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YOUR FORUM FOR PLAY, SPORTS UND LEISURE AREAS

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Open spaces for loud and wild games

Open spaces represent an important opposite world to the domesticated, digitised, traffic-loaded everyday life of metropolitan children. In this context the Waller Sand beach park in Bremen shows how both children and the entire city population benefit from natural open spaces.

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Creating values that are beneficial for humans and the environment

Henningsen, a landscape architect firm, plans and implements projects designed to conform to financial, ecological and user-specific needs. Such projects include the primary school in Bötzow and the new Bambachstrasse pedestrian pathway in the Neukölln district of Berlin, with its play and sport facilities.

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First review then plan – Decision-making on the basis of concept studies

Should a sport facility be moved to a new site or should the facility be retained as is and upgraded? This is a question faced by many local authorities when it comes to their responsibilities with regard to the provision...

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Installation of a barrier-free play and sport landscape

The garden of the bfz social learning centre in Klagenfurt in Austria now boasts a unique, barrier-free, naturalistic play and adventure landscape.

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The Matrix- classification and evaluation of inclusive play areas.

Everybody is currently talking about inclusion, because the aim is to allow social interaction in all areas of communal life, at schools, universities, at work, and on one's way to get there. However, the term "inclusion" means...

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Park Gustave & Léonard Hentsch in Genf

Parc Gustave & Léonard Hentsch: The park project is based on an idea designed by the landscape architects Hüsler & Associés. It reflects the aim of uniting people from different social backgrounds at a well-functioning public space suitable for numerous purposes.

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Discover the colourful world of Christrosenweg - (*Christmas Rose Road) in Cologne

No matter if a trip to the moon, a jeep safari, an excursion to the old castle ruin or just walking along beautiful plant areas: here in the outdoor area of the Christmas Rose Road in Cologne everything becomes possible.

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Upgrading of the Pepermölenbek playground

What exactly is a 'playground'?
The senate of the City of Hamburg places considerable emphasis on the attractiveness of the local playgrounds.

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AnkerCustomised play worlds

Based in Klosters in Switzerland, the planning consultants Planungsbüro Wegmüller have considerable experience when it comes to designing creative themed playgrounds.

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A playground designed with the input of the neighbourhood in Bochum

The children's playground in Bochum, Heinrich Gustav Straße / corner of Wittekindstraße is among the projects supported by the federal government, the state of NRW and Bochum city council as part of the Social City programme in the Werne Langendreer- Alter Bahnof (WLAB) urban renewal area.

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Polygonia – A Mosaic of Stories

The regeneration of the central playground on Schollweg in Hanover-Mühlenberg is a pilot project of the “Socially Integrative City” urban development funding programme and will give impetus to further measures planned.

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Steinstraße Playground: a Small Green Space with a Big Impact

Groß-Gerau lies south of Frankfurt and has a population of about 25,000. It is home to many children and adolescents who play a role in the urban development.

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"The old bakery” (Zur Alten Bäckerei) is the new playground of Leipzig-Großzschocher

In the past: a private garden area of a mill owner. Now: a wild savage property. In future: a unique children's play forest.

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The “Fritschiwiese” in Zurich – a lively and popular neighbourhood park

A look at the history of the neighbourhood: in the second half of the 19th century, Aussersihl, a separate municipality located west of the city of Zurich (on the other side of the Sihl River) experienced a substantial increase in population due to industrialisation and railway construction.

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The water world with a water playground

The new water playground at Norikusbucht Cove on the southern banks of Wöhrder See Lake in Nuremberg is the most important ‘attraction’ in this section of the area of the park besides the new swimming bay and the movement parcours and was created when this 1970s park was renovated and redesigned.

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Water as the defining element

One of the most prominent features of the State Horticultural Show held in Bamberg in 2012 was the fish ladder constructed in an old arm of the River Regnitz. In order to bring visitors and more especially children closer to this newly created habitat, two of the five play areas constructed for the show were designated as 'water playgrounds' and located close to the fish ladder and old river arm. ...

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The water playground in the Archaeological Park in Xanten

In 2005, Rhineland Regional Council (LVR) decided to add a water playground to the existing play area within Xanten's Archaeological Park, an attraction designed to give visitors an impression of what the former Roman settlement of Colonia Ulpia Traiana located here was like. ...

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Water games – which standards need to be followed and how can costs be saved

Many planners and also municipalities shy away from using water on playgrounds. They believe the technology is too complex, operation too elaborate and the costs too high. However, the (playful) handling of water is one of the most elementary experiences that people can have. This is one of the reasons why designs with water are some of the most fascinating outdoor elements. At the same time, the planning process must address not only the design issues but also the technical requirements as well as hazards and calculable risks. This article will provide some fundamental pointers and advice for planning water playgrounds or water elements on playgrounds. ...

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Water playgrounds - wet play value

Playing wherever the shoes and shirts get wet, regardless of whether in puddles or at the beach, is and will remain a favourite game. But why? Is it that water has such a strong fascination for children because of its many faces and facets? ...

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Stiftung Sparda-Bank Hannover foundation sponsors playgrounds in public spaces, schools and kindergartens

Since 2016, the foundation has made €150,000 available for the construction of fantasy play parks.

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New space for activities can transform urban life

In Denmark urban spaces are becoming drivers of change that can enhance the quality of life, make more people physically active...

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A city in movement – strategic approaches for the development of a sport and exercise-friendly life environment

A major-sized sport club with more than 5000 members and located in the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany, has opened its doors to non-members and created an attractive motoric and exercise course without one cent of subsidy from...

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Parents of children at German day care centres want harmonised standards across the country

The majority of parents in Germany would like to see the imposition of binding quality standards for all child day care centres in the country. This has emerged from a survey of more than 4400 parents undertaken on behalf of the Bertelsmann Foundation. At the same time, the German children's rights organisation, the Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk, is also urging the authorities to ensure that all child day care centres provide outdoor play facilities.

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Who is talking when and to whom? And, above all, how?

Children are always playing and, above all, they are playing everywhere. That is why they do not only need typical playground areas, but also open spaces in nature and in the city to develop and get some exercise...

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How green should our cities be? And to what extent do we need to cater for physical exercise?

Notes on the topic of 'Exercise and green spaces as part of urban development concepts' in Nuremberg.

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Ways of involving local communities in the active planning of public spaces

Public consultation is a phrase that is on everyone's lips because it is considered to be a factor that essentially determines the success of undertakings - although this insight has only really prevailed in Germany since certain major construction projects triggered large scale public protests. And yet, this strategy...

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On the power of free space planning

An application for a garden show and its implications

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Green is good for you

Our well-being is enhanced by natural surroundings. There are many studies that have shown that green spaces are associated with health-promoting effects. Yet planners and lawmakers all...

