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Park Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old park quotes, park sayings, and park proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The world is a playground, and death is the night     

Rumi

Parks and playgrounds are the soul of a city.     

Marty Rubin

It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities and talents.     

Eric Hoffer

Make your race a playground, not a proving ground.

Lauren Fleshma

A national park is not a playground. It's a sanctuary for nature and for humans who will accept nature on nature's own terms.     

Michael Frome

Behind every great amusement park is a great fan site.

Walt Disney

Preserving parks and open spaces is a winner because it doesn't need to be explained to everyday Americans.     

Frank Luntz

The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

They say a happy childhood is a lousy preparation for life. Kids who spend their playground days fat, ginger or gay know the truth.     

Adam Baker

You never get too old to play.

Going to the playground changes as you grow up, but there's always fun to be had, even if it's just laughing about getting stuck in the baby swing or playing a random game. And like other amusing activities, trips to the playground can usually end up in great photos. The next time you go, see what inspiration you find.

We're not the only ones who think playing is important. There are tons of great quotes on the subject, and many of them just so happy to make perfect Instagram captions. Check them out below.

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For the photo of you playing a game:

"Life is more fun if you play games."

-Roald Dahl, My Uncle Oswald

 

For the photo of everyone having a good time:

"Everyone wants to play. They're just afraid of looking stupid. But you know what's stupid? Not trying."

-Victoria Scott, The Collector

 

For the photo of a pickup game:

"Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose—it teaches you about life."

-Billie Jean King

 

For the photo of a busy playground:

"Life must be lived as play."

-Plato

 

For the photo of you on a swing:

"Even though you're growing up, you should never stop having fun."

-Nina Dobrev

 

For the photo of the oldest kids at the playground (especially if it's you):

"Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing."

-Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

 

For the photo of you and your friends laughing at the playground:

"The true object of all human life is play."

-Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

For the photo of you trying a new game or sport:

"Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game."

-Michael Jordan

 

For the photo of you and a friend high-fiving at the playground:

"Never ever underestimate the importance of having fun."

-Randy Pausch

 

For the photo of you and the new friends you made:

"It's all about having fun and smiling and shaking hands."

-Tone Loc

 

For the photo of you at the bottom of a slide:

"At the end of the day, if I can say I had fun, it was a good day."

-Simone Biles

 

For the photo of you with a friend:

"I learned how not to be alone in the playground."

-Emil Ferris

 

Amusement parks are also great sources of Instagram inspiration. Click HERE to read our captions for your next theme park trip.

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Just hearing the word “playground” probably has you imagining a boisterous group of kids jostling for position to take another go down a sky-high slide. But over the past decade, cities around the world have been reimagining what a playground can be — and who they can best serve. What they’ve found is that these recreation areas aren’t just child’s play.  

While playgrounds for older adults are still a relatively new phenomenon in the U.S., it’s believed that the original concept dates back to 1995, when China opened the first senior-focused outdoor recreation area following the country’s implementation of a national fitness program.

It didn’t take long for the idea to catch on: Japan, Finland, Germany, Austria, England, Scotland, Spain, Canada, and — of course — the U.S. all followed suit.

In Spain in particular, where it’s estimated that 40% of the population will be 65 or older by 2050, adult playgrounds have become a common sight. (Barcelona alone is said to have more than 300 of them.)

Instead of high-flying swings and towering jungle gyms, adult playgrounds are outfitted with low-impact exercise equipment that’s aimed at improving core muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and overall well-being of its users. Much like a gym (minus the monthly membership fees), elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, treadmills, and group classes are common features.

“They focus on promoting balance, flexibility, and range of motion, all of which can help with the functional capabilities of older people and allow them to do more of the things they want to do,” Cedric X. Bryant, president and chief science officer of the American Council on Exercise — a San Diego-based nonprofit that advocates for the importance of physical fitness for all — toldThe Wall Street Journal

At Carbide Park in La Marque, Texas, which opened in 2014, helping aging citizens improve their balance and coordination is the main goal. In order to accomplish that, the city spent $36,000 to install an extensive range of specialized equipment, including fitness steps, a cobweb floor, a wavy balance beam, low chin-up bars, and a stretching board.

“As we get to an aging population — those over 65 — you start looking at some of the major causes for hospitalization,” said Stephen Holmes, Galveston County’s longtime commissioner said of the decision to invest in the wellbeing of the county’s older residents. “Much like you see kids gathering at playgrounds, I’m hoping to see the same thing with seniors here, gathering at playgrounds and creating a social aspect for them.”

While some parks are adults-only, others are multigenerational affairs, allowing a unique opportunity for grandparents to play alongside their grandchildren, but in a way that caters to each age group’s specific needs. The social aspect of these community gathering places is another benefit of these playgrounds, as it gives parkgoers a chance to get out of the house and interact with their neighbors.

“These environments can be highly social,” Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Aging, toldThe Wall Street Journal. “There’s something positive and invigorating about that, especially if the children have moved away or a spouse has passed on.”

Or if you just need a little me time away from home.

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This page links to lists of Fenced Playgrounds and Partially Fenced Playgrounds, organised by location:

It only includes playgrounds that are free to access, and open to the public. We haven’t chosen to include playgrounds provided for customers of cafés or restaurants (unless you can access still them when the cafés or restaurants are closed).

The authors of Kiwi Play Safe haven’t haven’t visited all of the playgrounds on the lists, but in many cases quotes about specific playgrounds have been provided by the parents or caregivers who have nominated them. When the authors have been to the playgrounds, they’ve sometimes included their own comments.

Being on a fenced or partially-fenced playground list doesn’t necessarily mean that a playground is going to provide a great play experience for your children. There isn’t widespread analysis of the quality of the play equipment provided – in most cases, Kiwi playgrounds are excellent!

