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This is Landscape Architecture

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It’s Springtime!  Everything is fresh and new, plants are blossoming and birds are chirping.  When we think of springtime we automatically think of getting outdoors.  The earth is a wondrous place during the springtime.  In order to preserve the wonders of the Earth we celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd which is the “largest civic-focused day of action in the world”~Earthday.org.  We are reminded of things we can do to help make sure our planet is as healthy as it can be by preventing extra pollution or waste.  While many of us know April is Earth Month, did you know April is also World Landscape Architecture month? 

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Autism Awareness In Our Playgrounds

CATEGORY / Inclusive Play, Uncategorized

Autism awareness month aims to bring awareness to the challenges that people with Autism face every day as well as promoting acceptance and drawing attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.  It is a chance for everyone to see how we can help promote inclusion for all and make sure each person diagnosed with Autism has the opportunity to have the highest possible quality of life.

This month Miracle Playsystems would like to highlight ways to design for the needs of children with Autism and their families so they can have a truly inclusive place to play and feel accepted.  Many playgrounds have challenges that make autistic children feel left out, afraid, overwhelmed and worried.  We here at Miracle Playsystems would like to challenge everyone who has a hand in developing play-spaces to make sure “All Inclusive” is a standard, not an after thought.  Playground designers have the chance to help these families have a place to feel welcome, safe and included.  We would like to highlight resources for designers that highlight ways to design for the needs of these children. 

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March is Music in our Schools Month

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March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for the observance of Music in Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®).  During the entire month of March, music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.

In honor of Music in Our Schools month we are highlighting key outdoor music products for schools and sharing the stories behind some inspiring outdoor music classrooms. We offer a diverse group of outdoor musical instruments which make perfect additions to an abundance of settings. 

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10 Best Playgrounds in California

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Each year Miracle Playsystems brings communities together to build their dream playground. Visiting one of California’s finest play areas will provide children with an unforgettable outdoor experience this year. Not sure where to go? We’ve put together a list of our favorite play areas. 

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ASLA-NCC 2017 SF Giants Night – July 25, 2017

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Miracle Playsystems is a proud sponsor of the ASLA Northern California Chapter 2017 Giants Night.

Whether you love baseball or are just looking for a fun outing with your family, friends, and landscape architect colleagues, ASLA-NCC’s Giants Night is the perfect occasion and a great deal! Your ticket includes a pregame celebration at AT&T Park, with classic ballpark food and drinks at Anchor Plaza, which is reserved just for our group and overlooks the field, the city and the bay. The night is ours, with a block of seats all in Section 325, making it easy to socialize and cheer on the team. 

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Miracle Playsystems – CPRS Conference and Expo 2017 Booth 523

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Art of Play

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This time of year we like to share our thoughts about those things we are thankful for. As playground designers we are thankful for the inspiration we can draw from art, nature, exploration and playful design. As a thank you to our customers we have compiled our favorite images and articles we find inspiring and how they can be translated to influence the world of play.
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Street Art/Murals – In a three-part series, artnet News aims to find the best and brightest street artists working today, from known entities to emerging artists flying under the radar. James Goldcrown, Lovewall inspired design solution – The playful hearts and layering of colors can be expressed in playground design using the curved forms of these custom talk tubes from Sonic Architecture. 

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Play in School Starts with Initiative

CATEGORY / Playground Equipment, School Playgrounds, Uncategorized

It’s that time again…get out the Vote. On November 8th millions of Americans will go to the polls and not only choose the next President of the United States but arguably more importantly vote for local measures and parcel taxes to boost funding for local initiatives.

  

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Creating Playful Places

CATEGORY / Park Equipment, Placemaking, Themed Play

Creating a successful play environment goes beyond just the play structure itself. We try to create special places for people to enjoy, bring happiness and make memories. These spaces have the potential to serve as the catalyst for transforming neighborhoods into communities. To ensure we create quality public spaces that encourage social interaction and physical activity, landscape architects and planners take many aspects into consideration to create a great sense of place. MPI_PlaceMaking

The term sense of place is often used in relation to those characteristics that make a place special or unique, as well as to those that foster a sense of authentic human attachment and belonging. Landscape Architecture/History: John Brinckerhoff Jackson, A Sense of Place, a Sense of Time “A sense of place is something that we ourselves create in the course of time. It is the result of habit or custom…. A sense of place is reinforced by what might be called a sense of recurring events.” 

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Playgrounds to Inspire the Next American Ninja Warrior

CATEGORY / HAGS, Inclusive Play, Miracle Recreation, Net Play, Obstacle Course, Outdoor Fitness, Uncategorized

One of the best measures of the success of a play environment is how long people stay engaged with the space. The greatest factors influencing this are the level of challenge and variety of experiences. Over time children figure out how to use play equipment and the level of challenge decreases and it becomes harder to stay engaged for longer periods of time. When we introduce competition into play the variety of experiences is always changing and stays engaging. Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) is a sport in which a competitor, traveling on foot, must overcome various physical challenges. OCR is a great way to stay fit, have fun, meet new friends and thanks to shows and competitions like American Ninja Warrior, Spartan Race, Warrior Dash and ToughMudder: Obstacle Course Racing can also make you famous. Miracle Playsystems has several product offerings to help make your next playground design unique, challenging, and just maybe help a child become the Next American Ninja Warrior.Warrior Course 1-BUsing standard traditional playground elements like monkey bars, climbing walls, and crawl tubes we can help transform your park or school into an age appropriate obstacle course for all abilities.

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