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To play is to live

Imagine a city where work is done from the vision, that life should be all about playing – not only for children and young people but also for adults and elderly.

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The school playground in the neighbourhood – a place for all generations?

School playgrounds are important places for exercising and meeting up for children and teenagers – ideally outside school hours, too. But what role does the school playground play as a place of exercise for all generations?

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Barrier-free playgrounds and open spaces for play

All children have the right to play in particular in open spaces. The new DIN 18034 (09.2012) Playgrounds and Open Spaces for Play has specified this explicitly for all public facilities.
Consequently the much-discussed topic of inclusion, in other words the definite...

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Tradition and progress that benefit the environment

eibe Produktion + Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG, a manufacturer of children's playground equipment and furniture, has set itself the objective of helping children to develop normally, grow up in a positive fashion and come to understand their environment.

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Outdoor activities and children under three years of age – the great unknown

Young children are now increasingly being provided with care during the day at nursery schools and crèches and are spending more time away from their homes. Their future development is determined by the exercise they get. This means that outdoor activity spaces in crèches, daycare centres and kindergartens need to be appropriately designed.

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Play is what our world is for!

Impressions and thoughts on the occasion of the 2014 Conference of the International Play Association in Istanbul

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Safety in the playground - to what extent is it necessary and appropriate?

Playgrounds are important to children as places where they can exercise as much as they need and give their imagination and creativity free rein during play with others.

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The continuing applicability of prior provisions and current safety requirements for playgrounds

It is common practice to include stipulations in new laws and contracts to ensure that certain legal requirements that were already in place prior to the introduction of the new legislation or revision of a contract can continue to apply in unchanged form.

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New outdoor gyms in Sweden

Crossfit, street workout, outdoor gym or just body exercise in the outdoors, you name it! Lappset Sweden has installed several new outdoor gym & fitness parks equipped with Lappset’s novelties. In Stockholm, in the city of Strängnäs and also in Eskilstuna – not far away from the Swedish Capital – new gym parks have been opened.

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The Naked Heart Foundation

The Naked Heart Foundation is a children’s charity set up by philanthropist and top model Natalia Vodianova in 2004. Their mission is to ensure that every child has the two things they need for a happy, fulfilling childhood – a loving family and a safe and stimulating place to play. Theysupport families raising children with special needs and build inclusive play facilities across Russia.

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alla hopp! – New initiative of the Dietmar Hopp Foundation

“alla hopp!” is the name of the new and so far biggest promotional campaign of the Dietmar Hopp Foundation. It is intended to get young and old really interested in movement. With that in mind, the foundation is donating 18 movement and meeting facilities for the entire metropolitan region. The municipalities of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region had until 30 September 2013 to apply online for an alla hopp! facility. alla hopp! is a unique concept, developed together with experts, for movement and meeting in the region. All generations will enjoy free access the facilities at no charge. There they will be able to experience different forms of movement, keep fit and relax in whatever way they want to.

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Nursery school becomes an inspiring children’s adventure playground

Räuberland – Robberland at an urban children‘s day care centre (Schleizerstrasse 1, Erfurt)

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Space for dreaming in the play chest

Of role play, meeting places, changes in perspective, blue tricycles and other adventures

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Free areas for movement dreams/spaces for the little ones of Cologne

The KiTA RIO day care centre in the Platenstraße in Cologne: to understand the world and reconstruct for themselves how it fits together, children themselves have to be able to sense reality, comprehend events and discover relationships.

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Designing the garden as an educational area for children in a nursery

An exemplary observation of the Luftikus Nursery Association Parents’ Initiative (Elterninitiative Kinderhaus Luftikus e.V.) by means of the planning and design of the external grounds.

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Play is vital for children

In the last 25 years in many European countries family life has undergone huge changes.

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2012-2013 Handbook for Landscape Architects published

The 2012/2013 handbook is the first publication of the Federation of German Landscape Architects to forge a link with the bdla’s anniversary year for on 29 October 1913 landscape architects around Grand Ducal Hessian court garden engineer Philipp Siesmeyer founded the Association of German Garden Architects in Frankfurt on the Main.

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Leisure pools now provide a special play experience on Euroflex® EPDM Aqua Slabs

This is how one could define this type of outdoor areas, usually incorporated into a thermal bath or an open-air swimming pool.

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Coir logs for the design of children’s playgrounds

Coir logs were originally developed for near-natural river bank stabilization and have been successfully used for this purpose for decades.

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Snug provides mobile play resource for market town

Following the construction of a Sainsbury’s Supermarket, Section 106 funding was made available in Neston resulting in the publication of a Public Realm Design Guide which highlighted the need to develop the market square.

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Huck Bird’s Nest® prevents accidents

Bird’s nest swings are therefore popular play items in every playground as they fit several children at one time, which brings an added thrill to the play.

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Mega Zip Line in the Harz Mountains opened

As of now, starting from a launch tower, riders can soar down a 1,000 metre long zip line with the aid of a pulley (OC Falcon) either alone or in pairs of two side by side at speeds of up to 50 mph.

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ESTO secures victory for Synthetic Turf Industry

The German Institute for Normalisation (DIN) in 2011 introduced a "pre-standard" for synthetic turf, DIN SPEC 18035-7.

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New Play Panels for Schools

A unique modular system allows you to combine the panels and transform them into a fantastic fire engine or a colourful camper van.

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Playtop Perfect for Pandas

Tian Tian, meaning "sweetie", and Yang Guang, meaning "sunshine", have two separate enclosures at the zoo, one of which includes a Playtop impact-absorbing surface.

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The swinging and the splashing begins at Martin Mere

an increase of 6000 visitors from the same time the year before.

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How do you pay for an activity trail when you’ve no money?

However, there are certain communities in which the authority personnel are facing up to the challenge and are finding ways to successfully acquire funding.

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Seminar on the topic of plastic and synthetic turf surfaces

Organiser of the conference is the International Association for Sports and Leisure facilities (IAKS).

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Synthetic turf fall-protection provides numerous advantages

(Hennef, Germany, 14.01.2013) – The company Trofil Sportbodensysteme GmbH & Co. KG, based in Hennef, Germany, not only produces synthetic turf for uses in sport and events, for some time now, it has also offered synthetic turf systems for impact protection which ensure improved safety and which have already been installed in nursery schools, school playgrounds or sports facilities.

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Design is what makes the style, the look

Playground@Landscape: In English and French design means “creation” or “conception”, whereas the Italian disegno (English: drawing, sculpture) has the stronger meaning of a process to be tested, like the Spanish diseño.

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German youth welfare organisation development fund is welcoming applications until 31 March 2013

The goal of the development fund is to improve the lives of children and youths through participation.

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“Moved Childhood” Congress for the 8th time in Osnabruck

With 3,000 participants, they belong to the largest events on the topic of childhood, and every two years attract educational staff to Osnabruck from all over Germany and elsewhere in Europe.

