When it comes to raising kids, we’ve all heard the saying, It takes a village.
As parents, our priority is to teach and shape our children into upstanding, functioning members of society. The help of community is vital to providing life experiences and perspectives toward this goal—and besides, why go it alone when you don’t have to?
Keeping this in mind, it is easy to see why it is important for parents to not only surround themselves with a support system, but to surround themselves with quality individuals, who are loving and bring likeminded values to the table.
It’s ok to build your village both inside and outside your family unit.
You’re not always going to find the support you need within your immediate family. Shared experience is one of the things that builds bonds and allows us to see the true nature of someone’s character.
A park can be a vehicle for creating social organization and community. If it doesn’t catalyze something else, it’s not going to be a great contribution to the neighborhood.
--GREGORY D. SQUIRES, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY AND PUBLIC POLICY AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
According to the National Recreation and Park Association, a park can play an integral role in the life of a neighborhood and the lives of the people who live there.
When a park incorporates a combination of trees, grass, open space, benches, and a playground, it becomes more than just another public place. It becomes a spot where friendships are made and bonds are formed.
What can playgrounds offer a community?
A place to make new friends
These spaces give people of all ages an opportunity to connect, where without a common location, they might never run into each other. When communities build playgrounds, they provide a place for new residents to forge relationships with their neighbors. Although moving to a new place may be exciting, it is still unfamiliar. Playgrounds provide a space to meet people and get the lay of the land. Parents can get recommendations for child care and kids can make friends to walk the halls with on their first day at a strange school.
They break down barriers
Playgrounds are meant for fun. Playgrounds don’t know barriers or limits. Anyone with a healthy imagination is welcome to swing on the jungle gym or slide down the slide. This type of environment gives both kids and adults a chance to interact with people they might normally not approach.
There is no greater motivation than the future we leave to our kids. Playgrounds are sometimes an effective meeting space in a place where funds might be limited but where enthusiasm and passion for a better life is abundant. While their kids run and giggle, completely caught up in make believe scenarios, parents can talk, and great ideas may not only be formed, but communities may take action by coming together and volunteering for a cause close to their hearts—their children and their community.
A playground can offer a fresh makeover to a community, not only creating an attractive play area, but also a safe, healthy environment for residents to congregate. Spaces like these promote community pride, and when kept up, the potential to discourage or drive out less desirable activities is there, making room for wellbeing, physical fitness, and fun. As budgets allow, money that might have been previously allocated for crime or drug prevention can be reassigned to further improvements in the community and attract new residents, thus creating more jobs and a stronger economy.
In a space where smiles are decoratively fringe the sandbox and laughter keeps time with the seesaw, a lifetime of memories will be made and stored. These memories may later be unpacked in times of need or shared with future generations—possibly in another community setting.
What will be your legacy?
Kraftsman understands what appeals to different age groups and individuals to ensure that joy and laughter is shared for years to come. The value of what they build extends to every corner of the community, including economic development, interactional diversity, and the creative expression of each visitor. Their experience and expertise ensures the next adventure for the communities they serve.
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