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Installing Playgrounds in Sacred Valley, Peru

From October 15-27, the Cardenas-Torres (C-T) family, teachers and students, villagers, my grandson Rees, and I installed playground equipment at 5 pre- and primary schools in or near Sacred Valley, Peru.  Two sites were near Calca, and the other 3 … Continue reading

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Quick Survey of Designer Benches

I’m very interested in the design of developing-country playground equipment.  And an important fixture of any outdoor playground is its benches.  Its a location where kids can observe and rest.  Benches can also be grouped to provide learning opportunities or … Continue reading

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Two Girls Save a Utah Merry-Go-Round

By Rich Kane, Reporter sltrib.com [1] The merry-go-round in Lindsey Gardens is a beat-up hunk of ugly round metal, rusty in parts, with weeds growing beneath it. But for some residents of Salt Lake City’s Avenues, that dilapidated playground ride … Continue reading

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Innovative Design Considerations for Outdoor Playgrounds

There is a wonderful variety of designs and options for outdoor playgrounds, including the following 7: All-Inclusive:  Children with disabilities often cannot play on a standard playground and therefore cannot take advantage of the benefits that play provides.  An all-inclusive … Continue reading

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DIY: Vertical Tire Climbers for Playgrounds

As companion pieces to swing sets, climbing towers provide a different type of exercise.  They are also relatively easy to install, and children enjoy them.  We have tried two basic designs.  The totally metal towers are described here. We recently … Continue reading

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Colorful, Pyramidal Climbing Towers

Colorful climbing towers with pyramid-shaped tops are a common playground sight in Uganda. They are easily made, and since they have no moving parts, they are durable. They make an excellent companion piece for a swing set. Young children climbing … Continue reading

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DIY Benches for Outdoor Education and Recreation Sites

Over the last few months, I’ve been collecting photographs of benches that I’ve seen at various locales around the Intermountain West.  Some have sandstone seats: Benches can be made of a combination of rock and steel. Other benches are made … Continue reading

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