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A '''playground''' or '''play area''' place with a specific design for [[children]] be able to [[Play (activity)|play]] there. It may be indoors but is typically outdoors, and when it is the latter, it may be occasionally referred to as a '''tot lot''' by some people or in some regions.<ref>http://www.doubletongued.org/index.php/dictionary/tot_lot/</ref>
 
A '''playground''' or '''play area''' place with a specific design for [[children]] be able to [[Play (activity)|play]] there. It may be indoors but is typically outdoors, and when it is the latter, it may be occasionally referred to as a '''tot lot''' by some people or in some regions.<ref>http://www.doubletongued.org/index.php/dictionary/tot_lot/</ref>
   
Modern playgrounds often have recreational equipment such as the see-saw, merry-go-round, swingseat, slide, jungle gym, |sandbox]], [[spring rider, [[monkey bars]], playhouses, and [[mazes]], many of which help children develop physical coordination, [[strength]], and flexibility, as well as providing [[recreation]] and [[enjoyment]]. Common in modern playgrounds are "play structures" that link many different pieces of equipment.
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Modern playgrounds often have recreational equipment such as the [[see-saw]], [[Roundabout (play)|merry-go-round]], [[swing (seat)|swingset]], [[Playground slide|slide]], [[jungle gym]], [[chin-up bar]]s, [[sandpit|sandbox]], [[spring rider]], [[monkey bars]], [[overhead ladder]], [[trapeze]] rings, playhouses, and [[mazes]], many of which help children develop physical coordination, strength, and flexibility, as well as providing [[recreation]] and [[enjoyment]]. Common in modern playgrounds are "play structures" that link many different pieces of equipment.
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Playgrounds often also have facilities for playing informal games of adult [[sport]]s, such as a [[baseball]] diamond, a [[Roller skating|skating]] arena, a [[basketball]] court, or a [[tether ball]].
   
Playgrounds often also have facilities for playing informal games of adult [[sport]]s, such as a [[baseball]] diamond, a skating arena, a [[basketball]] court etc
 
 
"Public" playground equipment refers to equipment intended for use in the play areas of [[park]]s, [[school]]s, child care facilities, institutions, multiple family dwellings, restaurants, resorts, and recreational developments, and other areas of public use.
 
"Public" playground equipment refers to equipment intended for use in the play areas of [[park]]s, [[school]]s, child care facilities, institutions, multiple family dwellings, restaurants, resorts, and recreational developments, and other areas of public use.
   
 
A type of playground called a [[playscape]] is designed to provide a safe environment for play in a natural setting.
 
A type of playground called a [[playscape]] is designed to provide a safe environment for play in a natural setting.
   
Recognizing the need for such, former US President Theodore Roosevelt stated in 1907,
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Recognizing the need for such, former [[President]] [[Theodore Roosevelt]] stated in 1907,
   
 
:''City streets are unsatisfactory playgrounds for children because of the danger, because most good games are against the law, because they are too hot in summer, and because in crowded sections of the city they are apt to be schools of crime. Neither do small back yards nor ornamental grass plots meet the needs of any but the very small children. Older children who would play vigorous games must have places especially set aside for them; and, since play is a fundamental need, playgrounds should be provided for every child as much as schools. This means that they must be distributed over the cities in such a way as to be within walking distance of every boy and girl, as most children can not afford to pay carfare''.<ref>To Cuno H. Rudolph, Washington Playground Association, February 16, 1907. Presidential Addresses and State Papers VI, 1163.</ref>
 
:''City streets are unsatisfactory playgrounds for children because of the danger, because most good games are against the law, because they are too hot in summer, and because in crowded sections of the city they are apt to be schools of crime. Neither do small back yards nor ornamental grass plots meet the needs of any but the very small children. Older children who would play vigorous games must have places especially set aside for them; and, since play is a fundamental need, playgrounds should be provided for every child as much as schools. This means that they must be distributed over the cities in such a way as to be within walking distance of every boy and girl, as most children can not afford to pay carfare''.<ref>To Cuno H. Rudolph, Washington Playground Association, February 16, 1907. Presidential Addresses and State Papers VI, 1163.</ref>

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