Parks / Recreation / Play

Learn how to play a critical role in advocating and designing for a variety of parks, recreational facilities, and children’s play environments. Best practices will be shared on critical topics including:

  • Reconnection to nature
  • Health-related concerns
  • Fostering youth
  • Safety consideration
  • Universal design
  • Integration of public art
  • Creative placemaking
  • Sensory play
  • Innovative and artful playgrounds
  • Risk management
  • Nature based play
  • Rails to trails

Upcoming Events

San Diego’s First Public Nature Play Area: How Park and Recreation Made it Happen! - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Mar 7

Children today face two challenges relating to open space and the outdoors: not only are open spaces shrinking, making nature less accessible, but children have lost the freedom to experience nature. Between safety concerns and the increased need to protect natural areas, children are often prohibited from unstructured play in nature.

In efforts to remove these barriers and provide more opportunities for children to access nature, many cities have sought to incorporate nature play areas into parks. Often public agencies and landscape architects are constrained by tight budgets and concerns of liability. Using San Diego’s first public nature exploration area as an example, this presentation will outline how to safely and economically develop innovative nature play sites within public parks. The City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department will share methods used, obstacles faced, and lessons learned in implementing the Morley Field Nature Exploration Area.

Objectives:

  • Become familiar with how to adapt playground safety standards to nature play areas.
  • Understand strategies for site selection for effective and economical nature play sites.
  • Understand the obstacles and potential solutions in implementing a nature play area.
  • Gain insights into understanding and working with your agency or region's available resources to develop a successful nature play area.




Parks / Recreation / Play Store

Outdoor Learning Environments as Opposed to Playgrounds (2016_SAT-A07)

Date: Oct 22, 2016

$185.00

Landscape Architects as Federal Leaders (ARC160915)

Date: Sep 15, 2016

Free

SPOTLIGHT mini-series: The Importance of Good Design: Comparing Play in the UK vs US - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (ARC160824)

Date: Aug 24, 2016

$165.00

Scottsdale Cycle the Arts - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/NON-HSW) (ARC160728)

Date: Jul 28, 2016

$185.00

Engaging Youth in Creative Place Making – 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (ARC160713)

Date: Jul 13, 2016

$165.00

Intentional Design Strategies to Reconnect Children to Nature – 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (ARC160420)

Date: Apr 20, 2016

$160.00

Planting in a Post-wild World: Designing Resilient Plant Communities (MON-C05)

Date: Nov 9, 2015

$185.00

Mayoral Leadership: Engaging Landscape Architects in the Design of Cities (SUN-A01)

Date: Nov 8, 2015

$185.00

Evidence-based Design: Sensory Play Gardens and Children with Developmental Disorders (SUN-A11)

Date: Nov 8, 2015

$185.00

Urban Green Space and Mental Well-being: Evidence-Based Design (FRI-B10)

Date: Nov 6, 2015

$185.00

Landscape, Public Space, and Identity: The Present Future Condition (FRI-D10)

Date: Nov 6, 2015

$185.00

The Design of Europe's Largest New Park: Metropolitan Park, Athens (FRI-A03)

Date: Nov 6, 2015

$185.00

Planning for Play: Designing Innovative and Artful Playgrounds in Central Park to Meet the Standards – 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (ARC151006)

Date: Oct 6, 2015

$165.00

Practical Considerations for Play Activities and Risk Management in Design of Natural Play & Learning Environments – 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (ARC150827)

Date: Aug 27, 2015

$165.00

Designing Urban Nature into Children’s Play and Learning Places - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (ARC150604)

Date: Jun 4, 2015

$165.00

SITES Certified Parks: Lessons Learned - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (42)

Date: Nov 24, 2014

$185.00

The Wilds: Integrating Natural Systems and Outdoor Learning Environments - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (43)

Date: Nov 24, 2014

$185.00

Rails to Trails and Beyond: Former Margins, Future Connections - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (27)

Date: Nov 21, 2014

$185.00

Sustainable Planting Design: A New Model for Large-Scale Urban Parks - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (28)

Date: Nov 21, 2014

$185.00

Risk Management at Nature Play and Learning Areas: A Risk Analysis Approach - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (ARC140917)

Date: Sep 17, 2014

$165.00

Pop Up Adventure Playgrounds: The "How and Why" of Creating Community Based Free Play - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (ARC140408)

Date: Apr 8, 2014

$185.00

Light in the Public Realm - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (24)

Date: Nov 18, 2013

$185.00

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