Installing a community playground
There are different paths to take when it comes to what type of playground to choose for kids and teenagers in a residential area or neighbourhood.
The traditional approach has usually been to buy some classic play equipment, such as a swing set and a slide, perhaps adding a sandbox. Such a playground is popular with the very youngest children and is also appreciated by their parents. But there is a downside: The kids are getting older fast!
Playgrounds like that are often intensely used for a period, a few years perhaps. But eventually they become neglected. Meanwhile weeds take over in the sandbox. Shabby playgrounds rarely contribute positively to the impression of the neighbourhood, nor to the property value in the area.
Focus on activity for all ages
It is entirely possible to create a playground that works well for toddlers as well as and that is still attractive when they become teenagers older. With such a playground the community gets several benefits:
- Everyone participates in the maintenance: It is not just the parents with the youngest children who are concerned that the playground is in order.
- Social meeting place: The playground facilitates contact across different age groups in the neighbourhood.
- For the benefit of all: The investment and use of space is perceived as fairer when the playground can be used by more people.
The balance park is perfect for residential areas
Rampline is a Norwegian company that has developed activity and play equipment with a focus on the stimulation balance and motor skills and that are fun and exciting at the same time. And when these devices are put together in a balance park, the user can combine them in various ways. They may form a small obstacle course, or the user can challenge herself by jumping from device to device.
The devices have clean designs with basic shapes and friendly materials. They are excellent for the youngest children who with their unlimited imagination quickly find countless ways to play with them. They are also perfect for older children who want to challenge themselves more. Disabled people, teenagers, adults, and even athletes also enjoy the equipment, for recreation or training.
Another benefit of the balance park is the appeal it has among teenage girls, who often will prefer a balance park over e.g a soccer pitch. Research shows that girls choose activities with free and creative movement instead of more competitive activities and sports. Research also states that girls want to be physical active as much as boys do.
All this makes the balance park an attractive choice for communities and neighbourhoods.
Focus on design
A playground does not need to have large, towering appliances to be fun to play on. With Rampline's concept, you get exciting devices of high quality and a low profile, which also look good. A balance park will be an exciting addition to the neighbourhood. It elevates the visual impression, and when more and more people become concerned about property value, most people will prefer such a solution over a low-cost swing set as their nearest neighbour.
Balance parks in communities
Balance parks are in daily use in a number of residential areas, schools and urban spaces. Landscape architects have discovered the balance park's possibilities, both in terms of visual appearance and as a meeting place for all kinds of different people. The devices can withstand intense use and harsh climate conditions.
New housing projects
For property developers, there is a potential in adding value to the area by investing in quality play equipment. A balance park signals an active lifestyle. It looks exciting and arouse curiosity of potential buyers.
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Balance park on roof terraces
When it comes to urban housing projects with roof terraces with access for the residents, the balance park is a smart solution to offer activity. The modest height of the devices and the low anchoring depth allow for the use on almost any roof terrace.