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playgrounds, outdoor play, backyard activities, playground design trends, playground safety


This short article on family living appeared in Broome County Living magazine, published by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, New York, and is part of a collection of such articles available on the Open Repository at Binghamton University. The 3-part article (1) describes backyard play equipment and play ideas, stressing fun, safety, and variety along with attention to the needs of both children and parents; (2) identifies trends in the design of public playgrounds over the years; and (3) presents social and other issues related to private play vs. community playgrounds. Information about liability that might be incurred by families related to backyard play equipment is included.