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New equipment to delight the senses from Timberplay.

The set of puzzles and sit down games are designed to engage children and adults alike. Alongside the Rotating Pairs game is a tilting table Ball Labyrinth game and Four-in-a Row.

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Adventure playground at Phoenix-See city lake

At today‘s Phoenix-See city lake in Dortmund where once stood the former steel works, Phoenix Ost, an area measuring 94 hectares – the re-natured river Emscher is now flowing again and you will find a lake measuring 24 hectares. Housing developments have been being built around the lake since 2011.

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Housing association invests in playground

The technical managing director of the Stuttgart Wohnungs- und Städtebaugesellschaft (SWSG) [Living and Urban Development Association], Helmuth Caesar, is firmly convinced that: “The island settlement should become a more attractive place for families with children. To this end, it needs a playground with wonderful playground equipment.”

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Solar-powered Son-X Octavia brings interactive sound to the playground.

The swing set has been one of the most popular items on a playground for generations and it appeals to children of all ages (as well as adults).

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Snug provides mobile play resource for market town

Following the construction of a Sainsbury’s Supermarket, Section 106 funding was made available in Neston resulting in the publication of a Public Realm Design Guide which highlighted the need to develop the market square.

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Naturally Nagold

The Riedbrunnen playground is located in the eastern half of the large oval underneath the viaduct, which forms the end point of the riverside promenade next to the Nagold and Waldach.

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Play and communication areas for different requirements

A new, customised playground has arisen from an existing playground and separate football field including a former commercial area: The Schinkestrasse - Maybachufer playground, Berlin Neukölln.

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Cutting edge design from Playdale

Playdale have been at the forefront of playground design and manufacturing for over 30 years and continually strive to create innovative products with cutting-edge design.

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Play Reaches New Heights at Chatsworth

Chatsworth have recently enhanced their popular adventure playground in their farmyard with the addition of a Climbing Forest from Timberplay.

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Bernbruch is pleased about a new “Climbing Trail” playground designed by Ziegler Playgrounds A – Z

The kids of the “Parthenzwerge” day-care centre enthusiastically stormed the new attraction of the idyllic village Grimma.

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Leisure and Recreation Trade Fair is held for the second time in the halls of the Venray Exhibition Centre

It seems as if the second Leisure and Recreation Trade Fair, which will be held on 5th, 6th and 7th February 2013, is still a long way off. Far from it! Its organization is well under way and exhibitors have already signed up for participation in the trade fair.

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Safety in children’s playgrounds

With these documents, engineer D. Hecking wants to give people dealing with playground safety issues a solid understanding of relevant regulations or bring them to mind: “Safe children’s playgrounds – a guide”.In addition, there is the handbook “Exercises and questions concerning playground equipment and playgrounds.

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The Step Bench: sitting comfort and playful exercise

The Step Bench has three different seat heights, which can be used depending on the body height and the individually desired seating comfort.

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Play space – in Düsseldorf (A Book)

Children need play areas to develop and test their physical limits, they need space to play, to let off steam, to explore, try and push their limits, but also to retreat.

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Sandmaster cleans even your synthetic surface

Synthetic surfaces require regular and intensive care for the daily wear and tear as well various weather conditions lead to a build-up of dirt particles and other impurities in the open porous structure of synthetic surfaces.

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Stainless steel fitness equipment

The activity trail developed and designed by Sergi Fernández Herrera promotes mobility and makes exercise fun.

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Timber or steel?

Playground equipment purchasers are spoilt for choice:

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Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö opened Lappset’s new factory in Estonia

Lappset Group Ltd has expanded its international business operations by opening a factory of its own for metal components and metal product ranges in Estonia, just outside its capital, Tallinn.

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Sutcliffe Play launches new inclusive ballcourt

Play experts Sutcliffe Play is furthering its specialism in inclusive play with the development of a new inclusive ballcourt.

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“Exerting yourself sensually and voluntarily”

Exercise – a law of nature, on the school playground too.
Unlike us adults, “health” or “fitness” isn’t enough of a reason for children to exercise. Children exercise because they are curious about wanting to discover their environment and, above all, because exercise is an evolutionary conditional “law of nature”.

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Worlds of Exercise

Schuzlhof school playground: “BeWegte Welten” (Worlds of Exercise) on the “Am Botanischen Garten” primary school playground in Frankfurt (Oder).

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Design opens up countless possibilities

1. Playground@Landscape: In English and French design means "creation" or "conception", whereas the Italian disegno (English: drawing, sculpture) has the stronger meaning of a process to be tested, like the Spanish diseño.

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Sparkling source of ideas for the school playground

The editors of “Playground@Landscape asked Erich Hiller Vice President of the Bundesverband Garten-, Landschafts- und Sportplatzbau e. V. (BGL) (Federal Association for Garden, Landscape and Sports Fields) and member of Ausbildungsförderwerk Garten-, Landschafts- und Sportplatzbau e. V. (AuGaLa) about the outcome of the competition held in 2011.

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Strategic development of recreational areas generates play space

Urban landscapes of the 21st century are facing very complex challenges which cannot always be mastered with the classic means of recreational planning. Current processes of change in urban metropolitan agglomerations however, also provide opportunities for giving more space to the cross-section oriented topic of development of recreational areas and playgrounds.

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Heavenly Exercise Trail at Paradiesweg 1

The modern, uniquely designed extension is joined to the old monastery, which has been renovated to be more sustainable, by a light bridge. It is a successful combination of old and new. A range of wellness packages as well as therapy rooms invite you to relax.

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The blossoming of London’s potholes

‘Pothole gardening’, one form of guerrilla gardening, first took root in Oxford. It was Pete Dungey who here first came up with the idea of using potholes as tiny guerrilla gardens both as a protest against the appalling state of Britain’s roads and to subvert familiar perceptions of what a street should look like. “If we were to fill every pothole in Britain with plants, our roads would be an absolute sea of blooms”, claims Dungey, who works as a typographic designer. The condition of London’s roads is no better. The video producer, social media specialist and serial blogger Steve Wheen thus adopted Dungey’s concept and has been working hard at filling London’s potholes with his own unique horticultural-based creations.

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Award presented to eibe Produktion + Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG

Now the idea is to be entrenched even more firmly in the regions.

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Climbing improves intelligence

The bell rings, break at last! Max makes his way outside, because this time he wants to get right to the top before his best friend Leon.

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»Mohican«: small but exquisite!

What might sound a bit dull and anything but spectacular turns out to be an uncomplicated and low-priced game of a highly stimulative nature.

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Playground meets Design

Playground@Landscape: In English and French design means "creation" or "conception", whereas the Italian disegno (English: drawing, sculpture) has the stronger meaning of a process to be tested, like the Spanish diseño.

