Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2018

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76 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 2 4 Texas Playground Encourages App Play Children who play at Ridgemont Park in Orange, Texas can let their imaginations run wild with the help of several connected apps that work with new equipment on the playground. Using a collection of new Biba apps, which are available for free download from the iPhone App Store or Google Play, children and parents can have extra fun sliding, jumping and running as they participate in games and exercise. Similar in idea to the popular Pokémon GO app that was released in the summer of 2016, the Biba apps were created to inspire kids to play outside with their parents, siblings and other children. Each game featured on the app follows a code called the "90/10" rule, which requires that kids must be physically active for at least 90 percent of the game or activity, only paying attention to the screen for 10 percent. Biba works with PlayPower, Inc., parent company of Miracle Recreation, Little Tykes Commercial and others, to collaborate and create these screen-friendly playgrounds. There are already over 2,000 active Biba playgrounds located in North America with more on the way. In an age when it can be difficult to get kids to disconnect from a screen and reconnect with others and the outdoors, playgrounds like the one at Ridgemont Park, along with the Biba apps, offer a compromise that can be fun for both children and adults. The park exemplifies how combining innovative technology with traditional playground settings can create new ways to play and be active. N.Y. Community Receives Lightning-Quick Playground Children in Jamestown, N.Y., now get to play at a brand new playground that was built on August 25 in only 6 hours. Volunteers from the Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department and the community joined the nonprofit KaBOOM!, to transform an empty lot into a state-of-the-art, partially kid-designed playground at Chadakoin Park. In June, children from the surrounding area were given the opportunity to draw their dream playground. This new play space was designed based off their ideas and will provide more than 600 children in Jamestown with a safe place to play. This playground is the second to have been built as part of KaBOOM!'s partnership with the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation's Built to Play initiative. The initiative will award $1,000,000 in grants, ranging from $10,000 to $80,000, to different communities for the purpose of building new playgrounds. For the remainder of this year, the Built to Play initiative plans to build more than 20 new playgrounds that reach thousands of children in western N.Y. and southeastern Michigan. To learn more about KaBOOM!'s involvement in the Built to Play initiative, visit https://tinyurl.com/yag9lln7 .

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