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Osnabrück Zoo: Climbing and sliding alongside lions, tigers & other creatures

Visitors can tell they are approaching the four playgrounds on the 23.5-hectare site of Osnabrück Zoo by the gleeful shrieks and the sounds of children's laughter. These imaginative playgrounds are every...

Games and Sports in the village of Krumbach in Bregenz Forest

After about 15 years the central playground of Krumbach, a little village in Bregenz Forest, had become obsolete. Hence the playground was restructured in the context of a pilot project when the playground and open space concept was designed in autumn 2017.

Making school playgrounds fit for purpose – problems and practical advice

In the 2018 issue 1 of Playground@Landscape, the topic of school playgrounds as exercise environments was extensively dealt with.

Are we over-regulating our playgrounds? Are health and safety rules taking the play out of playgrounds?

Back in the early 1960s, there were rough estimates that something like 10 to 20 fatal accidents among children occurred in Germany annually on playgrounds or open spaces used for playing.

Water-based fun and cooling-off for children of all age groups in Vienna

During the warmer days in Vienna, many parents and their children look for alternative ways to cool off that don't require them to visit a pool. Vienna's water playgrounds offer ideal venues at which to spend a playful afternoon in the refreshing chill of water. ...

How do children grow up healthy?

The aim is that children should grow up healthy, and do not just sit in front of their game consoles. But, what actually belongs to growing up healthy and how could this aim be achieved?

Grizzly Adventure - the new leisure environment

Discover the Grizzly Mountain! Experience a lot of water fun in the Grizzly Bay! Plunge into the depth with the Rocky Rafting!

45 million euros for playing and physical activity

One project, 19 parks, 1,550 days of "alla hopp!" end up in the city of Mörlenbach. In September 2017, Mörlenbach celebrated the opening of its own alla hopp! play park which was the last one of a total of 19 parks that have been opened to the public in the metropolitan Rhine-Neckar region within the past 28 months.

Ketteler Hof leisure park: 'Around the world through play' in the new indoor play centre

Germany's family-run Ketteler Hof leisure park, the grounds of which extend to nearly 30 acres, is sited between the urbanised area of the Ruhr district and the more rural province of Münsterland...

15.04.2011 - Co-management with playground construction

“Emergency call. Headquarters 112”: Children and teenagers came up with ideas.

15.04.2011 - Test marks – and what is behind them

Today, when looking for safe or high-quality products, test marks awarded by neutral testing bodies act as guidelines and beacons of light in a sea awash with products. However, what exactly is behind the test marks? What do GS mark, CE marking and other marks actually stand for? And how are these marks interpreted correctly? These questions are answered by Berthold Tempel, laboratory director at TÜV Rheinland (Rhineland Technical Inspection Agency) and chairman of various playground safety standards committees.

20.06.2011 - Saving in the playground?

"Close your theatres, amalgamate register offices or complete towns!" was the provocative suggestion of Jürgen Büssow, the Düsseldorf District President to the hard-up Ruhr District communes in an interview in the daily newspaper WAZ.

17.08.2011 - Climbing and discovery: The National Garden Festival as a play paradise for children and young people

Empress Augusta's "Jewel Box". Play in Empress Augusta's Jewel Box at the Electoral Palace. Between 1856 and 1858 Augusta von Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach, later to become the German Empress and Queen of Prussia, resided in the Koblenz Electoral Palace.

17.08.2011 - Koblenz transformed - National Garden Show 2011

Playground@Landscape: Hello Mr. Faas, first question: Is the Koblenz National Garden Show 2011 “working”?

17.08.2011 - The National Garden Festival (BUGA) as a play paradise for children and young people

The seamless safety surfacing required was supplied and installed by the German sport and leisure flooring manufacturer, BSW.

17.08.2011 - Damming, squirting and diverting at Deutschen Eck

The "Water Experience" playground at the BUGA in Koblenz, Germany.

Designing a playground is always a challenge. There are so many regulations, standards and customer requirements involved that it is difficult to keep a clear overview. An additional aspect in Koblenz was the requirement for a maximum of accessibility for the disabled as well as safety from flooding, while focus was to remain on the play and experience value for children.

17.08.2011 - From the garden festival to Bürgerpark - subsequent use in practice

There were 61 participants: Heads of parks departments, senior employees from horticultural companies, associations for the promotion of State garden shows, planners and landscape gardeners accepted the invitation to the show to exchange news and views with their professional specialist colleagues. The programme included lectures on horticultural practice and constructive discussion seminars.

