Playgrounds are essential to a child's development. According to a 2009 report published by the national non-profit dedicated to saving play, Kaboom, playing lets kids use their imagination while improving their dexterity, physical strength, emotional strength and cognitive skills.
Fortunately, South Jersey is rich with public playgrounds, from the seemingly cookie-cutter to the one of a kind. Kids will love any chance to play on any of these playgrounds, but it is obvious - by how many times a child requests to return- some stand out among the rest.
According to Kaboom, there are several factors that make a playground great:
- Encourages movement
- Incorporates nature
- Looks interesting
- Overhead elements (monkey bars)
- Balance elements
- Multi-generational elements (shade, seating, picnic area)
- Allows friendly competition
- Cushioning groundcover
The Top 5 list planned became a Top 6 list due to too close average score ranks. A couple of the playgrounds are accessible, allowing children with a variety of abilities- even wheelchair bound- to play together. Many have special themes that encourage make-believe.
Three playgrounds were also added as honorable mentions for special memorable features.
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