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A summary and rating of different playgrounds around Ventura County, CA (for child development class)

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Playground

  1. 1. PLAYGROUND SAFETY HOW SAFE ARE OUR LOCAL PARKS?
  2. 2. Playground Pointers  When taking your child to a playground, safety should be a #1 priority for parents/teachers. Parents/teachers should be making sure that their child is in a safe environment.  Playgrounds should have signs determining the appropriate age to participate in play (if so, adhere to them!)  Any hazards should be blocked off/fixed  Water, toilets and shade provided  Being aware and observant of children at all times
  3. 3. 1765 Royal Ave. Simi Valley Ca. 93065 (Deyma) ADVANTAGES • It has a sign describing the suggested ages for play participation on equipment. • Playground equipment in great conditions • Equipment made with material to avoid hot to the touch or burns
  4. 4. Disadvantages  You might think that it is always safe to take your children to the nearest playground. But it is always better to double check about the place’s safety.  Demonstrated in the picture below is the blocked entrance to the broken slide as a way to prevent injuries at Simi Valley’s Recreation and Park District. * *slide was only blocked off on one side
  5. 5. RATING: 7.5 out of 10 There are no other hazardous situations within this particular playground, the only concern that we still have is the fact that the water fountains and shade are relatively far for children to be properly hydrated and away from the sun as to say that this playground is entirely safe and well guarded from dehydration. This park seemed to be a safe place for children to have a great time and exercise. But now that we can tell that hazards are everywhere, we can’t be caught off guard at anytime or anyplace.
  6. 6. 950 North Ventu Park Rd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (Janine) ADVANTAGES • open area; lots of room available for the children to play and explore • grass area around the equipment for them to play on when they wanted to run around. • Drinking faucet and shade provided. • It was age appropriate for children older then toddler age. They had a few rocking dinosaurs for the younger children, but again, not for anyone younger then 2. • The equipment looked to be in good shape that was well built. The paint was not chipped. There was one wall missing but it was boarded up tight and nicely with a thick piece of plywood that was not chipped or splintering at the corners.
  7. 7.  DISADVANTAGES • Wood chips; though acceptable but not favorable • Playground not age appropriate for anyone under the age of 2. It is more based on older children. They had a few baby swings but that was about it. The activities they had on the playground was not for younger children. • There was only 1 drinking fountain and limited benches around the playground. • There were not many mind stimulating games. I feel like they should have more "busy wall" activities, such as, tick-tack-toe, or complete the animal. • RATING: 7 out of 10
  8. 8.  Very pleasing and newly made playground.  Had welcoming sign mentioning that this specific playground, was designed for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old with adult supervision. The sign was very clear and a great way to inform parents of the age the playground was designed for.  Had recycled rubber for the playground flooring; safe!  The playground had three very low slides, making the children very comfortable going down them.  It also had little puzzle like games for the children to mess around with, as well as a voice tunnel so that the children can talk to each other from opposite sides of the playground.  The guardrails on this playground seem to be in regulations so that children would prevent head entrapment. The swing area had a few neat looking seat swings, that looked like roller coaster seats.  Safe swings; parents would need to pull over a chest harness and buckle them in. (Angel’s Park) ADVANTAGES
  9. 9. ANGEL’S PARK DISADVANTAGES  There were only two hazards that I seemed to find while observing this playground. One was the playground was very low, making it possible for children to crawl underneath and possibly bump their head.  Awkward set up with little sand area that took up a quarter of the playground.  Underneath the swings there was a hole of missing recycled rubber making it dangerous for a child to fall in.  RATING: 8.5 out of 10
  10. 10. 980 Aranmoor Ave. Thousand Oaks CA (Nicole) ADVANTAGES  It had a tunnel with holes through it so easy access to see through.  Climbing spaces dimensions wide enough to avoid entrapment.  No loose bolts and everything checked out pretty good.
  11. 11. DISADVANTAGES • Plastic rock climbing stimulator, hot to touch and slippery • Park area limited; not enough room for too many kids. • Though woodchips are acceptable, not highly favorable due to splinters • RATING: 9 out of 10
  12. 12. TIERRA REJEDA PARK 11900 Mountain Trail Street (Elba) ADVANTAGES • Equipment were separated and had a clear sign with appropriate ages for play!
  13. 13. ADVANTAGES  No areas allowing head entrapment  Stimulating information  Mostly soft non compacted sand and rubber
  14. 14. DISADVANTAGES Rusty wire and splintering wood
  15. 15. Blocked off areas RATING: 7.5 out of 10
  16. 16. “ "Children are our most valuable resource." Herbert Hoover, 31st U.S. president Let us keep them safe! ”

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