The always up-to-date article overview contains every product of the previous years and of course the latest. Discover out topics around playground and sports leisure facilities. Enjoy yourself reading!

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Improving the quality of play areas in Gropiusstadt, a growing district of Berlin

A multi-stage participation process for children and youngsters of Gropiusstadt, a district of Berlin

Playground planning and inner-city redensification

The phenomenon of 'redensification' is an age-old approach to the solution of the problem of city growth.

Ride a rocket to the Milky Way: “Distant Galaxies” in Berlin’s Wedding neighbourhood

Playground redevelopment in Berlin Wedding - on a vacant lot.

Adventurous play among the walls of a ruin

The ruins of a 150-year-old structure in Basel are home to a low level rope course for younger and older children.

Get up on the roof! Creating urban play spaces in times of redensification.

The 21st century is already the century of urbanisation. More than half of the world's population is already living in cities – in 2050 it is expected to be
more than two-thirds.

Playgrounds on vacant lots

In an era of growing urban densification: fill that gap!

Flying houses over Southern Münsterland

In Western Germany, almost every child knows the Ketteler Hof, which is a leisure park situated between the Ruhr Area and Münsterland. No wonder, because on an area of 115,000 sqm...

An intriguing and challenging playground with a big appeal

With about 60,000 apartments in its portfolio, the Berlin HOWOGE housing association is one of the ten major landlords in Germany.

22.11.2010 - More playing space for playing children

More happy, bright children’s eyes – that is the main wish of the initiative spielKind (literally ‘playing children’), which is committed to its campaign for more playing space.

03.01.2011 - Berliner Seilfabrik goes USA

The Berliner Seilfabrik Company, which originates from a factory for the manufacture of elevator ropes founded in Berlin, Germany in 1865, has now opened a new subsidiary in the USA at Greenville, South Carolina and has further strengthened its position in the American market.

03.01.2011 - Garden festivals give you the edge

Hanover: Expert workshop in a bid to make the future development of garden festivals a success for Lower Saxony’s local authorities.

03.01.2011 - Storytelling through play

The State Horticultural Show in Aschersleben offers a special attraction to its younger visitors and had invited them to experience the world of German traveller Adam Olearius.

03.01.2011 - Curious creatures in Hamburg Climbing Forest

Since 4 October the Hamburg climbing forest in Volksdorf has boasted a new attraction: Florian, Maren & Lars, from the FlorianMars artist group, spent more than 9 months working on the park’s wooden animal monsters, which invite children to climb, run riot and swing about.

03.01.2011 - The Trend to Golf

SPIEL!GOLF is the registered trademark for small golf courses with synthetic turf greens, made by the Frank Wiese Company in Munich.

03.01.2011 - Things that children like – make parents happy

Recently an attractive adventure world for children of all age groups has been awaiting guests in the Hotel Rudolfshof Vitality in Kaprun, Austria.

03.01.2011 - Imaginative play with water

This year, the town of Hemer on the edge of the Sauerland region of West Germany celebrated the “Magic of Transformation”: The NRW Regional Garden Festival 2010 took place on around 23 hectors – some on the grounds of former barracks.

03.01.2011 - To be used in common and stimulate everyone’s creative instincts

The playground areas at the 2010 Bad Essen State Horticultural Show

03.01.2011 - “Wind in the mill”

Reminiscent of the destruction and reconstruction of the old post mill in Krosigk.

03.01.2011 - Multi-sports pitch as an active meeting point

On the 10 September, the Mayor of Oer-Erkenschwick, Achim Menge, together with Mr. Michel Mippendorp (Managing Director of VelopA GmbH) and many major and minor guests, opened the first omni stadium for Germany.

03.01.2011 - By citizens for citizens

Alternative financing options for exercise courses in public places: Geisenfeld – “Bewegungspark an der Ilm” (an der Ilm Exercise Park).

15.02.2011 - The desert lives – in Munich‘s “Theresienhöhe” district

It is a place with strong characteristics. Since June 2010 the new leisure area at Theresienhöhe in Munich’s Schwanthalerhöhe district has been inviting children, teenagers and adults to play and have fun.

15.02.2011 - Exercise is not just exercise

by Dr. Dieter Breithecker, Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft fuer Haltungs- und Bewegungsförderung e. V. (Federal Association for the Development of Posture and Exercise)

15.02.2011 - Is there a trend towards rope play equipment?

There are hardly any manufacturers any more who dare to enter the market without offering rope elements. Some even take things one step further by offering not just “play equipment with ropes” but real “rope play equipment”, i.e. such equipment with which the rope is the essential or even only play element. In particular the three-dimensional net structures, as they are called, have to be mentioned.

16.02.2011 - Queens Park at Hinckley

Natural elements mingled with prescribed play equipment makes for the perfect play space and Wicksteed Playscapes has just completed a fine refurbishment based on exactly that at Queens Park in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

16.02.2011 - The Federal Horticultural Show Koblenz 2011 (BUGA 2011) will be opened punctually on 15 April 2011 – despite the flooding

For the second time in the past year, the Federal Horticultural Show Koblenz 2011 has come within an inch of flooding.

16.02.2011 - Qualification for playground inspectors

by Bertold Tempel, TÜV Rheinland LGA Products GmbH

Have we learned from the past?

16.02.2011 - Building a natural Place for Play

As part of the government’s National Play Strategy, Sutcliffe Play has worked with Doncaster Council to create a natural play scheme in line with Play England’s 10 Design for Play principles.

16.02.2011 - The trend towards rope

Rope play equipment and space nets create movement for a lively playground. A trend in the trade for playground equipment and recreational facilities.

