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Creating Playful Places

CATEGORY / Park Equipment, Placemaking, Themed Play

Creating a successful play environment goes beyond just the play structure itself. We try to create special places for people to enjoy, bring happiness and make memories. These spaces have the potential to serve as the catalyst for transforming neighborhoods into communities. To ensure we create quality public spaces that encourage social interaction and physical activity, landscape architects and planners take many aspects into consideration to create a great sense of place. MPI_PlaceMaking

The term sense of place is often used in relation to those characteristics that make a place special or unique, as well as to those that foster a sense of authentic human attachment and belonging. Landscape Architecture/History: John Brinckerhoff Jackson, A Sense of Place, a Sense of Time “A sense of place is something that we ourselves create in the course of time. It is the result of habit or custom…. A sense of place is reinforced by what might be called a sense of recurring events.” 

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Playgrounds to Inspire the Next American Ninja Warrior

CATEGORY / HAGS, Inclusive Play, Miracle Recreation, Net Play, Obstacle Course, Outdoor Fitness, Uncategorized

One of the best measures of the success of a play environment is how long people stay engaged with the space. The greatest factors influencing this are the level of challenge and variety of experiences. Over time children figure out how to use play equipment and the level of challenge decreases and it becomes harder to stay engaged for longer periods of time. When we introduce competition into play the variety of experiences is always changing and stays engaging. Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) is a sport in which a competitor, traveling on foot, must overcome various physical challenges. OCR is a great way to stay fit, have fun, meet new friends and thanks to shows and competitions like American Ninja Warrior, Spartan Race, Warrior Dash and ToughMudder: Obstacle Course Racing can also make you famous. Miracle Playsystems has several product offerings to help make your next playground design unique, challenging, and just maybe help a child become the Next American Ninja Warrior.Warrior Course 1-BUsing standard traditional playground elements like monkey bars, climbing walls, and crawl tubes we can help transform your park or school into an age appropriate obstacle course for all abilities.

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Beresford Park gets a Custom Redesign — 8 years in the making!

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UPDATE: Join us for the Grand Opening of Beresford Park Playground Saturday, July 23, 2016. Beresford Park is located at 2720 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA. Playground opens to the public starting at 12:00pm.mpi_play_hero_layered_PLAY-beresford

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Our Favorite Playgrounds of California for Summer 2016

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Schools out for summer! We can’t believe it’s already here, our favorite time of year! Long summer days, barbeques and community bonding! But there’s always one question parents are found asking themselves – “how do I get my kids outdoors this summer?” The best ways to get your kids to put down their tech gadgets and start moving more is by visiting one of our favorite Northern California playgrounds! 

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Creating Fun for People of All Ages and Abilities

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With tech gadgets and activity trackers gauging our every move, fitness and all inclusive play environments have become the newest craze — and – not just for young people, but for people of all ages and abilities! As society pays more attention to overall physical health, there is a greater need for multigenerational designs that embrace diversity within the community. Play environments are not just for kids; they are for people of all ages and abilities. 

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How to Get A Custom Themed Playground Design on a Budget

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b1In these budget conscience times, we are all paying attention to the bottom line, trying to maximize value for our dollar. Schools, cities and public agencies need to be especially mindful of budgets when spending, especially on capital projects like playgrounds. And yet, everyone wants a playground that inspires, rather than a “cookie cutter” look just like the next playground down the street. Fortunately, Miracle Playsystems works with designers and manufacturers to make custom looking designs on a budget.

At Miracle Playsystems our designers are knowledgeable about market demands. We use affordable stock components in new and creative ways to deliver unique designs that can meet demands within any budget. MPS is partnered with multiple playground equipment manufacturers so that our clients are not only limited to Miracle products, but also are at liberty to choose products that best suits their needs. 

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Be The Nerd – Invention and Innovation In Play

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Inspired by Mark Zuckerberg’s facebook post last month – “encourage them to “be” the nerd in school so they can be the next successful inventor!” We wanted to share some creative approaches to playground design for the nerds in all of us. 

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There is no better time to do a Needs Assessment!

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School Districts may have an amazing opportunity to finally finish those long planned upgrades, should a new bond initiative get passed in next November’s election. If passed, the ballot measure would provide $9 billion in bonding authority to fund new construction. 

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Be Inspired- Modern Adventure Play

CATEGORY / HAGS, Miracle Recreation, Nature Playground, Net Play, Rocks & Ropes, Themed Play, Uncategorized

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Remember when you were a kid and all you needed to have fun was a cardboard box and some markers? Or a tree to climb and a Kingdom to defend? Even though it feels like the times have changed for our kids, especially in the digital world they live in, there still is Adventure in their little lives. I see it when my son picks up a stick and turns it into a sword or a bow and arrow, and out of nowhere fends off an army of zombies or when he pretends to drive a racecar when I am driving him to school. (No I don’t drive that crazy) 

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Be Aware – Designing Play for Special Needs

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Last week a blog in the Huffington Post discussed the stories that we share when it come to autism awareness and our societal lack of awareness. Bonnie Zampino writes “The media shows us all of the feel-good stories, like the child with autism who gets to be the manager of the high school basketball team, or the boy with autism who goes to the prom with the beautiful girl, or the girl with autism who is voted onto the homecoming court. We light it up blue every April and pat ourselves on the back for being so aware. But we aren’t aware. But we can be.”
For Autism Awareness Month we compiled resources for those that are designing play for children with autism and other special needs and now with the start of the school year upon us and six months has past since April we wanted to bring this subject up again so that we are remembering to address special needs throughout the year.

We are committed to educating our designers, customers and landscape architects on how to design fully inclusive play environments for schools and communities. Miracle Recreation has produced a brochure that addresses how to design a play environment that stimulates each of the 7 different senses. It is a nice introduction to designing inclusive playgrounds, but much of it focuses on designing for children with Autism. 

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