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Are playgrounds too safe? And too boring? New report says yes

A report from the University of British Colombia says kids are bored with playgrounds. They fail to stimulate and aren't exciting places to play but they could be. Professor Susan Herrington, of UBC's school of architecture and landscape architecture explains why.

The project surveyed close to 600 adults over 19 years of age

Are playgrounds too safe to challenge kids and awake their sense of discovery? A new survey by the University of British Colombia's Susan Herrington says playgrounds are too safe and too boring. 6:09

A report from the University of British Colombia says kids are bored with playgrounds. Modern playgrounds fail to stimulate and aren't exciting places to play — but they could be. Professor Susan Herrington, of UBC's school of architecture and landscape architecture explains why. Listen to her interview on this page.

The project surveyed close to 600 adults over 19 years of age on their opinions of typical playgrounds found today.

She spoke with CBC Hamilton's Conrad Collaco about what's wrong with modern playgrounds and how we can make them better.

You can read more about her study: Are playgrounds engineered for safety doing more harm than good?

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