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Interesting speakers. Lively discussions. Baroque surroundings.

The first Playground@Landscape magazine playground seminar has taken place. Conclusion to begin with: Interesting speakers, lively discussions and baroque surroundings from the town of Fulda and the event hotel.

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New safety flooring for climbing halls

The flooring under the brand name of regugym first and foremost helps reduce the severity of injuries incurred in climbing sport when falling to the ground.

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smb receives 2012 red dot design award honourable mention for the modulus trampoline system

The trampoline system, which features only three basic elements and which can be individually designed and arranged, was able to assert itself against very keen competitors in the world’s most renowned design competition.

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Urban Design – safe without impact protection

More and more cities and municipalities are enhancing their inner-city areas by installing high-quality playpoints that encourage children to have fun and engage in active play and sports without risk exposure.

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Huck extend range of rope play equipment

For these courses provide a lot of fun and promote children’s creativity.
The Huck courses feature a multitude of different play elements that can be combined and arranged in any way to form a play world.

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DOSB recommends playparc fitness trails

This is what the DOSB announced in Frankfurt on the Main in January 2012. playparc installs fitness trails near and right in the middle of German cities.

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Sound clouds and sound worlds: acoustics and play in open space

You immediately think of a harp and start to pluck the strings. Deep, soft notes and various moods are created – depending on the rhythm in which the notes are created!

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It all depends on the right care and maintenance

Cleated and spiked shoes or the daily wear and tear caused by school sports have a detrimental effect on synthetic surfaces, particularly in schools and stadiums.

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Europlay NV presented its newest creation ...

This type of themed playground equipment is a sample of what the Europlay product range stands for.

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Timberplay help make Kidzworld a must-play attraction for Cornwall

Kidzworld has been an attraction for several years, but has recently undergone a huge redevelopment program to make it twice the size, and used the services of Timberplay to ensure their play facilities are second to none.

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US Americans trust in play equipment manufactured in Geeste/Dalum

The playgrounds, which have been designed by the Darmstadt-based Stadtbauplan architectural office, will be built on a 43 hectare area which is currently being developed by the US Army for residential purposes.

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Only clean playgrounds go down well

Of course, waste bins need to be emptied at regular intervals and the play areas have to be cleaned from waste of any kind.

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Playtop Makes a Splash

Working with landscape company Skælskør Anlægsgartnere and Insemo ApS, the Danish licensee for Playtop wet pour surfacing, the two companies developed a design that consists of sloping hills or ‘goblets’ and water shoots.

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Koenigsbrunn Comet Tail

This exceptional piece of play equipment shows off to its best advantage on suitable colourful shock-absorbing surfacing and blends harmoniously with its surroundings.

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Current Findings in Child Development and the Role That Playgrounds Play

Thomas R. Müller (Playground@Landscape): First of all – I see that the Kompan company is more active again in 2012!

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Motion Plan – Plenary Session 2012: Enjoyment – Learning – Playing – Exercise … in public places

Be part of our series of lectures, take part in the organisation of discussions, make new contacts and keep your finger on the pulse of the times!

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Jens Zumblick joins SIK Holz

Previously, he was head of marketing for Berliner Seilfabrik GmbH & Co.

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Award presented to eibe Produktion + Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG

Now the idea is to be entrenched even more firmly in the regions. Lower Franconia is particularly eco-friendly even today: Currently, about 331 companies with more than 52,000 employees are participating in the Environmental Pact there.

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Co-operation between Angry Birds and Lappset

As agreed with Rovio, Lappset will manufacture and supply play and activity equipment as well as ready-made activity parks inspired by the Angry Birds characters.

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Pieper Holz passes prize money on to children’s project

For the Olsberg-based Pieper Holz wood-processing company it was impossible then to obtain enough wood from forestry offices or the timber trade to cover its own demand.

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Bernhard Felthaus joins Berliner Seilfabrik

. “I’m delighted about this challenging new assignment, particularly because I’ll be able to take advantage of my experience in the exciting area of rope-climbing structures.”

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Risky Play most popular at Cambridgeshire Adventure Playground

Wisbech Adventure Playground was designed and built by play experts Sutcliffe Play, and is one of the 30 adventure playgrounds installed across the country as part of the previous government’s Play Pathfinder scheme.

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Saturnus

The variety of forms is without any limits.
Size: 2,5 x 1,5 m.

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[kop] IJslander launches mobile application

IJslander, supplier of stainless steel products for public spaces, has launched a mobile app.

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60 years of Eibach – from Sauerland to the rest of the world

68-year-old senior director Wilfried Eibach has had an active role in the company for more than 50 years now. He gives a firsthand account of a modern company, steeped in tradition; from the exciting years of its foundation, which weren’t always “light as a spring”, to the company’s own technical competency and motorsport involvement.

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Sutcliffe Play announces new Snug appointment

Ellie Blackburn has recently been appointment Business Development Manager for Snug, the innovative range of loose parts play equipment.

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BASF's acoustic system Abacustica now available from school outfitter Wehrfritz

Thus, Abacustica can now be purchased for kindergartens and schools directly with furniture and toys via the outfitter's catalogs.

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Skye’s Not the Limit

It is located at the entrance to Loch Alsh, opposite the village of Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye.

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An Olympic Sized Play Area

– a site adjacent to the Olympic Village.

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Fitness in the Far East

The Temple of Heaven is a temple site in Beijing, in which the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties prayed for a good harvest every year. The complex lies in the Xuanwu district in the south of the town in the middle of a large park.

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Meet your new personal trainer

Developed in conjunction with Youth Sport Direct, there are eight different
Training Buddies, each designed to help you perfect a specific exercise technique,
such as tricep dips, sit ups and lunges.

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Spiel-Bau design celebrates its 20th anniversary

This idea came to Jürgen Schilling and Jörn Schaefer at a coincidental meeting at Brandenburg in Germany. Jürgen Schilling had the material resources and Jörn Schaefer the trade and product know-how, as he was at that time head of production for the Grünzig Company in Eystrup.

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“Families on the Move: Parents displace role model function"

. For this purpose, the market research institute iconKIDS&YOUTH, on behalf of peb, questioned a total of 716 mothers of children aged from six to twelve years old. The results of the survey clearly show: The knowledge is certainly there – but implementing it is proving difficult!

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Hylands Park Estate creates an Adventure Castle with Timberplay

Developed to complement the historic landscape, Hylands Adventure Castle, has been constructed as a modern day folly, a building located at the northern end of the estate to encourage visitors to explore more of the park. It was designed to delight and enthral young visitors, but also provide more challenging play for teenagers. Chelmsford Borough Council selected Timberplay to create the Castle, confident that they could build a bespoke play feature to complement Hylands historical landscape.

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National campaign saves the playground!

