203 – Listen, Learn, and Adapt: The Playground of the Future
Michael Klitzing, Director of Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation; Gregg Calpino, Principal, Landscape Architect, SmithGroup; Nicole Maskooki, Landscape Architect, Smithgroup
With the advent of COVID-19, we’ve observed closed playgrounds in cities and towns across the country. How have the events of 2020 challenged and changed the concept of play? Where do we go from here? How do our playgrounds adapt and provide safe yet fun strategies for play in the future? Join us to learn how a wholistic design approach, driven by equitable community engagement and the play needs of children can lead to innovative solutions contributing to the positive health & wellness needs of a community. This interactive session will provide the opportunity to brainstorm new ways for alternative play concepts to be introduced and implemented in your community.
Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to:
- Learn how to engage multi-generational community members about the future of play when designing a new playground or adapting a current setting.
- Gain ideas for adaptation of current playgrounds and design the next generation of play for social distancing and health and safety.