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"Our guests highlight some of the best practices in the world of play and public spaces."

A PLACE TO GO – PODCAST 

 

A Place to Go is a podcast series that highlights stories about the best practices in public spaces and playgrounds all across Canada. Enjoy audio on the move as we offer a wide range of short episodes to keep you informed about trends in the parks & rec industry.  

 


COMMUNITY BUILD PLAYGROUNDS

When funding for your playground is limited or if you are looking for a way to get the whole community involved in the building of a new playground, Community Build Playgrounds are the perfect solution.  In this episode, Pat Zelenak from PlayWorks talks about the benefits of community build playgrounds and he gives us tips on how to have a successful completion.

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FROM GLOW-IN-THE-DARK STARS TO PUBLIC SPACES 

Markus Ehring, German designer, engineer and inventor of glow-in-the-dark stars, designs equipment for playgrounds and public spaces for communities around the globe. In this episode, we talk to him about  his observations of the world around him and how they impact his designs. He also shares his thoughts on what to watch for in the future.

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TIPS FOR WRITING YOUR BEST GRANT APPLICATION

When building a new playground, budget often determines the park size and type of equipment. Communities  will often apply for as many playground grants as possible, which makes the chance of winning a grant difficult. This episode speaks with Melinda Noyes, a grant writer who shares her tips on how to secure funding.

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TURNING LANDFILLS INTO RECREATION SPACES 

Nadi Design in Winnipeg was hired by the City of Winnipeg to design a new recreation space on a decommissioned landfill. Listen to CIO Emeka Nnadi talk about the design process and how this beautiful prairie park evolved. Emeka’s experience in landfill reuse, repurposing and redesign around the world made Nadi Design the perfect choice for this project.

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RISKY PLAY & IT’S BENEFITS

Join us as we discuss the importance of bringing back “Risky Play” to build resiliance in children. Well known early childhood experts  and authors, Dr. Beverlie Dietze from Okanagan College and Bora Kim, from Humber College in Toronto discuss the definition of risky play and the many benefits tha come from children pushing their limits.

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CHANGES IN CSA PLAYGROUND STANDARDS

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The sixth edition of CSA Z614, Children’s Playground Equipment and Surfacing, has just been published in March 2020. Greg Howden, Operations Manager, and Jeff Kuby Play Consultant, at RecTec Industries, will explain the new changes that have been made and how these changes will impact future playground designs.

 


SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS 101

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Our Play Consultant, Pat Zelenak is the GRANDDADDY of school playgrounds! In his 30 years in the industry, he has probably built over 500 school playgrounds. Susan Crawford also has 30 years experience building school playgrounds. Listen as Pat & Susan Crawford talk about the do’s and don’t’s of building a playground. Pat & Susan will touch on inclusive, accessible and usable playgrounds, child development and the ever-important risky play.

 


COVID-19: PREPARING THE PLAYGROUND FOR WHEN CHILDREN ARE ALLOWED TO RETURN

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COVID-19 is changing the way we work and play. When the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Health Authorities of BC and Alberta, give the go ahead for children to return to playgrounds, you want to be ready. Following the guidelines set out, we will discuss strategies and best practices from around the globe for re-opening your playground.

 


KEEPING KIDS IN THE PLAYGROUND LONGER WITH SHADE & SEATING

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Do you know why most children don’t play at the park for longer than 20 minutes? It’s not because they are bored, but because their parents are bored!  If we want children to spend more time outside, then we need to provide comfortable seating for the parents, as well as, structures to protect them from the sun, rain and other elements.