Design Programs

The core idea behind our best practice design programs is to bolster children's development and encourage them to embrace physical activity, and learning throughout their lives. Our innovative design programs and philosophies can enhance your play project, taking it to another level

ME2: 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground

Developed in partnership with Utah State University, Center for Persons with Disabilities, PlayCore offers a comprehensive design program for creating play environments for people of all ages and abilities and creating inclusive communities through play. The program defines 7 principles of inclusive playground design that strive to create a truly inclusive and embracing play experience to meet the developmental needs of the whole child by intentionally providing opportunities for physical, cognitive, communicative, social/emotional, and sensory development.

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NatureGrounds: Designing Play Environments That Integrate Manufactured Play Equipment With The Living Landscape

A growing body of research reveals a strong link between children’s experiences of being outdoors in nature and their psychological well-being and overall development. PlayCore has partnered with the Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, NC State University to develop NatureGrounds Best Practice guidelines to deliberately design nature back into children’s lives to benefit children’s play, physical activity levels, and to create richer play experiences for all users. Visit to access the searchable plant database and learn more.

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Pathways for Play: Infusing Play Into Networks To Encourage Active Lifestyles For Children, Families and Communities

PlayCore has partnered with the Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, NC State University to offer an educational resource designed to help professional and community activists promote playful trails and greenways across our nation. The partnership also included collaborations with Advisory Committee of experts from American Trails. Pathways for Play intentionally integrates play into community pathway networks to provide opportunities for playing along the way and encourage use by children and families. Visit our award winning website,, to learn more about supportive research, explore case examples, and access additional seasonal resources to extend family fun and learning on “My Path”.

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