Emma Kane, of Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, launched the Save the Playground campaign last year after government cuts jeopardised funds set aside to create new playgrounds. She told the BBC that the Playbuilder scheme, introduced by the previous government, was a unique example of Big Society; uniting communities to secure funding. She also highlighted the importance of playgrounds in the fight against childhood obesity.

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The “Mobile Garden”: a piece of nature amidst urban spaces

Designed by Cécile Planchais, the “Mobile Garden” is an exceptional combination of geometrical shapes, plants and seating furniture. Its colour and shape can be changed as well as the material and planting; the individual combination provides an object that is truly like no other.

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Seat for kids wins the most prestigious German design award

The company’s managing director, Oliver Runge, devised and designed “Theatrum”, a bow-shaped stainless steel seat for children and young people to chill, lounge or climb.

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The “Mobile Garden”: a piece of nature amidst urban spaces

Designed by Cécile Planchais, the “Mobile Garden” is an exceptional combination of geometrical shapes, plants and seating furniture. Its colour and shape can be changed as well as the material and planting; the individual combination provides an object that is truly like no other.

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New multifunctional seating elements for the city

These two new products are a unique and unparalleled addition to the urban furniture market:
The Sitty seat bollard consists of a stainless steel bollard and a seat made of hardwood.

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Playful gardens at Dobbies

In keeping with its love of nature and planting, Dobbies have adopted a very naturalistic theme to the play areas – using many items from play specialist Timberplay.

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Play structures made by Ziegler add to the charm of the isle of Spiekeroog

Lately, the popular holiday island of Spiekeroog has boasted a very special attraction.
Under a large-scale playground project, the Ziegler Spielplätze von A-Z company designed and built the “Klabauter” (ship’s kobold) play ship, which was modelled on a real Hansa cog with great attention to detail.

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Modulus trampoline – the new and unique trampoline system

Ground-breaking as usual in terms of quality, design and functionality – inspired by the positive experience gained over almost 20 years in the manufacture of trampolines.

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Innovation by Sandmaster GmbH

With more than 25 years of experience in sand cleaning, the company has offered the service of polyurethane surface cleaning since 2009.

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playfit® at the CeBIT: Sports & Health

It was presented by
the statutory health insurance fund BARMER GEK with its “Deutschland bewegt sich!” (“Germany on the move!”) initiative, the Sunday paper BILD am SONNTAG, the public-service TV station ZDF and the Deutsche Sporthilfe foundation.

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Ellipsilon

swinging and climbing on an elliptical play item, which automatically trains and improves your balance.

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New play unit ties in with EYFS review

Minizone, a new modular play structure developed by Sutcliffe Play and Dutch play firm Nijha, is designed to encourage physical and creative play.

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National campaign saves the playground!

Emma Kane, of Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, launched the Save the Playground campaign last year after government cuts jeopardised funds set aside to create new playgrounds. She told the BBC that the Playbuilder scheme, introduced by the previous government, was a unique example of Big Society; uniting communities to secure funding.

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Discover outdoor play resources with Playgarden

Having listened to feedback from existing and potential customers, the buying process has been made easier and simpler, to offer quick and easy access to the full range of outdoor play resources from Playgarden.

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Imagination Playground from Play Direct UK.com

Transforms any unused space into an instant play space!

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The modern surfacing system for multi-purpose sports facilities

Ball games played in a group are great fun for fit, healthy people and involve many different movement patterns, improve strength as well as stamina. However, these competitive, high-speed games involve a risk of injury that is hard to control. To counteract this risk, a number of important aspects have to be considered.
A number of factors must be taken into account with regard to the surfacing: strength, inclination and surface structure.

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Spiekeroog: car-free – but not playground-free

The dream-like island located in Lower Saxony’s Wadden Sea is a real paradise, especially for children.

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For the sake of the environment: play equipment made from recycled

A lot of manufacturers of playground equipment offer a great variety of play equipment made from traditional materials such as wood or metal.

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Daylight colors

In addition to the well-known Moonlight series, all Moonlights are available in 2 x 49 colours, i.e. 49 solid colours and 49 colour shades for Stone Look lights.

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Kompan launches new product line – playground equipment made of Robinia wood

Kompan Rustic is a range of playground equipment made of Robinia wood and has a very natural look and feel. For unlike other tree species, Robinia doesn’t grow straight but has contorted, twisted branches and stem, which give the play equipment a striking and individual appearance.

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For animal lovers: art and play objects for petting

Be it a cat, pigeon, bear, frog, pony or dog: the sculptures made of special concrete with ground granite simply make children want to touch and pet them!

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Omnistadium: Complete and suitable for use in numerous locations

The “Omnistadium” is a multi-purpose sports court, which is suitable for use in numerous locations. Thanks to its modular structure, it fits every space and every budget and thus suits local conditions.

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Employee turnover in the sales management

Mr Roland Störing will take over new tasks in the management of the Krefeld-based CC Gruppe, which also comprises the company conlastic gmbh.

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Fun for the whole family by going on the merry-go-round

The family merry-go-round manufactured by Kinderland Emsland Spielgeräte is not just a merry-go-round for both young and old, but also for both disabled and non-disabled.

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eibe sets the course for the future

The management of eibe Produktion + Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG, Röttingen, granted Benjamin Eichinger, Michael Fritsche and Michael Braun “prokura” (general power of attorney) with effect from 11 February 2011.

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The fitness equipment for playgrounds

Fit through play! …this is the motto of the innovative playground equipment that has recently been launched in Germany and Austria!

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3. Playground symposium

On 24th February 2011, the 3rd Playground Symposium was held. Organised by Spielplatzmobil GmbH, the event took place under the theme: Playgrounds – equipment, planning and entertainment.

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‘Consolidate successful programmes for social coherence – increase urban development in 2012’

Neuss, 10th February 2011
After cuts in the 2011 federal budget, the German Association of Cities has urged the federal government to increase funds for urban development in 2012 to at least the same level as in 2010, supposing a total of 610 million Euros.

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Back to the city: study examines the appeal of urban centres

Numerous German cities are experiencing population growth against the general trend.

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JUST IMAGINE… A NEW WAY TO PLAY!

Just launched worldwide, Playtop Street is an 11 metre by 6 metre oval area consisting of Playtop wet-pour rubber surfacing and 12 satellites. The satellites, which light up and make a series of sounds, are activated when touched by a foot or a hand and are installed with five pre-set activity games.

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Who is Fivestar Grass?

Fivestar Grass is a Dutch manufacturer of top-quality artificial turf for various applications in the living and working environment.

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Plain and simple ........ wood?

“We have realised a playground over the past year in the newly built spa and wellness centre “Lido Locarno” in collaboration with the company "Moro & Moro".

