Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study | Society | The Guardian
Sunday, 2 April 2017
In Chicago and Philadelphia, the Difference a Park Makes - The New York Times
City of Denver focusing on making natural playgrounds
“The most important part of this is we just want kids to connect to nature in a way that I remember when I was a kid, but we know is missing from most of their lives now,” Bienenstock said. “It turns out that playgrounds, where their parents will take them, are one of the few places where they can have this experience.”
...... Emily Patterson, parks for people program manager for the Trust for Public Land, believes the appeal in natural playgrounds is connecting youth to the outdoors in ways that let their imagination take over and open doors to exploring more of the terrain. She noted numerous barriers that prevent some youth from experiencing the outdoors.