16.02.2011 - A Flagship Play Area

Playdale complete largest play area yet: When tasked with giving 36-acre Wallace Park a new lease of life, Lisburn City Council knew a flagship play area would promise just that.

16.02.2011 - Europlay nv at Dendermonde (B)

Since its foundation in 2000, the Belgian company Europlay NV has been developing, designing and manufacturing public playground equipment.

20.06.2011 - “Gemma raus!” – Let’s go outside!

Health-promoting hands-on activities for older women and men in fitness parks .

20.06.2011 - Basle: Erlenmattpark II – paradise for children

The first stage of the construction of the 58,000 m2-park has now been completed; an area of 33,000 m2 is occupied by newly planted trees and shrubs, a unique playground, a large fountain and a host of sports and play facilities.

20.06.2011 - Mülheim an der Ruhr: A sports jungle

The Hofackerstraße children's playground was designed in September 2008 as part of a "planning workshop" of this type and the results were then presented to the residents, representatives of the parents and to representatives from politics and administration. The children unanimously chose “Sports Jungle" as the motto for the playground.

20.06.2011 - Promoting Children’s Physical Activity – Practical Guidelines for European Municipalities

The aim of this work is to present a practical implementation of comprehensive theoretical knowledge and scientific analyses of health-oriented promotion of physical activity on a local basis. The guidelines shall be made available to municipalities and interested institutions.

20.06.2011 - The acrobatic art of locomotion in the city

Parkour can be defined as the acrobatic art of locomotion in the urban area of cities. Its obstacles are walls, facades, garages and cars, all of which are to be overcome elegantly and effectively.

20.06.2011 - Würzburg: Colourful blurs of colour in the concrete grey of the surrounding high-rise buildings

It wasn’t just supposed to be about the development of a children’s playground, but the goal was to create a platform for an unusual range of exercise activities, the motion field.

20.06.2011 - Stuttgart: Lauchäcker "Into the Garden" Playground

Citizen participation in the playground - not only in Stuttgart 21.

20.06.2011 - Dresden: Woodland playground Kleinzschachwitz

Something New on the Eastern Front: The Regional office, associations and the then Green Spaces Office jointly came up with the first ideas for an adventure playground.

17.08.2011 - Two activity trails opened as a pilot programme of the Hessian Ministry for Social Affairs

In the framework of the Hessian sustainability strategy “LiveHealthy – StayHealthy”, an academic study of this activity trail and the 4F Circle activity trail in Darmstadt, which was opened in July, is being carried out by the Hessian Ministry for Social Affairs.

17.08.2011 - New Internet portal

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.

17.08.2011 - Family Flocks at Farley Fox

Plunging slides, an enormous Bird's Nest Swing, a skate ramp and challenging trim trails are just some of the brand new fun features at the Farley Fox Park, which opened last week in Farley, east of Salisbury.

17.08.2011 - – Germany’s largest playground catalogue

But where are the nicest playgrounds in Germany? The website can provide an answer to this question. was created in 2008 and is a collection of playgrounds compiled by users that is free to use.

22.08.2011 - Urban street style at the Electoral Palace

The Federal Horticultural Show Koblenz 2011 has more to offer than fragrant flowers and classical music concerts: the new skate plaza on the BUGA site in front of the Electoral Palace with height difference of up to one metre and various, custom-made concrete skate elements is designed to entertain and challenge skateboarders, BMX riders and in-line skaters alike.

11.10.2011 - Ball games in public spaces – from the “football cage” to multi-functional playing areas

A ball and some space – these are the basic ingredients for play, fun and exercise. It sounds so simple, yet the spatial and creative implementation in the public spaces of a densely populated city is so complex.

11.10.2011 - Minigolf on the multi-storey car park

In the domain of town planning parks, play areas and public places have a large role to play, but there is not always enough space available to accommodate them. This is why in Franconian Zirndorf, the operator of a local leisure park has allowed a minigolf course with a green adventure landscape and play areas made from artificial turf to be created on the roof of the respective multi-storey car park.

11.10.2011 - Desert Playground at the Erratic Block Park

Lusatia is a region rich in contrast, which stretches from the south-eastern part of Brandenburg to the east of Saxony: besides nature reserves, there are huge abandoned quarries, which are transformed into new spaces to explore and experience nature within the framework of one of the largest-scale renaturalization processes in Europe. Successful example: the Nochten Erratic Block Park on the site of the former Nochten open-cast mine not far from the Saxon town of Bautzen.

11.10.2011 - Europe’s Trendiest Outdoor Playground

Area 47, located at the entrance to the Ötz valley where the valley’s Ache and Inn rivers flow together, was created because ski resorts often find it difficult to convince their spoiled patrons to visit during the summer, despite the excellent facilities on offer.

15.12.2011 - Usage analysis of fitness parks in public spaces

Public spaces in Germany have been expanded and upgraded with the addition of fitness parks for the last ten years approximately. As per the conception idea, older adults, sporty people or even younger and mixed age groups who don’t want to be tied to clubs or fitness studios have a wealth of exercise options on offer.

12.03.2012 - First nationwide educational courses for ‘qualified playground testers’

There is finally a nationwide applicable standard with regard to safety in playgrounds.

12.03.2012 - A piece of Africa in Dresden

A new giraffe and zebra enclosure has been built at Dresden Zoo. The design was chosen to bring across the animals' origins in a playful way

12.03.2012 - Exercise and mobility in the urban environment 2020

And he keeps a diary in which he records what he encounters when he cycles through large conurbations such as New York, Istanbul and Berlin.

