Designs can incorporate the topography of the land where they are building the public play space adding another element of play. For example, a hillside slide or terraced play elevation change creating another dimension to your playground design.
Bouncers push the boundaries of traditional play by offering unique play opportunities throughout the play space and encourage physical development. The types of bouncers and their placement throughout the play area combined with mounds and other playful landscape concepts create unique multigenerational playgrounds.
Play Sculptures & Playground Equipment
Commercial playground equipment and recreational spaces can include pieces of playful art or play sculptures. Play sculptures add a touch of theme or a decorative look to any playground or outdoor gathering space for aesthetics. City centers or town squares often use playful art to add interest, use as a focal point or link its heritage to the community.
Outdoor Musical Instruments
Music is an expressive language that connects people. Adding outdoor musical instruments to your outdoor play spaces makes them inclusive and multigenerational. Experiencing music encourages healthy development including cognitive, emotional and social growth. It can be a passive or active form of play bringing joy to all.
Water Playground Equipment
It’s not FUN until someone gets wet!
Interactive water play is fun for the entire family. Children of all ages and abilities can enjoy the benefits of water play from small bubblers to large dumping buckets, water cannons and more. Unlike swimming or wading pools, splashpads, water playgrounds, are designed to have no standing water. Splashpads can have an entire park theme, smaller areas can be individually themed or no theme at all. The brightly colored equipment is a welcoming beacon to all and provides families with the perfect summer outing.
We offer a wide variety of surface water spray features from those that mist, bubble, gush or jump out of the ground. Surface sprays are a big hit with younger children, while misting features provide comfort and a chance for park guests to cool down on hot days. Architecturally inspired spray features can serve as opportunities for a decorative art water play area in urban areas and other unique greenspaces.
Make a statement with WATER! Create innovative aquatic environments by using water playground equipment features as significant design elements. Fountains that dance, water that moves to music, or uses colored lighting—all of this and more make city centers, town squares, gathering places and other entertainment spots more interesting and draw crowds to relax and enjoy their surroundings.
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