A few things to note about these playgrounds:

Fenced Playground is one that is fully and securely fenced, as far as we are aware. This means that the playground is surrounded by a fence that can’t be climbed by a typical child under the age of five, and has gates that close securely and can’t typically be opened by young children.

Partially Fenced Playground is typically fenced on two or three sides. In many cases the parents who have nominated these playgrounds believe that they should be fully fenced, and where appropriate we’ve noted the information they’ve provided about the nearby hazards. A typical example of a Partially Fenced Playground is a beach playground that is fenced towards the road, but open towards the beach. These playgrounds can be a good choice if you want a reasonably safe place for your children to play, but might not be suitable if you have determined runners, or if you have any mobility issues that could make it difficult to chase down a young child.

Although Fenced and Partially Fenced Playgrounds might be reasonably expected to provide some degree of safety and security, the authors accept no liability for playgrounds on these lists that do not live up to expectations – but if you do visit one of these playgrounds and discover that the fencing is damaged, inadequate, or significantly different to what our information has suggested, please use the Contact page to give your feedback.

Finally, please remember that parents and caregivers who take their children to any Fenced Playgrounds or Partially Fenced Playgrounds must still provide suitable care and supervision at all times.

If you know of a Fenced Playground or Partially Fenced Playground that hasn’t been mentioned, please use the Contact page to submit the details, or get in touch via Facebook.


 

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Here is a sample of what some leading scholars, writers, and other thinkers have written or said about play.

It is a happy talent to know how to play.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
American writer
1803–1882

Play is our brain's favorite way of learning.

Diane Ackerman
Contemporary American author

Culture arises and unfolds in and as play.

Johan Huizinga
Dutch historian
1872–1945

Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.

Abraham Maslow
American psychologist
1908–1970

The true object of all human life is play.

G. K. Chesterton
British author
1874–1936

Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.

Fred Rogers
American television personality
1928–2003

A child loves his play, not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard.

Benjamin Spock
American pediatrician
1903–1998

Play has been man’s most useful preoccupation.

Frank Caplan
Contemporary American author
1911–1988

To the art of working well a civilized race would add the art of playing well.

George Santayana
American philosopher
1863–1952

People tend to forget that play is serious.

David Hockney
Contemporary British painter

Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.

Kay Redfield Jamison
Contemporary American professor of psychiatry

Do not…keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.

Plato
Greek philosopher
427–347 BC

Surely all God’s people…like to play.

John Muir
American naturalist
1838–1914

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father.

Roger von Oech
Contemporary American creativity guru

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.

Carl Jung
Swiss psychoanalyst
1875–1961

In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behavior. In play it is as though he were a head taller than himself.

Lev Vygotsky
Russian psychologist
1896–1934

Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.

Henri Matisse
French painter
1869–1954

Play is training for the unexpected.

Marc Bekoff
Contemporary American biologist

Creative play is like a spring that bubbles up from deep within a child.

Joan Almon
Contemporary American educator

Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.

O. Fred Donaldson
Contemporary American martial arts master

Human beings need pleasure the way they need vitamins.

Lionel Tiger
Contemporary Canadian anthropologist

When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a superhero.

Fred Rogers
American children’s television host
1928–2003

The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.

Carl Jung
Swiss psychoanalyst
1875–1961

Play is hard to maintain as you get older. You get less playful. You shouldn’t, of course.

Richard Feynman
American physicist
1918–1988

Children have always learned and created places for themselves through play.

Donna R. Barnes
Contemporary American psychologist

There is for many a poverty of play.

D.W. Winnicott
British pediatrician
1896–1971

The very existence of youth is due in part to the necessity for play; the animal does not play because he is young, he has a period of youth because he must play.

Karl Groos
German evolutionary biologist
1861–1946

If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.

Jean Piaget
Swiss philosopher
1896–1980

A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who does not play has lost forever the child who lived in him.

Pablo Neruda
Chilean poet
1904–1973

I believe that those boys who take part in rough, hard play outside of school will not find any need for horse-play in school.

Theodore Roosevelt
American president
1858–1919

It is in playing, and only in playing, that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.

D.W. Winnicott
British pediatrician
1896–1971

Now in myth and ritual the great instinctive forces of civilized life have their origin: law and order, commerce and profit, craft and art, poetry, wisdom and science. All are rooted in the primeval soil of play.

Johan Huizinga
Dutch historian
1872–1945

The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.

Erik H. Erikson
American psychoanalyst
1902–1994

Ritual grew up in sacred play; poetry was born in play and nourished on play; music and dancing were pure play.... We have to conclude, therefore, that civilization is, in its earliest phases, played. It does not come from play...it arises in and as play, and never leaves it.

Johan Huizinga
Dutch historian
1872–1945

We all need empty hours in our lives or we will have no time to create or dream.

Robert Coles
Contemporary American child psychologist

The child amidst his baubles is learning the action of light, motion, gravity, muscular force…

Ralph Waldo Emerson
American writer
1803–1882

So, in all these spheres—in painting, sculpture, drawing, music, singing, dancing, gymnastics, games, sports, writing, and speech—we can carry on to our heart’s content, all through our long lives, complex and specialized forms of exploration and experiment.

Desmond Morris
Contemporary British zoologist

Play, while it cannot change the external realities of children’s lives, can be a vehicle for children to explore and enjoy their differences and similarities and to create, even for a brief time, a more just world where everyone is an equal and valued participant.

Patricia G. Ramsey
Contemporary American educational psychologist

As astronauts and space travelers children puzzle over the future; as dinosaurs and princesses they unearth the past. As weather reporters and restaurant workers they make sense of reality; as monsters and gremlins they make sense of the unreal.

Gretchen Owocki
Contemporary American early childhood educator

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