12.03.2012 - Desert Playground at the Erratic Block Park

Lusatia is a region rich in contrast, which stretches from the south-eastern part of Brandenburg to the east of Saxony: besides nature reserves, there are huge abandoned quarries, which are transformed into new spaces to explore and experience nature within the framework of one of the largest-scale renaturalization processes in Europe.

12.03.2012 - Now online – The new Lappset MyDesign! Website

With the MyDesign! Service by Lappset, you will strike gold.

16.04.2012 - Why not encourage the various generations to play together?

Everywhere in the German-speaking world, the accepted policy for several years has been to promote the construction of so-called multigenerational parks. There is now a multiplicity of relevant suppliers and a wide range of exercise equipment designed for the needs of young adults, the middle-aged and especially for adults over the age of 50 years.

16.04.2012 - High quality cable and naturally grown timber posts make play trails safe and stylish

Huck constructs its playground equipment from its specially developed Hercules cable. The cable consists of six twisted, 2.5 mm thick steel strands, each of which is formed from seven individual galvanized wires.

16.04.2012 - Rope play – a trend?

If you accept the definition of a trend as a general movement over time of a statistically detectable change, then rope play equipment is still in vogue.

16.04.2012 - Play without limits

The sensory perception garden at Hagendorn in Switzerland is an outdoor facility designed along remedial pedagogic and sensory theoretical guidelines to help children with multiple disabilities. But it is also more than this in that it offers a varied play and recreation area for everyone.

16.04.2012 - The Spacenet Inventors breathe life into the world of rope play equipment

Over the ensuing 40-plus years the Corocord company has become synonymous with on-going innovation in the sphere of rope play equipment made from rope nets.

16.04.2012 - "Together, side by side"

The idea provided by the KuKuK Company from Stuttgart in Germany was found to be equally inspiring by both schools. In addition to the usual range of playground equipment, it also included a special floor modelled into low hills which could be accessed by children with physical impairments.

19.04.2012 - Safer Playgrounds with Coca Cola

Playground@Landscape: What are the primary goals of the Fanta Playground Initiative and how will these be realised?
Uwe Kleinert, Chief of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability for Coca-Cola Germany, Berlin: The main goal of the initiative is to create more space for creative and safe play.

12.06.2012 - Experience means making a difference to daily routine

The Ruhrpark is situated to the extreme south of the city of Oberhausen, in the Alstaden district. It provides not only leisure activities for the citizens living in the immediate neighbourhood, but, together with the neighbouring Ruhr water meadows, is also a very popular local leisure destination.

12.06.2012 - When committed citizens make it happen

"The volunteers have done outstanding work in maintaining the park." says Kimberly Baker, a member of the current “Friends of Pineview Park" association.

12.06.2012 - Community constable significantly reduces anti-social behaviour through play projects

The MUGA was officially opened on 3 April by PC Banks and Yvette Cooper MP as the second phase of the Knottingley Community Partnership Project.

12.06.2012 - Sport facility or independent exercising location?

Intergenerational fitness or trim trails are currently a topic of much general interest in the media, at conferences and in public meetings in order to allow the public at large, decision-makers and planners to form their own opinions.

12.06.2012 - Urban Landscape in Motion

The Eduard-Wallnöfer-Platz public square in Innsbruck.

12.06.2012 - Playground with soul

Child-oriented, close to nature, generation-spanning.

08.08.2012 - Sams is up to something at the Garden Show

From 26.04.2012 to 07.10.2012 the 16th Bavarian Garden Show 2012 will be taking place on the grounds of the former ERBA cotton mill.

08.08.2012 - "What a park!"

This fitting exclamation came from Stefan Freitag, mayor of the town of Velbert during the opening of the Leisure Park Nordstadt. The conversion of the old, derelict playground and football pitch into an intergenerational leisure park was one of the focus projects within the regional urban renovation programme "Stadtumbau West" in Velbert Nordstadt.

08.08.2012 - Young urban landscapes

While much attention is paid to the needs of children and older people in urban planning procedures, very little notice is taken of the requirements of teenagers and young adults. Identification and integration of these needs provide new opportunities and create tasks for urban planning.

17.10.2012 - School playgrounds – schoolyards as public playgrounds

Where can children play in a densely populated town these days anyway?
School playgrounds are generally the only resources that can even be considered as public play areas. The grounds that would be used for play areas – if at all – are expensive and hard to come by, yet there are already alternatives available, which are completely free.

18.10.2012 - Hamburg society builds playgrounds in crisis areas

Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the French oceanographer, once said that “playing is one activity that can’t be taken seriously enough.” The work of the voluntary society alma terra is based upon the same principles. The name of the society translates as ‘bountiful earth’.

04.12.2012 - Playing in the Historical Garden

The historic Steinplatz (stone square) in Leipzig was restored and re-designed.
The innovative design of a landmarked playground and ornamental square in Leipzig was awarded two prizes. The successful addition of modern facilities for playing and recreation sets standards in dealing with user-intensive, historical grounds in the town.

27.02.2013 - “Make three from one” – providing more play options in Nuremburg

Through its “Make three from one” (Aus 1 mach 3) programme, the city of Nuremburg contributes two euros for every donated euro in order to ensure that projects can be accomplished that would otherwise be delayed because of lack of funding. In 2005, for example, this concept proved to be so successful that it was possible to construct a cycle path from the finances raised.

27.02.2013 - Themed playgrounds in Vienna: Planning is everything

When playgrounds are being planned, renovated and redesigned, the users (young people, children) are integrated in the planning process by means of participation projects, so that their interests can be taken into consideration and included.

