Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Community Building Tip: Ask Kids

For my current set of tips, I'm using the list "101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City.

37. Ask kids to help design their own playgrounds. Participatory design shouldn’t have an age limit. Involving children in the creative process for local parks and playgrounds not only guarantees the end results will be more engaging to the end user, but also it fosters an early appreciation for design. Firms such as Public Workshop are renowned for working with a much younger set of client when making play spaces a reality.

This is a brilliant idea.  Always ask the users what they want.  Not all of it may be practical, but at least you can usually avoid things that they don't  want, such as sandboxes is a perpetually rainy place.

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