17.08.2011 - The garden for movement and play

The world is conquered during play – the fascination lies in the playing. This motto has been taken by the new landscape play area in the Bleidenberg fortress on the exhibition site of the German Federal horticultural show in Koblenz.

11.10.2011 - Sparkling with a zest for life

On the area of the old Oberlaa Thermal Space centre, the new thermal spring - in addition to high quality spa facilities - will offer about 4,000 m² of water surface, 3,000 m² of sauna areas and a 6,000 m² area of comprehensive health facilities. And a water playground.

11.10.2011 - Dancing with Giraffes

Recent trends in zoological gardens tend to reshape the animal compounds into impressive surroundings which provide an intensive experience through observation of the animals in their natural environments. With this new appearance, zoos intend to inspire visitors and make an impression on them in order to have a positive influence on their approach to animals.

15.12.2011 - Pilot project within the framework of the Hessian sustainability strategy

On 1 June 2011, the Hessian State Government joined forces with the town of Hanau, the regional sports association, the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt, Darmstadt College, as well as RheinMain College, as participating project partners, to open a fitness trail for senior citizens in the Hanau Palace Gardens.

15.12.2011 - Exercise in the school playground

First and foremost, they need space to play and exercise. Lack of exercise is the biggest problem facing our health care system. Obesity, motor weaknesses and an underdeveloped sense of balance in childhood are the consequences of lack of exercise.

15.12.2011 - New Internet portal www.bigpublic.de

Whether well-kept and modern or more run-down and dilapidated – a town’s features can have positive or negative effects on people, images and economic development.

12.03.2012 - Playgrounds need committed volunteers

Many areas of public and social life would hardly exist anymore without volunteers. And without committed volunteers, some playgrounds would no longer be what they once were.

12.06.2012 - Wanderlust – with a playground

“The world champion of travelling has sent out a message – give in to your desires and go on holiday, rather than be frustrated by the financial crisis,” was the prognosis delivered last year by the BAT foundation for future issues on the Federal Republic of Germany’s 2010 holiday season which had just ended.

08.08.2012 - Give teenagers (green) play areas

This was a success with the outdoor space at Michaelshof in Hepsisau www.mh-zh.de close to Weilheim/unter Teck. The company KuKuk (in German: Kunst Kultur Konzeption (meaning Art Culture Conception)) from Stuttgart was responsible for the planning and implementation of the outdoor space. Starting with the initial discussion with those responsible for the provision of educational aids and a planning workshop with 19 school pupils from grades 7 and 8 to a five-day project week, the ideas and wishes of teenagers were taken seriously and these teenagers were given the right to voice their own opinions and were able to help out with the construction themselves.

08.08.2012 - Green Oases in the city -

Green and city – to all appearances a contradiction. Yet there are and always have been areas to retreat to within the city; areas that give nature room to flourish and its users somewhere to relax.

08.08.2012 - Animals and wilderness: The Bat Forest Playground

Both in the Bohemian and in the Bavarian part of the Bavarian Forest, 22 locations worked together, representing another distinctive feature of the project. Consideration went into making visitors curious about the term “wilderness” and focussing on indigenous animals as popular figures as part of the tourism work. The municipality of Rinchnach selected the bat-plus-playground.

08.08.2012 - Green oasis and private paradise

Playground@Landscape: Turnover of the GaLaBau in 2011 has increased by nearly 500 million Euros. You have taken over the position from Hanns-Jürgen Redeker at a point when the association is doing well. What would you like to improve, change, initiate?
BGL-President August Forster: At the moment a positive general feeling exists throughout the whole "green" sector, which is very pleasing. The association for garden, landscape and sport facility construction (BGL) intends to make use of this mood in order to further develop the trade.

08.08.2012 - Nature conquers the heart of the city

Lettuce and tomatoes growing on a former brewery site – more and more people living in inner-city environments are planting vegetables, fruits and flowers in courtyards, on balconies and in larger vacant brownfield areas.

08.08.2012 - Play area as a close-to-nature world of experience

The solution: Clear functional spaces, interlinking play sequences and designs using natural materials by the landscape architect Friedhelm Ebbinghaus with specially produced play equipment made of naturally knotty locust tree wood from Kinderland Emsland Spielgeräte.

18.10.2012 - Child’s play makes you clever

They need to be exercise spaces that provide for free and unlimited physical activities and a wide range of play and game options. This is the conclusion of Prof. Dr. Renate Zimmer, who claims that “child’s play makes you clever”.

