Fabrics Banners and awnings composed of heavy duty plastic fibre canvas and

Fabrics banners and awnings composed of heavy duty

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Fabrics Banners and awnings, composed of heavy duty, plastic fibre, canvas and other fabrics, are UV resistant, and wind and water resistant. Many countries such as Holland, Denmark and Germany, use canvas canopies, sails and seats extensively in their parks and playgrounds. When designed properly, canvas can be used to advantage to enhance playground environments. Klingstone Surface Sealant This is a soft spray-on sealant for surfacing porous materials. This product has been used on pathways and soft play surfaces to seal materials such as crushed stone. Klingstone is a very effective product for use in playgrounds. Coloured Asphalt Coloured asphalt is an innovation to standard asphalt applications. It provides an opportunity to add colour and texture to paved areas, thereby expanding potential for surface games and graphic additions. Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 78
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Play Components The biggest challenge to designing innovative and meaningful new playgrounds in Manitoba is the false and deeply embedded perception that a playground equals a pre-fabricated play structure, and that the larger and more expensive that it is, the better it is. While the massive play structure is not the total solution to playground design, a great deal of research and expertise has been invested in the creation of mass produced play structure components. Large, well established, reputable companies provide safe and well designed play components such as slides, climbers, decks, bridges, swings, etc. which can be used very effectively as elements in playground design. Used singly, or clustered, within a holistic and diverse playground situation, they can contribute greatly to the quality of play provided. Innovative Play Component Examples The following play components were chosen as innovative examples because they provide creative and new opportunities for imaginative play. Play for All - Australia Play for All is an Australian play equipment company which designs and installs custom made, accessible play equipment for children with special needs for ages 6 months to 8 years. The majority of their play equipment is for outdoor and portable use. Each component is designed to be easily set up, monitored and used by children who have disabilities ranging from total immobility to blindness, deafness or cognitive impairments. The focus of Play for All’s equipment is the sensory experience. Examples of products are: fabric-covered Innovative Play Structures Research Project August, 2001 Page 79
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metal frames and tipis with molded plastic seats, and movable panels which can be attached to suit the needs of specific groups, brightly coloured fabrics, string, elastics, and hangers arranged in a kaleidoscope maze. With this equipment, sensory experience is achieved in a soft non- invasive manner, Components are active and interactive. Some need children to pull them or move them to make a noise or start a chain reaction. Others only need the wind to move them and stimulate them to emit scents (sewn into the fabric).
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