Creating & Retrofitting Play Environments: Best Practice Guidelines

© 2009 PlayCore, Inc. and Natural Learning Initiative

The NatureGrounds program includes many resources that collectively support the development of naturalized playgrounds.  The 48-page guidebook Creating & Retrofitting Play Environments: Best Practice Guidelines serves as an educational resource and training tool that highlights research-based design procedures for both parks and school grounds.  The publication brings cost effective design solutions to communities to support the development of new play environments and the retrofit of existing play areas.

The guidebook is based around the three main factors that guide the creation of successful naturalized playgrounds:

  • Playground siting
  • Playground users and their needs
  • Choice of specific components

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The guidebook highlights research-based design procedures for naturalizing both park and school playgrounds and offers effective design solutions to communities that support the development of new play environments and the retrofit of existing play areas.