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Playground@Landscape

YOUR FORUM FOR PLAY, SPORTS UND LEISURE AREAS

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Article form issue 2014 - 4

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Playground Report

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.

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Coverstory

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

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

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Planning, Designing, Building

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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Planning, Designing, Building

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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Sport & Leisure Facilities

Risk management for outdoor sports facilities

To date, for outdoor sports facilities no comprehensive inspections have been carried out with regard to user safety. Accordingly, in the case of accidents caused by, for example, falling goal posts, floodlight masts or faulty ball nets, compensation can be claimed according to German legislation § 823 BGB. Based on this, the Science to Business GmbH company of the University of Applied Sciences Osnabruck in cooperation with the Intergreen AG have developed a safety management concept which is state of the art and supports management and operators of outdoor sports facilities.

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Sport & Leisure Facilities

Artificial turf surfaces: Environmental compatibility as per DIN 18035

In the past, environmental compatibility of artificial turf surfaces was tested according to the two DIN standards, DIN V 18035-6:2004 or DIN V 18035-7:2002. Both standards were withdrawn following a directive from the European commission which applied in particular to the highly contested DIN SPEC 18035-7:2011. The sole valid standard applying to artificial turf surfaces is EN 15330-1:2013.