NYC PARKS STUDY OF PLAY FEATURES AND VALUE
New York, NY
Our team partnered with NYC Parks to determine which aspects of the NYC Parks playground program design delivered the most value in terms of inspiring and enhancing park usership and play (play value), creating inclusive spaces, serving all ages, abilities, and genders (social value), and whole lifecycle costs (installation, maintenance/durability).
23 playgrounds were selected for the study based on equal distribution in all 5 boroughs, design uniqueness, and variety in surfaces, site features, and play structures. Data was collected through direct observation. Observations were conducted from July - August 2018 for a total of 6,276 users.
The final report shared children and caregiver preference for playground equipment, site features, and specific design elements.
23 Playgrounds, 6,000 People
Completed Fall 2018