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World Play Day on 28th May 2011: re-discover play areas

Through the World Play Day, the Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk e.V (German Children’s’ Fund) aims to unite with its partners in the ‘Right to Play Alliance’ to raise awareness of the importance of playing for children, whilst encouraging more acceptance for children at play.

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German global market leader – New award for Berliner Seilfabrik

Berliner Seilfabrik is one of the German global market leaders and is entitled to use the “Deutsche Standards” (German Standards) seal as of now!

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All – a bench with many possibilities to train and keep fit

“All” is a bench manufactured by the Italian company euroform w. However, “All” is not just a traditional bench to sit on but it can also be used to do some exercise.

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Life expectancy rises again: Germans live longer than ever

The life expectancy of German citizens has reached the highest level in history.

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Is noise made by children 'better'?

Children can be noisy – no one can doubt this. But is noise made by children in the same category as that of a 40-tonne truck or a pneumatic drill?

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Ride the skies with Playdale’s new products

Playground manufacturer Playdale is launching the latest phase of its dynamic moving products.

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New exercise concept – an alternative to working out at the gym

On an area of only 4 square metres, you can systematically work up to 300 muscle groups with the new 4Fcircle Trimmfit equipment.

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New: Obra mini “Enchanted Forest”

A fantastic play experience for children aged 0 through 3 years: Is there anybody who did not love the fantastic fairy tales about enchanted worlds bustling with witches, fairies and dwarfs when they were kids?

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Exploring possibilities not defining limitations

Melis Stokepark, which is located in the Hague, is the latest location to have Playtop installed by Van Vliet, the Dutch Playtop Licensee.

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Products from Wicksteed Playscapes

In 2010 Wicksteed Playscapes introduced a vast array of innovative new products and here are just a few examples:

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Discover outdoor play resources with Playgarden

Playgarden Design and Resources Ltd have just launched their new website www.playgardens.co.uk to make it much more user-friendly.

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Rainbow Plays Systems unveils its first playhouse

Rainbow Plays Systems has launched a brand new item: the Fiesta Playhouse. This boxed (flat-pack) playhouse is a landmark item, as it is the first time Rainbow introduces a playhouse-style unit to its product line-up.

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New outdoor fitness equipment by playfit®: Duplex back trainer

Adequate physical and mental exercise, positive thinking as well as a healthy, balanced diet help promote and maintain independence, vitality and joie de vivre among the elderly.

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Modern urban design with Euroflex products manufactured by Gummiwerk Kraiburg Relastec GmbH

Walking across the square completely covered in bright red feels like walking on cotton wool. The City Lounge reminds visitors of the sports grounds of their school days, which were covered with a red synthetic rubber flooring.

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Ziegler Spielplätze von A bis Z (“Playgrounds from A to Z”) – stories made of robinia wood

How do children’s dreams take shape? It’s pretty simple – just take some robinia wood, from which the sapwood has been removed, and build a playground made of robinia heartwood, which makes children’s hearts beat faster due to its lovingly designed details.

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Keeping up with the latest trend with Lappset! Axiom playground equipment – the new wave of play!

The Axiom climbing frames give your playground a modern look. The Axiom climbing frames and nets are particularly suitable for urban environments.

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It might get loud …

January 29, 2011 was the occasion of two major birthdays in Berlin.

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“Volcano” in Henningsdorf

After two workshops had been held in the city of Hennigsdorf, namely in a after-school care centre adjoining the primary school and the “Regenbogenschule“ school for disabled children, the “Volcano” turned out to be children’s favourite and most wanted play structure for the existing playground.

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Founding of Federal Association for local children’s lobbies in Berlin

On the 9 December 2010, local children’s lobbies from the whole of Germany founded their own Federal Association (in German: BAG).

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National action plan “For a child-oriented Germany”

Kristina Schröder: “The National Action Plan is pointing the way towards a child-oriented Germany” – Federal Minister of Family Affairs opened the Final Congress for the National Action Plan “For a child-oriented Germany 2005-2010” (in German: NAP).

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From the Ruhr to the Rhine: FIBO will be taking place in Cologne from 2013

FIBO – the largest trade fair in the world for fitness, wellness and healthy – is changing its location from the Ruhr to the Rhine and will be taking place in Cologne from 2013 onwards.

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Location factor: Family-friendly policies counteract a shortage of skilled labour

Local alliances for families are presenting innovative projects for a balance between family and work.

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Cabinet is strengthening children’s rights – Minister Remmel: Children’s noise is the music of the future

The Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia advises:

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Playgrounds in danger

The towns and local authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia will have to tighten their belts even further. Almost a half is involved in budget consolidation plans; i.e. funds are being frozen, no more may be spent. Therefore each Euro has to be stretched even further – children’s playgrounds are also really feeling the pinch.

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Germany needs efficient politics for children!

German Child Protection Federation and UNICEF Germany: Demand for adoption of a Federal Ombudsman for Children.

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Timberplay create brochure to inspire Leisure Market

Renowned play specialist, Timberplay has created a stunning new brochure developed specifically for the Leisure and Tourist market.

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New Planning Document 2010/11 – green roof services and expert knowledge

Clearly structured and easy to find, there are 10 system solutions and 13 products for (almost) all green roof types and applications.

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Design Your Own & Win @ www.matta.co.uk

One of the UK’s leading suppliers of playground safety surfacing, Matta Products has launched an exciting new website to showcase its unique range of superior safety surfaces.

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Parkour – the art of movement

Parkour helps develop both physical and mental abilities as well as agility, build a strong personality, promote well-being and helps children and young people to cope better with life.

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Keeping up with the latest trend with Lappset – Parkour, the new trend sport

Parkour is a brand-new movement, which is becoming increasingly popular in Germany. Founded by Frenchman David Belle, Parkour is about moving through the natural or urban environment as quickly and directly as possible.

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All aboard at Cambridgeshire adventure playground

Sutcliffe Play is putting the finishing touches to Cambridgeshire’s £1 million adventure playground.

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Exploring possibilities, not defining limitations

Melis Stokepark, which is located in the Hague, is the latest location to have Playtop installed by Van Vliet, the Dutch Playtop Licensee.

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Initiative for people aged 50 years and older: “Vital in Deutschland” (“Fit and active in Germany”)

As of now, the Hamburg-based company playfit, a manufacturer of outdoor fitness equipment, will support the “Vital in Deutschland” (vid) initiative by Deutsche Post.

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Kristina Schröder: “Germany is responsible for the rights of children – no ifs, no buts”

Federal Minister for Family Affairs opened the Universal Children’s Day in Berlin on 19 September 2010.

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Discussions with playground volunteers in Cologne

By becoming sponsors, supporters came to learn, in different ways – for example, through the yuppie mobile (or the “little yuppie”) – about the construction of the Cologne play mobile.

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More efficient swinging - by Kathrin Wesely

The urban department, Green Areas, is creating a playground expansion plan for the first time and maintains that some of the 88 places are dispensable.

