“There is an overemphasis on brightly coloured equipment, an over-preoccupation with safety and far too little thought and time paid to making them playful, interesting places that adults will want to spend time in, as well as children.”
I get all the play module manufacturers’ catalogs at work – at least the ones that are attempting to market in this part of BC and I have to agree. An extreme over emphasis on bright colours and excess PVC parts distract children’s imagination and segregate these spaces as off limits from the real world.
[ad#200-left]The problem is that when a city or developers are considering installing a play space, the usual temptation is to pick something that is recognizable and familiar to adults, looks solid and safe, and meets the budget. Unfortunately this is boring.
Children are not accountants, scientists, or machines that respond to a discreet set of stimuli (colour + swing = fun), rather they are designers in imagination and adventure. Let’s treat children with respect and allow them to play with natural textures and shapes. Play spaces are some of a community’s most important public spaces and should be accessible and pleasant for all ages.