New playground equipment recently installed at Reinhart Volunteer Park is designed to promote connective play for children and parents. Donated to the city by Playcraft Systems (formerly Krauss Craft), the new equipment includes a Hex Net Hub, large shade sail covering, 72” slide component, and a Playshare swing.
“We are excited to add these features to Reinhart Volunteer Park, and as soon as the construction fencing went down, the kids clamored to get on them,” said Wendy Giordano, superintendent of Parks and Property Management.
The Hex Net Hub is a structure composed of metal posts and ropes designed to create a three-dimensional spatial net structure that is aimed at more engaging and physically challenging play than older, more traditional playground equipment.
“The complexity of net structures offers children endless options to climb through the ropes. Rope is flexible, and enables a child to connect with the equipment, as every action is followed by a reaction,” Giordano said.
The Playshare swing is made from roto-molded, high density polyethylene. The design allows adults to sit in the swing with their child, facing each other, to provide an opportunity for interactive bonding experiences.
“This swing provides attunement play, which is when people make a connection through the act of play. For instance, a mother and child exchanging smiles or communicating – making a meaningful connection on a deep level without words,” said Giordano.