CEU Event – Trends in Play Space Design

Please join us to earn CEUs, expand your knowledge base and learn practical information to provide solutions for your community.

DATE: Thursday, June 20th—Come to either session
TIME:  Session I: 9 to 10:30 a.m.  OR  Session II: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Lunch and networking provided: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m

Newport Coast Community Center
Newport Coast/Willinger Room
6401 San Joaquin Hills Rd.
Newport Beach, CA 92657

Please RSVP by Thurs., June 13th to Leslie Ashley at 714-619-0100 or lashley@coastrecreation.net

. 2 credit hours available through IACET.

1.5 credit hours available through LA CES

Trends in Play Space Design

“Boring playgrounds are just as likely to be abused as ignored.” “You can lead kids to a playground, but you can’t make them play.” “I like to play indoors, because that is where all the electrical outlets are.” Likely you have heard this all before…

Sure, some will make a mad dash for the monkey bars and work up a sweat in five minutes. Others will start a spontaneous game of tag, darting in and out of play structures to avoid the pursuer. But there will always be kids who avoid playground equipment altogether because it either bores or intimidates them.

Parks today face the challenge of providing environments that will attract children and families to engage, play and stay.  And to compete with indoor, more sedentary activities. In this session, we will examine playground trends that create kid magnets, that facilitate multi-generational interaction, or signature play environments that tell a community story and return economic impact.

In this session, we will examine playground trends that create kid magnets; that facilitate multi-generational interaction, support physical activity or creative place-making environments that tell a community story and return economic impact to their communities. This session provides participants an understanding of the key components influencing the needs and desires of designers, planners and users in creating innovative play environments.  Participants will be able to utilize this knowledge to vision, plan and budget for implementing successful playground environments that best serve their communities well into the future.

What role does good design play in society? How do you know it when you see it?
What goes into creating it? Is excellence ever easy?

Through these questions and examples from around the world, we will examine global trends and their impacts on designing impactful playground environments today. Discussions will also focus on the opportunities for stronger collaboration between playground designers and Landscape Architects.


Tim Barrett, regional sales manager, Landscape Structures

Tim Barrett has worked for Landscape Structures and within the playground industry for close to 23 years and has traveled throughout North America and Asia presenting on key topics that impact the playground industry. Through the 23 years Tim and his wife Monica have raised three active kids and play has always been a great part of parenting and his personal life.

Tim has presented on over 320 occasions in the past 23 years and has been known to be very energetic animated during his presentations with the audience. Passion is the hallmark of what Tim infuses into his seminars and presentations. Stories are relevant and memorable and examples are current and applicable to the subject.

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