27.02.2013 - Rainbow strip in Helene Deutsch Park

In a hidden little park in Vienna, colourful module furniture is at once a key element and a space divider, furniture and play equipment.

27.02.2013 - Wiener Wohnen: Facility for all ages on Donaustadt municipal estate

The Alfred-Klinkan-Hof at Donaustadtstrasse 30 is home to a total of 533 flats. Thus more than 1,000 people share the green and open spaces of the municipal apartment complex.

09.04.2013 - How child-friendly is Europe?

Slowly but surely, there has been a decrease in the birth rate in Europe.

09.04.2013 - Early Excellence - The PFH model

The design of outdoor facilities in the Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus.

09.04.2013 - Alarming lack of exercise among children

As they get older, however, the amount of vital physical exercise they enjoy decreases.

09.04.2013 - Movement from the outset

Children have a natural urge to move around. They jump, climb, balance or test their capabilities in other ways.

09.04.2013 - 3,000 participants at the 8th “Moved Childhood” congress.

(Lower Saxony Institute for Early Childhood Education and Development), has been fully booked for weeks in advance, and is the largest and most renowned event nationwide on the subject of early childhood education and development.

10.04.2013 - Exercise and early childhood education

By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Beudels, Prof. Dr. Klaus Fischer and Dr. Janine Stahl-von Zabern

12.06.2013 - Kinderhilfestiftung e.V. and the Corporation of Frankfurt am Main finance the Tabaluga playground.

On to the seesaw, ready, steady, go! After comprehensive structural renovation work the children's charity, the Kinderhilfestiftung e.V. handed over the newly designed Tabaluga playground in the Heinrich-Kraft-Park in Fechenheim to the Frankfurt Municipal Corporation on 21st September 2012.

12.06.2013 - Friends' association builds children's playgrounds

The playgrounds were to be converted to sensational, unique adventure play areas to reflect the region. A friends' association has been formed to finance the project.

12.06.2013 - PSD Bank donates 25,000 Euros

At a total cost of 50,000 Euros the playground has been renovated and equipped with new play equipment.

12.06.2013 - 23-metre high slide tower made possible by various sponsors

And what an attraction it is! Park Director Peter Milsch and Mayor André Kuper were delighted with the Dalben tower combination by playground equipment manufacturer Kaiser & Kühne, which was opened at the beginning of the 2012 summer holidays:

12.06.2013 - No Playground? Lease!

Of course a product of such quality has its price, too.

12.06.2013 - Angry Birds making playground

It has an Amusement park, dolphinarium, Aquarium, Planetarium, Observation tower, Kiddie zoo and Sara Hilden art museum. And Angry Birds.

12.06.2013 - Financing a stop-gap playground

Playground instead of building plot.

20.06.2013 - Funded fitness training outdoors

This is one of the reasons that the town of Herbrechtingen decided to install a VitaGym course. The DRK, TSV and Municipal Office are working together to implement this Vita Park.

20.06.2013 - 25 years of SIK-Holz®

This concept can be described as follows: "Customised play equipment made from creative ideas and Robinia wood".

08.08.2013 - Europe’s largest motor activities park

It means that coordination and motor skills can now be honed out of doors.

08.08.2013 - Scherz e.V. creates sports facilities and activity areas

The lack of physical activity by children and young people has become a serious problem not only for families but for society as a whole.

08.08.2013 - The trend growing older – Demographic change

In his sketch of an ideal condition for society, the British diplomat was convinced that it formed an obstacle to people from “reaching paradise on earth”.

08.08.2013 - Not just for senior citizens: Design students create fitness equipment

As soon as funding has been secured, these are to be set up at the Lindenplatz in Würselen near Aachen.

08.08.2013 - On the path to a town where life is long and good

Demographic change can and must be responded to at the municipal level. It is on the basis of this conviction that an ageing society has for many years been a key issue for the town of Arnsberg.

08.08.2013 - Outdoor fitness

Chairman of the newly founded "Outdoor fitness park" committee within the Bundesverband für Spielplatzgeräte- und Freizeitanlagen-Hersteller e.V. (BSFH) [a federal association of playground equipment and leisure facility manufacturers].

08.08.2013 - Outdoor fitness area in Berlin Neukölln

Neukölln is the eighth of a total of twelve boroughs that make up Berlin and it is located in the southern section of Germany’s capital. Neukölln has a population of more than 313,000, but this part of the city is characterised by high levels of unemployment, child poverty, rapid resident fluctuation, a lack of community spirit, a large proportion of immigrants and poor access to education.

08.08.2013 - Accommodating the differing requirements of freedom of movement and safety

Niederbronner Platz in Fürstenfeldbruck: neighbourhood square, activity garden and water feature.

The construction of Niederbronner Platz as a neighbourhood square in the major district city of Fürstenfeldbruck is part of an overall concept for structural development of the eastern inner city.

08.08.2013 - The outdoors trend

“Augmented Outdoors” describes the origins of a new understanding of nature for the 21st century. The focus is no longer on the inspiring ideal of the untouched, which was, moreover, always an illusion.

16.10.2013 - Popular meeting place for fitness activities in Bad Windsheim

Intensive use of the new movement area in the spa gardens – Opportunities for people of all ages

16.10.2013 - An opportunity for plenty of exercise on the new theme park adventure trail

Attractively themed recreational facilities are particularly popular with families. Obra-Design, an Austrian playground equipment manufacturer, has already completed a string of highly successful projects in this sector. One of the more outstanding examples can be found in the Wild West-inspired ‘Pullman City’ theme park, located in Eging am See in Bavaria.