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7. Osnabruck Convention “Moved Childhood”

The famous Osnabruck convention “Moved Childhood” will take place for the seventh time from 17 – 19 March 2011.

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The Golden Kid – the prize of the German Youth Aid Organisation 2011

Apply now for the Golden Kid award – the prize for child and youth participation

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Successful S•O•R participation in the GaLaBau trade fair

Perfect functionality, combined with maximum safety, superior quality and utmost durability: this was the motto under which S•O•R presented its stainless steel outdoor fitness equipment for young and old at the 2010 GaLaBau trade fair in Nuremberg.

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Too much television leads to pain in children

Back, neck and shoulder pain and headaches are the most common complaints.

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Corocord Domes – a worldwide success

The company Corocord Raumnetz GmbH is very satisfied with the great acceptance that the new Corocord Domes received around the world.

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DRK day-care centre “Zwergenhaus” wins Kompan playground equipment

The children and nursery school teachers at the DRK day-care centre “Zwergenhaus” in Güstrow were overjoyed when they received a call from Kompan: the day-care centre has won the “Workbench” play equipment (MSC5408P).

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Cross-generational meeting place that encourages exercise and social interaction – ActiveParcours at the Mühlkanal

On Monday 11th October 2010 Tilo Eichinger, CEO of eibe Produktion + Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG, and Mayor Martin Umscheid of the City of Röttingen officially opened the ActiveParcours at the Mühlkanal in Röttingen much to the delight of the local people.

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Proven roofing systems in a fresh design

The E. Ziegler Metallbearbeitung AG has released a new brochure featuring the roofing systems BWA bausystem and Ziegler Matrix.

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Moonlight Art Collection Unique

None of the one-of-a-kind Moonlight “Unique“ globe lights resembles the other; each one of them is an individual work of art, magnificent in appearance and offers unusual lighting with an incomparable wealth of nuances.

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The Commission for Observing Children’s Needs

An interview with Eckhard Pols, President of the Children’s Commission in the German Bundestag.

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Design Your Own & Win @ www.matta.co.uk

One of the UK’s leading suppliers of playground safety surfacing, Matta Products has launched an exciting new website to showcase its unique range of superior safety surfaces.

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Super bright and vertical - Groundbreaking innovations at the 2010 GaLaBau trade fair

As usual, visitors from the horticulture and landscape industry coming to Krinner’s stand at the 2010 GaLaBau trade fair in Nuremberg were not to be disappointed as Krinner showcased numerous innovations.

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Soonwald Municipality of Spabrücken wins Kompan playground equipment

This year marks the 40th anniversary of playground equipment manufacturer Kompan. The company took this opportunity to start looking for the oldest piece of Kompan playground equipment still in use in Germany and to replace it with some new playground equipment.

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Comprehensive range of top-quality timber bridges

Pieper Holz has established itself and has become renowned for its bridge constructions even outside of Sauerland.

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Hags goes for the Jeeves ERP system

The Swedish company Hags Aneby AB, one of the largest manufacturers of playground equipment as well as park and street furniture in the world, is switching to the fully scaleable and global complete ERP solution Jeeves Universal.

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playfit present new outdoor fitness equipment at the 2010 GaLaBau in Nuremberg

Adequate physical and mental exercise, positive thinking as well as a healthy, balanced diet help promote and maintain independence, vitality and joie de vivre among the elderly.

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Zentro

With its new design and fantastic play value, this new rotating play equipment is sure to capture children’s attention.

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eibe support “Eight 17-year-old young people raise cash for Ben Parkinson.”

They cycled from Fort George, Inverness in the north of Scotland to Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, in southern England, starting on 26th July and finishing on the 7th of August 2010.

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Botswana school discovers the benefit of Snug

A school in South Africa is discovering the benefits of Snug, Sutcliffe Play’s dynamic playground equipment. Thornhill Primary School, Botswana is the latest school to invest in the revolutionary kit that is proving successful in schools across the world.

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National Play Day

Wicksteed Playscapes was represented at two very different Play Day events this year where their play and sport equipment was put to particularly significant use during a nationwide celebration of children’s outdoor play.

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Healthy exercise – from couch to the great outdoors!

Join us as we celebrate our company anniversary and true to our motto “WE INVITE MANKIND OUTDOORS“, we would like to invite all of you to have a good time outdoors – with our products:

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Obra receives the Golden Vöckla Award

On Monday 6th September 2010, this year’s ”Vöckla Awards“ were presented in the new VArena shopping centre in Vöcklabruck.

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On route to a better school

Prof. Dr. Rita Süssmuth, Executive Committee President of buddY E.V., talks about the future of schools in Germany and the role of the Buddy Project.

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More focus on early childhood education in Germany

The early childhood education state monitor internet portal Ländermonitor Frühkindliche Bildungssysteme 2010 reports widely differing rates of investment by individual Germany states - more and more 1- and 2-year-olds are attending day care centres

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BAT’s Foundation for Future Studies publishes new survey of patterns of recreational behaviour in Germany

Everyday life in difficult times: more leisure time spent at home; TV, family and indolence dominate.

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Author collective: more colour for ‘white areas’

Munich 2009: Brochure published by the ‘Spielraumkommission der LH München’, 56 pages

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Wheelchair-accessible fitness equipment

Awis-Sport, one of the pioneers in the booming outdoor fitness sector, now also offer two models suitable for wheelchair users: At the “Pull Tower” people with impaired mobility can strengthen their shoulder, neck and arm muscles; the ”Tai Ji Palm Massager“ stimulates blood circulation in the hands and arms.

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Slacklining – the trendsetting sports in every park

For about two years now slackliners have been increasingly attracting attention in parks and public green spaces.

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Children discover berries, shrubs and co.

By putting a spherical green piece of children’s play equipment called “Beerenschleuder“ into use on the occasion of the International Biodiversity Day, the “Fränkisches Wunderland” amusement park for the first time supported the “BayernTour Natur” (Bavarian Nature Tour).

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Roof garden in Berlin two times elected “Green Roof of the Year 2010”

The roof garden of the Wiegmann-Klinik has been elected “Green Roof of the Year 2010“ not just once, but twice!

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Trampolines magically attract children

Trampolines have become such an integral part of leisure facilities, it is impossible to imagine an attractive leisure facility without them.

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Sandmaster sand cleaning machines and their varied fields of application

For 25 years now, the Sandmaster company has done business in the field of sand cleaning and has established itself as the market leader.

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Boundless imagination: news from the Seibel creative team

The brand-new swinging seesaws manufactured by the Seibel Spielplatzgeräte company are called ”Domuntel“ and “Don Carlos“.

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Merlin’s Magic Castle

For more than 40 years, the Austrian family-owned business Obra-Design has specialized in high-quality play equipment and park equipment.