04.12.2012 - Sawn up and sprayed

We define vandalism as destructive fury or the strong desire to destroy. “We encounter modern vandalism in the form of shattered shop windows, slashed underground seats, punctured car tyres, torn-out phone cables or as graffiti.

27.02.2013 - More in the community funds?

The NRW local authorities are to receive circa € 8.7 billion from the state coffers in 2013.

27.02.2013 - Playgrounds - when money is a problem

One of your first ports of calls might well be your bank, who will be happy to explain their various loan options to you. However, who can you consult if you need advice on how to obtain funding for playgrounds?

Individual loan agreements at optimal rates?

10.04.2013 - Landscape designers plan Kita (child care facility) playground

Their central targets are the construction of playgrounds for the under 3's, and improved training and quality of the carers.

12.06.2013 - Debt-free municipality – Bigger budget for playgrounds and sports grounds

The federal capital had celebrated its newly gained freedom from debt five years earlier in September 2007 with free beer and sausages for its citizens. Back then, the “debt clock” in the historic city hall stood at zero for the first time. Following Dresden, Düsseldorf was thus the second German city to be in the black.

08.08.2013 - Activity trail or rollator parking spaces?

According to Media Control’s spring survey, 79% of Germans want to do outdoor sport. And: the number of older people is increasing rapidly the world over.

16.10.2013 - A modern city of sport – sports, exercise and play in Cologne

Cologne is a city that has a history reaching back 2000 years and a unique, in-imitable personality infused with a diversity and vitality manifested in many different ways in local business, culture and tourism and generally across a broad spectrum of its public life.

16.10.2013 - Getting the city moving

Sport-Agenda Köln 2015 represents the first framework programme designed for the strategic promotion of sports in the city of Cologne.

19.12.2013 - Bruising OK – but not lacerations... (Part 2)

As a playground operator, how does one make sure that one doesn't unintentionally violate the regulations when selecting an external inspector? And how can operators ensure that they actually get the services that they have paid for?

15.02.2014 - Say no to playgrounds becoming building sites!

A number of authorities are removing children's play areas so they can sell the space on as building plots. These authorities should therefore also be removing the "family-friendly authority" concept from their brochures.

22.08.2014 - Trend-setting at local government level: Rotterdam standard for outdoor play areas

Rotterdam aims to be an attractive city to live in, especially for families. Facilities for children and opportunities to play outside are a prerequisite for this. In the City Vision that Rotterdam established in 2007, one of the spearheads is more space for children to play and participate in sports in order to encourage them to get more exercise.

05.11.2014 - Cities and local authorities get their residents up and running – exercise trails in public areas

The Association of German Playground Equipment and Leisure Facility Manufacturers (BSFH - Bundesverband für Spielplatzgeräte- und Freizeitanlagen-Hersteller e.V.) is publishing a corresponding brochure in collaboration with the Association of German Cities and Local Authorities (Deutsche Städte- und Gemeindebund).

19.12.2014 - The role of physical activity in the prevention of disorders and the improvement of health

Exercise, play and sport are essential for the healthy overall development of children (see summary in Graf et al., 2014, Lees & Hopkins, 2013). These not only help with the acquirement of motor skills and abilities but also have specific effects on health (blood pressure, lipid levels, bone structure etc.), emotional, psychosocial and cognitive aspects.

15.02.2015 - “Pushing, pulling, jumping and balancing”

“Sport for anyone and at any time” is the underlying principle that has been implemented in Paderborn's biggest multifunctional sports centre.

15.04.2015 - Urban development for and with children and young people

Many of us would scarcely call the chaotic metropolitan Berlin of the 1920s described by Erich Kästner in his famous children's novel, "Emil and the Detectives", as a world fit for children to live in. Nonetheless, the protagonists of the novel, a group of children and youths, succeed in making precisely such urban space their own...

10.06.2015 - Inclusion in public playgrounds

What exactly do we mean by inclusion? Plenty of people have heard the word. What is behind it? And what does inclusion mean for each of us personally? And what does it mean for the playground?

15.10.2015 - Sport in the open air: Fitness and exercise trail in Cologne green belt

Play and sport outdoors, fitness and multi-generational exercise are becoming increasingly more important. The leisure time value of public green areas is rising and demand is growing. Cologne has recognised this.