16.10.2013 - Magdeburg – movement on the Elbe

The new playground by the city’s look-out tower was planned with the aim of creating a movement area with transregional significance.

19.12.2013 - School facilities as exercise spaces for shared learning

The term 'inclusive education' as used within the debate on forms of inclusive schooling acknowledges the natural right of those involved to be provided with the same level of access to all forms of education at school.

19.12.2013 - Together we will not be lonely

Redesign of the playground of the Wilhelm Gentz primary school in Neuruppin. Pilot school participating in the inclusive education project of the State of Brandenburg.

20.12.2013 - Children at a special school have the same play needs

An open air school in Breda provides learning and play facilities for children with chronic illnesses.

15.02.2014 - An attraction for Büsum residents and holidaymakers

The Health and Tourism Service has invested in a site that appeals to Büsum residents and holidaymakers of all ages.

15.04.2014 - Skate and Chill out on the Vienna Gürtel

The redesign of the middle island on a heavy-traffic city street creates recreational space for young people in a densely developed area. A functional landscape was created with the participation of the Vienna street skating scene. Impressively designed green spaces for play and relaxation bring the concept of a city boulevard back to life under modern-day conditions. Tens of thousands of road users daily watch the facility and its users: Emil-Maurer-Platz Park

20.06.2014 - A sports meeting point for all ages

The movement trails in Darmstadt and Hanau: An evaluation after two years of operation

22.08.2014 - Playful Diversity in Ravensberger Park

A one-hectare green space in Bielefeld’s Ravensberger Park was redesigned as a part of the integrated urban development concept "Northern City Limits", a program that contributes to the sustainable improvement and stabilization of the surrounding quarter.

05.11.2014 - Where the wind blows!

In the “Windland” themed children’s park in Alsheim and on the “Hunsrück Wind Trail”, two projects conceived by the wind farm developer ABO Wind, visitors can discover how wind is transformed into clean energy.

05.11.2014 - Rovio and Holiday Club Resorts open large Outdoor Angry Birds Activity Park

The largest Angry Birds Activity Park to date has been opened on the holiday island of Gran Canaria. Stretching over more than 5,000m², it is the fourth and largest park to result from the partnership between Rovio and one of the leading providers of holiday and travel services, Holiday Club Resorts. The Lappset Group delivered and planned the park in conjunction with its customer.

19.12.2014 - From urban jungle to school playground

To cope with its growing number of pupils, the primary school of the German School in Lisbon opened a new building in spring 2008 and for head Thomas Strobl it quickly became obvious that the children required an attractive play area. So he turned to the Spacenet Inventors from Corocord.

19.12.2014 - Schoolyard becomes play landscape

Noses pressed flat against the construction site fence? Children only staring at the playground? Perhaps pulling the fence posts apart and secretly creeping in to already try out the play area? The long wait finally came to an end on 7 March 2013. The playground at the Schillerschule in Öhringen was opened.

19.12.2014 - A feast for all the senses: working together to create a near-natural and activity-friendly school and play yard

'Learning together' is the motto of the GGS Herrenhauser municipal primary school in Mettmann near Düsseldorf in Germany.

19.12.2014 - Living, learning and playing together in the school yard

The Beatrix School is a primary school with 275 pupils located in Rotterdam's Pendrecht district. It was originally a Protestant faith-based school but, just like the surrounding area, the Beatrix School has since become a multicultural melting pot in which at least 30 different nationalities rub shoulders with each other.

19.12.2014 - Movement-friendly schoolyards – A hallmark of the Groß-Gerau district

Some of those who are older still know the schoolyard as a place with trees, shrubs, trails leading to hidden spots, an adjoining school garden and a sports ground. This may still have been the case in the 1960s.

15.01.2015 - Surprising leisure opportunities in an unusual location

In Lindlar in the Oberbergisches Land, the :metabolon project is an innovative learning and adventure landscape for the whole family. The "transparent landfill" – an educational experience destination.

15.02.2015 - Outdoor exercise paradise in Norway

It was in 2012 that Even Aarethun first heard of the Motorikpark™ concept; he was inspired and decided to introduce the idea to Norway.

15.04.2015 - The lip Park in Hamm puts special impetus by equipment , fall protection and design

The western part of Hamm boasts a new highlight – an extraordinary landscape park encompassing three urban districts was created on the former mining areas. The core area is the 42 ha area of the abandoned Franz shaft, which was turned into a disabled-accessible municipal park with special attractions...

15.04.2015 - Dense urban structure with varied public spaces

After being released from military ownership in the 1990s, the 39.5 hectare area of land that was the Waldmann-Stetten barracks became available for development as a new residential quarter...

15.04.2015 - Appelhoff: A Quarter on the Move

Two new multigenerational play and recreational areas liven up a quarter characterized by apartment complexes.

15.04.2015 - A meeting place for all generations where there is always something happening

The Münsterplatz was originally designed as a straightforward children's playground. Extensive impact attenuation sites filled with sand, various forms of climbing equipment and well-tended flower beds formed its main features. Surrounded by substantial vegetation...

15.04.2015 - Individual planning as standard

In the north of Berlin in Freiheitsweg in the district of Reinickendorf there is a new climbing structure, which leaves no room for boredom. In the last year an area of more than 1500 m² alongside the Füchse Berlin Club sports ground has been turned into a theme park for all generations

15.04.2015 - Listening to the Children and taking their ideas seriously

The Colleggarten is an inner-city park in northern Nuremberg. There was a great deal of discontent with the municipal plans. In the end, solutions were found, however –...

