9-3 | Safe and Fun Playgrounds: A Handbook

Book Review

Safe and Fun Playgrounds: A Handbook

Heather M. Olsen, Susan D. Hudson, and Donna Thompson
St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press, 2016. Acknowledgments, introduction, references, and index. 176 pp. $29.95 paper. ISBN: 981605544601

by David B. Jones

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Safe and Fun Playgrounds provides an easy-to-understand handbook to create, maintain, and supervise playgrounds. As founders of the National Programs for Playground Safety (NPPS), the authors present four principles of playground safety: supervision, age-appropriate design, proper surfacing, and good equipment maintenance (SAFE). The authors base their writing on eighty years of combined professional experience and exten-sive research. The handbook also includes a supervisory checklist, an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility checklist, routine safety and inspection checklists, and state regulations.