19.02.2016 - Osnabrück Zoo: an expedition through the world of animals with four adventure playgrounds

Osnabrück Zoo is home to some 3700 animals, so every young visitor is assured of encountering their favourite while, at the same time, they can also skylark around and climb like monkeys as much as they want. This is because on its 23.5 hectare site, Osnabrück Zoo also offers four large adventure playgrounds.

15.04.2016 - The aspern+Seestadt Wien places emphasis on play

aspern - the Seestadt Wien: this 'lake town' project extending to over 590 acres that is being undertaken in the dynamic Aspern district of Vienna is one of the largest urban development programmes in Europe.

15.06.2016 - From sport to sportivity: the right to exercise

In future, the priority won't be to break records but to develop a new day-to-day lifestyle - the new buzzword in this context is 'sportivity'. A survey undertaken by German's trend research body the Zukunftsinstitut provides insight into what the future will be like.

20.02.2017 - An international comparison of playgrounds

An insider's view of the play culture of other countries and a comparison with the market in Germany.

19.06.2017 - Fantastic play options that provide the ideal destination for a family day out

For the past 6 years, the playground equipment manufacturer Kinderland Emsland Spielgeräte has been collaborating with Karls Tourismus GmbH, their aim being to develop unique attractions for the Karls Erlebnisdörfer leisure park chain. This partnership has seen the creation of unique play landscapes based on inventive themes. This means a visit to one of the amusement parks becomes an unforgettable experience.

19.06.2017 - Playgrounds are "must-haves" for the European Children's Hotel Group

The European Children's Hotel group consists of approximately 50 family-friendly hotels in Austria, Germany, Croatia, Italy and Portugal. Regardless of whether in the Alps, at the lakeside or at the sea, - all the hotels of the member companies are situated in paradisiacal and peaceful areas. Since its foundation in 1988, the European Children's Hotel group has established itself as a strong and highly competent brand and plays an important pioneer and trend-setter role in the child-friendly hotel business.

19.06.2017 - Playground devices as a tourist attraction

The times are obviously long past when playground devices could only be found in municipal contexts. In the meantime many other operators outside the public sector discovered for themselves considerable potential in the market of playground devices and in giving...

19.06.2017 - Ketteler Hof leisure park: 'Around the world through play' in the new indoor play centre

Germany's family-run Ketteler Hof leisure park, the grounds of which extend to nearly 30 acres, is sited between the urbanised area of the Ruhr district and the more rural province of Münsterland...

08.12.2017 - 45 million euros for playing and physical activity

One project, 19 parks, 1,550 days of "alla hopp!" end up in the city of Mörlenbach. In September 2017, Mörlenbach celebrated the opening of its own alla hopp! play park which was the last one of a total of 19 parks that have been opened to the public in the metropolitan Rhine-Neckar region within the past 28 months.

15.06.2018 - Grizzly Adventure - the new leisure environment

Discover the Grizzly Mountain! Experience a lot of water fun in the Grizzly Bay! Plunge into the depth with the Rocky Rafting!

16.08.2018 - How do children grow up healthy?

The aim is that children should grow up healthy, and do not just sit in front of their game consoles. But, what actually belongs to growing up healthy and how could this aim be achieved?

19.10.2018 - Water-based fun and cooling-off for children of all age groups in Vienna

During the warmer days in Vienna, many parents and their children look for alternative ways to cool off that don't require them to visit a pool. Vienna's water playgrounds offer ideal venues at which to spend a playful afternoon in the refreshing chill of water. ...

05.12.2018 - Are we over-regulating our playgrounds? Are health and safety rules taking the play out of playgrounds?

Back in the early 1960s, there were rough estimates that something like 10 to 20 fatal accidents among children occurred in Germany annually on playgrounds or open spaces used for playing.

18.02.2019 - Making school playgrounds fit for purpose – problems and practical advice

In the 2018 issue 1 of Playground@Landscape, the topic of school playgrounds as exercise environments was extensively dealt with.

18.04.2019 - Games and Sports in the village of Krumbach in Bregenz Forest

After about 15 years the central playground of Krumbach, a little village in Bregenz Forest, had become obsolete. Hence the playground was restructured in the context of a pilot project when the playground and open space concept was designed in autumn 2017.

18.06.2019 - Osnabrück Zoo: Climbing and sliding alongside lions, tigers & other creatures

Visitors can tell they are approaching the four playgrounds on the 23.5-hectare site of Osnabrück Zoo by the gleeful shrieks and the sounds of children's laughter. These imaginative playgrounds are every...