layout and equipment of playgrounds

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: s CHAPTER I General Considerations OME of the factors having to do with the laying out and equipping of a playground are as follows: Location In planning the location of a playground the question of the future development of the neighborhood—whether industrial or residential—should be considered. The sections in which there is the most distinct need should be determined and also the locations which can be most easily reached by the greatest number of children who should be served by playgrounds. They should, many feel, be provided within a quarter-mile radius of the homes of the younger children. Children from six to twelve will go as far as half a mile to the playground. Size The size of the playground is usually determined by the amount of land available, the cost, and the number of children to be accommodated. For two hundred and fifty children under ten years of age, half an acre will do, if no more space is available— es is much more desirable, and the usual grounds vary between these two limits. Some people feel that to have three hundred children playing at the same time on one acre, allowing one hundred forty square feet per child—a space about twelve feet square—represents a point of saturation. Many communities attempt to secure numerous grounds for little children—that is, one in each neighborhood, sometimes in connection with schools. For children over ten years of age the grounds need not be so numerous, but must be larger. From two to four acres is the minimum, especially if baseball is to be played, and ten to twenty-acre grounds, such as are found in the park systems of Chicago are most desirable. Fencing of Grounds / Fencing, in the majority of cases, ie felt to be a necessity. ' It limits liability for accidents since under the... --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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