15.04.2015 - The 'Salierplatz' playable name apparatus

There are once-in-a-lifetime projects that a landscape architect never forgets. A new job lands on your desk, complex construction work is commenced and, if all ends happily, there is a grand inauguration ceremony on completion...

15.04.2015 - Youth into town – Skate park in Werdau

Skate parks to improve leisure-time options for young people work in small towns, too are sustainable, and are accepted when politics, users and citizens are all involved. Teenagers can, albeit often unconventionally but not utopian by any means, provide stimuli for urban development.

10.06.2015 - Young people and exercise – an urban play world in Maggie Daley Park in Chicago

In the very heart of Chicago, overlooked by the downtown skyscrapers, a generously proportioned recreational facility has been created on a 20-acre site named Maggie Daley Park. Since its completion in late 2014, the park has become a distinctive feature of the city and has proved...

10.06.2015 - It is normal to be different

Creation of a playground which promotes the individual development of different children.

10.06.2015 - The Inclusive Playground – A Rewarding Challenge

Many people read these words thinking of a child in a wheelchair. It immediately follows that a playground surrounded by sand, with many high edges and without ramps, is simply inaccessible to such a child –and if suitable play...

10.06.2015 - The 'Lizardland' adventure playground in Rathenow

A gigantic lizard, partly buried in the old Kiekeberg quarry, a 32-metre slide that leads to a 'clutch of eggs' with water playground, 'skin scales' that serve as climbing pedestals on a south-facing slope - all discreetly integrated in the natural surroundings and supplemented by a picnic site...

10.06.2015 - Inclusion at the playground ‒ A thrilling challenge

There's nothing Robin loves better than playing on a swing. But he cannot manage to get onto a normal swing in a normal playground. That's because the bright and bubbly seven-year-old is wheelchair-bound owing to a mobility impairment...

15.08.2015 - Care of an artificial turf sports pitch – Rules to be observed

The advance of the artificial turf sports pitch is very much in full swing. In many places old pitches are being transformed into artificial turfs or new stadiums are being built. As the artificial turf is deemed as low-maintenance, this means that it is unfortunately cared for all too infrequently.

15.08.2015 - Urban rope landscapes in Copenhagen

In Copenhagen children have a completely different meaning. This is demonstrated by all the parks and play areas there. It is one of the most children-friendly towns in the world. Elsewhere families prefer to move to surrounding areas, whereas here many young parents stick to living in town. Plenty of variety is offered. Swimming pools, beaches, spacious areas for prams and buggies on trains and buses, and even the famous Christiania bikes ensure that children from the metropolis aren’t left out.

15.10.2015 - The long-wave line in view

Lively garden show in Mühlacker. Playground passes its first test.

15.10.2015 - Playground above the rooftops of Hamburg

Adults and children in the Fröbel nursery "Im Wandsbeker Quarree" were delighted with the finished rooftop playground: Space to play, run riot, climb, balance and discover. Plane-spotting or looking at the shapes of the clouds is just as much fun for children – like spending the morning break in the open air.

15.10.2015 - Aventura – The Play Mountain

It has a shaky start at the foot of the Bromberg (old stone quarry). A large entrance net leads into a treehouse-like tower – and that’s just the beginning, the beginning of what is probably Europe’s longest public space climbing facility. At 168 m long, a succession of wildly different tunnels and bridges, balance play elements and rubber mats snake their way through various towers towards the top of the mountain.

15.10.2015 - Monuments Square Berlin – the playground

The Monuments Square forms an attractive passageway from the city area to the green network of paths that make up the Schöneberger loop. The new city square is situated right next to the locomotive depot of the Deutsches Technikmuseum (German Museum of Technology) and fits in, taking into account the historical role it once played as part of the railway network.

15.10.2015 - Play and sport in Sotchi Olympic Park

Thoughts on the future viability of children's playgrounds

14.12.2015 - Densely constructed areas – and playable

Residential construction in Austria is regulated by regional laws in the individual Federal states. There is a uniform regulation here which stipulates...

14.12.2015 - Penguin-themed restaurant as a wellness oasis for tenants

“Our product is the feeling of being at home!” states the WIS Housing Association in Spreewald (WIS Wohnungsbaugesellschaft im Spreewald m.b.H)

14.12.2015 - Enhanced life quality in municipal housing

Social housing has a long tradition in Vienna and its history is inextricably entwined with the history of the city and its residents. The city regards it as its duty to meet the need for living space that is affordable and, above all, life-enhancing.

14.12.2015 - Residential environment: meeting place, recreation area ‒ part of a sense of home

Today the concept of quality of life encompasses much more than the classification of living space according to quality, quantity or location. It's also, or perhaps above all, about adjacent areas, quality of milieu, the opportunities afforded by the area around the actual residential complex. The surrounding environment mirrors the local society. It is not just "any" urban space but a meeting place, a recreation area and part of a sense of home.

14.12.2015 - "We want to offer children something"

Wohnbauwerk im Berchtesgadener Land GmbH responds to demographic change in its housing complexes.

14.12.2015 - The family-friendly neighbourhood puts children centre stage

Striking a balance between work and family life is essential for the economic development of a region. The aim is to encourage young families to settle on a long-term basis and to attract new ones...

14.12.2015 - Beautiful living – residential construction discovers residential surroundings

With "Wohntrends 2030" GdW (Federal association of German housing and real estate companies) has produced another future study for the housing sector. As one of the seven most important living trends, the topic of "Fit in the Future" was addressed in some detail. Maintaining health and thereby physical fitness is shifting into focus as a point of interest.