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Pieper Holz is the number one choice of TÜV Rheinland

The “Birkenwiese“ kindergarten in Bad Langensalza (Thuringia) celebrated the opening of a new sponsor-funded playground in summer 2009.

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Gummiwerk Kraiburg Relastec designs cross-generation playgrounds all over the world

Playgrounds that cater to senior citizens are furnished with weatherproof equipment made from high-quality materials.

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With a lid made from Playtop

To create the lid, Playtop incorporated the Manchester United crest, along with the words ‘OT100 – 100 years of Old Trafford’, which were intricately produced in Playtop’s Safer Surfacing.

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Birdman of the skies comes to the rescue at Crow Wood

Natural play equipment specialists Timberplay were faced with the giant task of how to install their huge Pyramid Towers at the National Trust’s new Crow Wood Playscape at Lyme Park.

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Dogford Park, Oldham

With a brief to provide exciting and challenging play and exercise facilities for a particularly discerning age group - the 8 to 13 year olds – Wicksteed Playscapes has transformed Oldham’s Dogford Park into something very special.

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Playdale produce "first class" Playbuilder site

Princess Diana Park in Banbury has been given a £150,000 makeover by Playdale
Playgrounds.

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Sutcliffe Play launches Bluetooth Pod Shelter

Sutcliffe Play is launching an innovative teenage Pod Shelter developed following extensive consultation with a local authority and children in secondary schools.

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Hally-Gally Hip- Hop series

New product launch: The rotating and balancing element located below is equipped with a elliptical-shaped base plate made of glass bead-blasted aluminium and combined with various stainless steel play systems.

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More green spaces mean improved quality of life

The city of the future will be green!
In the autumn of 2009, major backing was provided to the green town movement when regional government head Jürgen Büssow ruled that the ‘Die Grüne Stadt’ foundation based in Düsseldorf was to be incorporated under German Civil Law, giving the organisation recognised charitable status.

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Competition for the ‘greenest’ playground

The panel of judges for the ‘Green Playground’ competition met in the premises of the ‘Die Grüne Stadt’ foundation in Düsseldorf on 24 and 25 June 2010

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Unique Park Care in Vienna

By Ronny Wolf, Managing Director IFEP.
The “Parkbetreuung” in Vienna is a leisure time offer for children and teenagers which is unique throughout Europe.

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Woodland playground where seesaw and swings are things of the past

The 2010 State Horticultural Show in Hemer is an attraction for young and old. But it is the various playground facilities that exert a particular spell on the younger visitors.

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A woodland playground with a real ‘kick’

“Look – Learn – Join in”: outdoor recreational activities for young and old are the theme of the Fourth Hessen State Horticultural Show, being held this year in Bad Nauheim.

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“Green Pearl” for the town

A friendly dragon protects Großburgwedel.

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Exercise for everyone in a green landscape

The German town of Waiblingen makes use of a banked up terraced wall system, originally built as a noise protection system, for a generation-spanning exercise programme in the fresh air.

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Kulmbach invests in green spaces and playgrounds

Play is not just for children. Open-air exercise facilities have thus been created in public green spaces throughout Germany that - as ‘multigenerational playgrounds’ - have their attractions for young and old.

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The Importance of Trees

Known for its horticultural attractions Kew’s Royal Botanical Garden has a fresh and exciting addition in its midst in the form of a brand new eibe children’s play area; TreeHouse Towers.

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“De Holle Poarten”, a wilderness in Holland

In developing the designs, the Jürgen Bergmann Creative Wood Design has quite deliberately avoided installing a “playground” but has built it into the existing, extraordinarily exciting “Wilderness” as if it always belonged here.

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On the future of outdoor play

by Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jürgen Milchert, Dean of Studies at the Department of Agricultural Architecture, deputy dean, deputy spokesman for landscape planning courses (University of Osnabrück).

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Euroflex Elastic Pavement Blocks allow for colourful design possibilities outdoors

True to the motto “Germany gets active“, fitness trails, yes even entire fitness streets, are becoming increasingly popular with sports enthusiasts.

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Playfix Indoor: Safety in indoor playgrounds

The seamless safety flooring Playfix Indoor made by BSW GmbH, a manufacturer of sports and leisure floors located in Bad Berleburg/ Germany, was installed on the indoor playground of the newly opened Rathausgalerie shopping centre in Leverkusen.

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Five new Timberplay sites enhance Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham will soon be alive with the delighted screams of children as they enjoy the wealth of new play opportunities provided by five Timberplay playgrounds.

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Snug… Born in the USA

Snug, Sutcliffe Play’s innovative and unique loose parts play equipment has made the journey across the Atlantic to be part of the Chicago Children’s Museum’s (CCM) newest exhibit, Move, which opened February 12 and runs through to May 16, 2010.

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Play-wood symbolises driftwood

It has caught the attention of strollers on the banks of the River Rhine in Bonn, that a large playground has been created next to the Kameha Grand Hotel.

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How children are crazy about museums

Participation as child’s play. In Germany a new generation of museums has originated, where visitors are no longer awestruck by exhibits. Touching is officially welcome – even by the whole family. Afterwards there’s the chance to run riot on the playground.

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Playground Godfather (Part 1)

Some times playgrounds are in bad state. The playground owners (private owners or communities) are, for a variety of reasons, not able to maintain the playgrounds properly.

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Naturally

Creative outdoor play company, Wicksteed Playscapes has welcomed the Government’s cash injection into England’s playgrounds and has already created a number of significant play areas which offer the ideal combination of natural play features and play equipment.

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Cleaner energy and attractive playground roof

abakus solar AG in Gelsenkirchen erects PV Frisbee at European School, Taipei.

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Youth park with fountain in Vienna

With the aim of fostering greater participation, a parkway was developed for children and teenagers with a robust, cost-effective fountain.

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Federal Court of Justice, obligatory supervision:

Children of a “normal-developed” child of 7 and a half shouldn’t supervise their child constantly when he or she is playing. They cannot be held responsible for infringement of obligatory supervision if the child causes damage.
(Federal Court of Justice VI ZR 199/08)

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Step by step children are exploring the world

When it’s time for a particular adventure, and how parents can support their little ones.

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Television – the most popular medium for children

The television is the most important medium for children between six and 13.

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Children don’t spend enough time outdoors

When it comes to motor function activities, children and teenagers today perform clearly worse on average than 30 years ago. Even simple balancing exercises are a challenge for them in sports.

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Noise pollution is no laughing matter

Every sixth child in Germany lives in a street with heavy traffic, according to a survey by the Umweltbundesamt (UBA) (Federal Environmental Agency).

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Children are less fit than before

An alarming development: The average 10-year-old today is clearly less fit than his contemporary 10 years ago. This was shown in a study in England.