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Designers Top Choices to Help Create Extraordinary Places

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When deciding on play equipment to add to your park design do you ever think “Outside the Playbox”?  It’s sometimes easy to forget creating a play space can mean so much more than just installing a play structure.  Miracle Playsystems offers many choices for creating an extraordinary environment, everything from surfacing, to exercise equipment, to music and shade shelters.  We are your one stop shop for creating a really unique space that everyone can enjoy!  We asked our talented in-house designers to think “Outside the Playbox” for a moment and show you ways to add elements to your space for everyone to enjoy.  They came up with this diagram below to help point out areas that are often overlooked when designing a playspace. 

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Playgrounds aren’t just for kids anymore!

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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing” ~ George Bernard Shaw

Older Americans month is celebrated every May.  This years theme is, Engage at Every Age.  This theme emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities.

There is a growing trend in designing “Multi-generational”, ” Inter-generational” or “Senior” Playgrounds for our aging population.  These playgrounds originated in China in 1995 and started popping up in the 2000’s in other countries including Japan, England, Finland, Germany, Canada and Spain.  The idea is now catching on in the United States and you can already find a few of these playgrounds in major cities like New York, San Antonio and Miami.  Until recently, most senior playgrounds have been built within gated senior communities or associated with senior centers.  There is a movement to expand senior playgrounds into community parks.  With our “baby boomer” generation coming into their silver years, there is definitely more need and desire for these types of playgrounds all across the United States. As more seniors hear about and try senior playgrounds, hopefully more organizations and Parks departments will take notice and the playgrounds will become more widespread. Today’s seniors are looking to stay active and independent as long as possible. Senior playgrounds can be another way to make exercise more fun, more accessible and more effective for more seniors. 

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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

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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

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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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