14.12.2015 - "Fit for the future"

The slogan for the renovation of playgrounds for Stadt und Land Wohnbauten-Gesellschaft mbH Berlin

19.02.2016 - Irrland: the amusement park for the whole family

Irrland or 'maze land': a farm-adventure oasis where it is the everyday that gets lost. The maize labyrinth is just one of the many attractions of this family-run enterprise.

19.02.2016 - Exciting car chases in the Playmobil FunPark

A new attraction was opened last year in the Playmobil FunPark – a police station. Its miniature version has been part of the Playmobil range since 1974. This has now been realised in life-sized form on a 2600 m² site.

19.02.2016 - Everything that puts a smile on a child's face

Sliding, swinging, climbing ‒ there is nothing children enjoy more than romping and playing. In addition to allowing these little unruly spirits to indulge in physical exercise and train their coordination abilities through play, Germany's largest theme park also provides them with amusement in a wide diversity of forms: there are a remarkable nine different playgrounds in the Europa-Park just waiting to be explored. All have been designed with a passion for detail and with one primary objective: to make children happy.

19.02.2016 - Water playground as a marketing tool

One of the most popular attractions on the Industrial Heritage Trail in Germany's Ruhr area is the Waltrop Henrichenburg boat lift, one of the eight sites comprising the Westphalian State Museum of Industrial Heritage. Even those for whom technology is a closed book are fascinated by the system. The boat lift dating to the turn of the last century is also a favourite destination for children.

19.02.2016 - Givskud Zoo invests in its future ‒ in the form of a new playground

Givskud Zoo and Safari Park in Denmark was opened in 1969 and has become an important attraction for tourists from near and far. In 2010, the zoo registered nearly 280,000 visitors passing through its gates.

19.02.2016 - Playing at dizzying heights in Poing Wildlife Park

Unusual large-scale multiplay unit opened in a privately-run park near Munich

15.04.2016 - Breathing new life into the neighbourhood

Giesenberg play area in Wichlinghausen, a district of Wuppertal, has been given a complete overhaul. The landscape architect responsible for redesigning the area is Mattis Ricken. Mattis works for the city of Wuppertal and has been supervising the project from the very beginning.

15.04.2016 - Investment in a problem district – eight new sites for the white estate in Neukölln

The white estate is situated in the north of the Berlin Neukölln district. More than 4,000 people live here, over 60% of whom receive welfare benefits, and over 70% have a migrant background. A large proportion of the children are affected by child poverty.

15.06.2016 - Back on the rails again!

'Schnaufi' is the name borne by a steam locomotive constructed over 100 years ago that found a home in the Engelsberger Hof playground in Solingen in 1971. This former Puffing Billy has since provided generations of children...

15.06.2016 - Park with motor skills exercise trail

Following a two-year construction phase, the Europa playground in the 'Park am Buschkrug' in Berlin was opened by district mayor Franziska Giffey and Thomas Blesing of the local building authority. Around the periphery of this green space runs a motor skills exercise trail.

19.08.2016 - Green oasis with Celtic-themed playground

One objective of the project for the renovation and redesign of the municipal park in Erding in Bavaria was to provide for a sensitive, eco-friendly approach to the preservation of the existing stock of trees while adapting the site to the needs of the local residents....

15.10.2016 - Movement and action site on Droryplatz – an outstanding schoolyard-playground in Berlin Neukölln

At the start of the summer the big day finally arrived: after rebuilding work lasting several months the new playground on Droryplatz in Berlin's Neukölln district was officially opened at a summer festival. During school hours the playground is used by the children of the Löwenzahn school while in the afternoon it is accessible as a central, official facility for children from the neighbourhood. A crèche and two day nurseries also benefit as they are in the immediate vicinity of the remodelled Droryplatz.

15.10.2016 - Playing and moving at a refugee camp in Berlin

Playing promotes education and helps children to develop their personality and to overcome socio-cultural limitations.

20.02.2017 - A very special indoor playground

On 22 June, the Geoparc de Percé in Canada's Quebec opened its new indoor play area to the public. This features...

20.02.2017 - From the concrete elephant to the first theme playground in Sibiu

A beautiful play castle was built in 2016 in Sibiu. Sibiu (Hermannstadt) is one of the most important ethnic German cities of Transylvania (also known as Siebenbürgen).

20.02.2017 - Fun and movement in a safe playing against the backdrop of a spectacular scenery

Every year, the unique fjord scenery of Norway attracts many active holiday tourists like a magnet. These tourists do not want to lie on overcrowded beaches or drink cheap red wine out of big buckets. They are nature lovers and want to do their body, mind and spirit something good. They enjoy spending their holidays with their families and like to be outside in the fresh air!

20.02.2017 - It feels like playing in Africa

It feels like playing in Africa; without putting too much emphasis on decorative elements; a playground connected to the new barrier-free footbridge which is leading through the terrain.Three areas which should arouse children's interest. This is only a rough sketch on the basis of which ZooParc de Beauval wants to develop a new playground area.

20.02.2017 - Summiteer: playground area plucked out of the air

The regional natural recreation area of the Stockhorn mountain offers both unique experiences – and a playground area.

20.02.2017 - Welcome to Amazonia

Gaze casually across at Bolton’s Market Place Shopping Centre near Manchester in the North of England and you may be excused for being somewhat sceptical about what lies lurking beneath its mega mix of stores, restaurants and retail outlets...

