Rethinking Playgrounds in Tucson

Learning to play "differently" was the goal of the new playground in Tucson last week. Manana Elementary School installed a new Peaceful Playground complete with 13 new game markings designed to reduce injuries, get students physically active and reduce bullying.

Colorful lines, letters, numbers and shapes blanket the courts — all used in a variety of games, including bowling, dodge ball and a multi-use circle.

Research shows that the Peaceful Playground program can reduce conflicts, increase motor skills, dramatically reduce injuries and maximize playground efficiency.

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