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Susan G. Solomon

In: The SAGE Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning

Chapter 12: How to Revitalize American Playgrounds

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How to Revitalize American Playgrounds
How to Revitalize American Playgrounds
Susan G. Solomon

For more than two decades, psychologists, designers and journalists have discussed the condition of American playgrounds (Jambor, 1995; Rosin, 2014; Scott, 2000). In many cities in the United States, playgrounds typically consist of a large piece of manufactured equipment, flat poured in place rubber surfacing and high metal fencing separating the playground from the surrounding area. This chapter, which comprises my views as an architectural historian interested in improving playground design, examines the recent evidence for why Americans continue to replicate what I perceive to be very dull play spaces. The chapter also questions whether or not these actions are justified and ...

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