18.04.2017 - A miniature wooden play landscape concealed among prefabricated houses

A playground with a river-based theme - from mountain stream to lake - in the south of Dresden

18.04.2017 - Lueders Park`N`Play in Copenhagen, Denmark

Since late summer of last year, the new bright red playground on the similarly coloured 'Park 'N' Play' building has provided visitors with stunning views over Copenhagen's habour district....

18.04.2017 - Thematic playground modelled on a historical example

Recently the City of Plettenberg inaugurated the "Plettenberger Kleinbahn" (former local railway of Plettenberg) for children, a thematic playground modelled on the historical cab-forward steam engine.

18.04.2017 - A dream comes true ‐ a playground in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg

Dreams transport us into other worlds and allow us to escape the everyday. Perhaps what we are doing when we dream is forge plans for the future. But it is not often that the opportunity to make a dream come true is offered - although in this case...

18.04.2017 - The Dominoes project

Theleisureway was fortunate enough to be invited by our client in Alcobendas, Madrid, to bring our experience and know-how to the table with the objective of creating a vertical play area for children.

18.04.2017 - "Eine Insel mit zwei Bergen und dem tiefen, weiten Meer…."

Hardly anyone who grew up in Germany in the 1970s and 1980s can fail to recognise the words above - "An island with two mountains in the deep, wide sea...".They are...

19.06.2017 - Three-storey climbing tower in the shopping mall-based Famplayland

A gigantic shopping mall named Central Festival EastVille opened in eastern Bangkok in late 2015. The intention of the operators was to put in place a shopping centre providing attractions that go beyond...

19.06.2017 - More visitors and fun in the Berlin Zoo

Animal Park and Zoo Director Andreas Knieriem inaugurates new water playground and fairy tale forest and is meanwhile back in the black.

19.06.2017 - The 'Maison de Pitoufeu' - the world of volcanoes for kids

The French Vulcania theme park is located in Saint-Ours-les-Roches in the Auvergne in the centre of a 30 km chain of scores of various types of dormant volcanic features that now provide a most unusual landscape.

19.06.2017 - Exotic travel ‒ play spaces at the IGA Berlin

The 'Gardens of the World' leisure park will this year be playing host to the IGA ‒ the International Garden Festival. Even when the IGA is not here...

19.06.2017 - Zoological adventure playground in Bochum's zoo and fossil centre – A special kind of fun

Climb like a monkey, balance like a coati, glide like a snake and slide like a penguin - these and other forms of activities can be enjoyed by children in the 'zoological adventure...

19.06.2017 - Water - the central theme of Captune World in Istanbul

The Capitol Shopping Center was opened in 1993 as the first shopping mall in the Asian side of Istanbul in Turkey. The six-storied building with its total floor area of 73,000 m² is...

20.08.2017 - South Park in San Francisco, California (USA)

South Park is San Francisco’s oldest public park and is situated in the heart of the South of Market area of the town. An English-style walk garden serves as a template of the park created in 1865....

20.08.2017 - Robber Hotzenplotz, Zwackelmann the sorcerer and other magical play pals

Author Otfried Preußler would have been delighted. A special themed playground with figures taken from his children's books in Ergolding in Lower Bavaria.

13.04.2018 - Space flight meets urban green area

The redevelopment of the Parc Kaltreis in Luxembourg has been implemented in close collaboration with its users and the local residents. Their needs and wishes were included in the respective design planning.

16.08.2018 - Fire-brigade themed playground offers climbing experiences for various age groups

Planning motif and basic concept for Heidelberg "Fire Brigade" children's playground

19.10.2018 - The Ohrn water playground in Öhringen

In addition to the provisions made for the 2016 State Horticultural Show that was held in the town of Öhringen in Baden-Württemberg, the town had long been considering upgrading its urban open spaces and park facilities. ...

19.10.2018 - Magical place takes you back in time to a bygone era

The children’s playground “Nürnburger Wall” (Nürnburg rampart) was redesigned along the theme “East Frisian chieftains”, paying homage to East Frisia’s history. On the one hand, this theme did justice to the historic site of the Nürnburg rampart, and on the other hand, it offered the opportunity to create a unique, very individual facility with a high play value and an equally high information potential. ...

19.10.2018 - The water playground in Müntepark – A meeting place for all generations

A framework plan was created as early as 2013 for the town planning of the central district around Müntepark in the town of Diepholz. One important objective of the proposed measures was the development and opening of the park into the district and improved access. ...

18.04.2019 - An intriguing and challenging playground with a big appeal

With about 60,000 apartments in its portfolio, the Berlin HOWOGE housing association is one of the ten major landlords in Germany.

18.06.2019 - Flying houses over Southern Münsterland

In Western Germany, almost every child knows the Ketteler Hof, which is a leisure park situated between the Ruhr Area and Münsterland. No wonder, because on an area of 115,000 sqm...

18.08.2019 - Improving the quality of play areas in Gropiusstadt, a growing district of Berlin

A multi-stage participation process for children and youngsters of Gropiusstadt, a district of Berlin

18.08.2019 - Get up on the roof! Creating urban play spaces in times of redensification.

The 21st century is already the century of urbanisation. More than half of the world's population is already living in cities – in 2050 it is expected to be
more than two-thirds.

18.08.2019 - Playgrounds on vacant lots

In an era of growing urban densification: fill that gap!

18.08.2019 - Playground planning and inner-city redensification

The phenomenon of 'redensification' is an age-old approach to the solution of the problem of city growth.

18.08.2019 - Adventurous play among the walls of a ruin

The ruins of a 150-year-old structure in Basel are home to a low level rope course for younger and older children.