For our spring project we will be studying how we create fun! More specifically we will be studying playgrounds and playscapes. We will be visiting several playgrounds in Southeast Michigan, playing on them for 30 minutes each, and evaluating how fun they are and why.
The class did research on different playgrounds in the area that might be fun to test out. Some of them include playscapes as close as our own SK playground and the one at County Farm park, as well as Timbertown in Chelsea and the giant play structure on Belle Isle.
The class decided that the "control" for our exploration should be nature, or an open field. For that we will go to the Arboretum.
As a class, we came up with a list of things that we look for when we evaluate a playground. We discussed everything from useful utilities to fun features. From that the survey was created. to view the survey click here.
We will be visiting a few Detroit area playground on June 6th all day. Playgrounds will include: Belle Isle Park Playground, Playgrounds on the Riverwalk, and Inglenook Playground in Southfield.
We will do othee playgrounds in the area on June 7th all day. These playgrounds will include: Millpond Park in Saline, Timbertown in Chelsea, and Nichols Arboretum.
When we finish with our exploration, will will attempt to design the most epic playground ever!!!