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4 low-cost ways to create safe public spaces where all kids can play

By Renee Umstattd Meyer, Professor of Public Health, Baylor University
J. Aaron Hipp, Associate Professor of Community Health and Sustainability, North Carolina State University
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Outdoor play is critical for child development – it decreases stress, increases communication and social skills, attention and physical activity, and enhances physical development.

During COVID-19, opportunities for children to socially connect, reduce stress and play outside have been desperately needed but also greatly limited. As understanding of COVID-19 expanded, outdoor spaces emerged as an ideal…


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