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How Playgrounds Improve the Community


How Playgrounds Improve the Community
Playgrounds improve the overall mental and physical health of young people through activity and social interaction. These outlets for physical activity allow kids to release energy as well as develop motor and muscle skills through exercise disguised as play. Playgrounds are a classroom for social skills development and character education. Youngsters learn to make new friends, share, take turns, and enjoy activities with other children from all walks of life.
The immeasurable benefits of healthy, well-rounded young people to a community are obvious. Playgrounds also improve the physical landscape of a community through providing manicured well maintained spaces for community members to come together and enjoy the outdoors. Decatur Parks and Recreation’s numerous parks offer playground equipment that blend seamlessly with the surrounding natural environment while providing a safe and engaging means for enjoying nature. Playgrounds make great places for picnics or outings with family and friends. They can also serve as a FREE and convenient outdoor activity for afterschool or any free-time.
Playgrounds also provide a means for social interaction for adults. Playgrounds offer an opportunity to meet other families for play-dates as well as provide a perfect place for meeting new people who bring their children to the park. Playgrounds are the perfect stop for stay at home parents to find a cheap and beneficial way to get out of the house. They offer benefits for people of all ages to interact with their children and those whom they love thus improving everyone’s overall quality of life.     
Wilson Morgan Park located off of Beltline Road in Decatur offers a unique playground with lighted structures called Adventure Park as well as a adjacent sand playground with traditional play equipment. It is open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
A.C. Banks Park located at 705 B McCartney St., NW has two 20 X 40 pavilions with concrete tables and benches, restroom building, two playground areas, water fountain and a youth practice field with backstop in the north corner near Lafayette Street.
Delano Park at 825 Gordon Drive offers Riverwild which connects a splash-pad, playground and rose garden to accommodate children and adults of all abilities. The splash-pad will close for the season on Labor Day so be sure to visit soon! The Riverwild playground is open year-round and offers ramp access and rubberized surfaces for easy access for walkers and wheelchairs alike. The playground has stainless steel slides for use by those with cochlear implants who may not be able to use the plastic ones due to static. It also offers a toddler section with equipment that is safe for younger children.  Delano also offers “playgrounds” for adults with a set of volleyball and badminton standards along with an asphalt court with 4 basketball goals.
Jack Allen Recreation Complex Playground at 2616 Modaus Rd, SW has been  open since 2011. It offers all the glitz and glam of new playgrounds and provides fun for an array of young ages. It features an 8-foot walcano vertical wall climber, 3 mini-pod toad stool, rockscape, web walk attachment and multiple slides.
Decatur Parks and Recreation offers numerous other parks with various amenities. Check out the various locations and parks at www.decaturparks.com.
Fred Pelle
Wilson Morgan Park


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