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Innovative playgrounds with a variety of surface types, naturalized and planted areas, open-ended structures, and moveable equipment attracted 2.5 times more users and generated almost 3 times as much moderate-to-vigorous physical activity as compared to traditional playgrounds according to an observational study of 60 playgrounds in 10 cities in the United States.

Cohen, Deborah A., Meghan Talarowski, Bing Han, Deborah R. Young, Sarah Eng, and Thomas L. McKenzie. 2022. “Playground Design and Physical Activity” American Journal of Preventative Medicine 64, no. 3: 326-333.


Recreational & social value, Health & well-being, Play equipment, Active living, Play

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