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Playground Development Matrix 1. Playground Context Matrix (Analyze Existing Resources & Challenges) WHAT HOW WHAT Item to Consider Means of Developing The Idea Resulting Product Existing Physical Characteristics • It is important to understand your playground site Playground Committee Topography: as it exists. Organize all the potential users of the (hills, flat areas etc) playground into a community playground committee. Water & Drainage: • Local government agencies and their mapping A Base Map for (creeks, pools etc) departments are a good source of base information Analyzing The Site for every site. Call the local map office and obtain Vegetation: a base map of the area complete with as many of the (trees, shrubs, grass etc) existing characteristics listed to the left as possible. Lighting: • Analyzing the physical characteristics of a site can Site Search Day (sunlight, artificial etc) be a fun group project. Organize a site analysis day. Make copies of the base map to distribute to small Climate: groups of site users. Encourage each group to carefully (north, wind, hot, cold etc) walk the site marking missing features, taking note of the positive and negative places in the playground, Existing Play Areas: and taking pictures with disposable cameras. (structure, skate pond etc) • After the search get together and use a large Site Analysis Maps Special Places: base map to compile everyone's observations. Put the Photo Essay of The Site (cool, fun, quiet etc) photographs around the map in corresponding areas. In a group discuss the pros and cons of the existing site. List of Existing Negative Places: Make a list of things that the group likes about the Positive & Negative (scary, unsafe, dirty etc) playground as well as things that need to be changed. Features of The Site Surroundings: • When everyone is together ask them to agree on the Existing Site (streets, noise, traffic etc) location and extend of the features listed to the left. Conditions Map Draw lines and bubbles for these features on the base c/w Annotations Connection & Boundary: map and label them. (paths, trails, walls etc) Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 87
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Playground Development Matrix 1. Playground Context Matrix (Analyze Existing Resources & Challenges) WHAT HOW WHAT Item to Consider Means of Developing The Idea Resulting Product Existing Social & Cultural • Analyzing the social and cultural characteristics of Characteristics the playground will be a way to get to know the neighbours needs and ideas about the playground. Who Uses The • There are several ways to find out who uses the site Comprehensive Playground Now & and how they use it. The committee could organize a User Chart How Do They Use It? survey of the houses around the site, host a community Who meeting for all users and/or map the use of the site for Photo Essay (age, race, local, etc) a few weeks at different times of the day. In all these of Users Using the Site How
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