From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about an area for play. For other uses, see Playground (disambiguation). "Adventure Playground" redirects here. For the urban park in Berkeley, California, see Adventure Playground (Berkeley). For the album by John Surman, see Adventure Playground (album). A modern-day playground Combination playground structure for small children; slides, climbers (stairs in this case), playhouse
A playground, playpark, or play area is a place specifically designed to enable children to play there. It is typically outdoors. While a playground is usually designed for children, some target other age groups. Berlin's Preu?enpark for example is designed for people aged 70 or higher. A playground might exclude children below a certain age.
Modern playgrounds often have recreational equipment such as the seesaw, merry-go-round, swingset, slide, jungle gym, chin-up bars, sandbox, spring rider, trapeze rings, playhouses, and mazes, many of which help children develop physical coordination, strength, and flexibility, as well as providing recreation and enjoyment and supporting social and emotional development. Common in modern playgrounds are play structures that link many different pieces of equipment.
Public playground equipment refers to equipment intended for use in the play areas of parks, schools, childcare facilities, institutions, multiple family dwellings, restaurants, resorts, and recreational developments, and other areas of public use.
In some parts of the United States, the term tot lot may be used.
A type of playground called a playscape is designed to provide a safe environment for play in a natural setting.