Creating Playful Pathways

PlayTrails combines nature-themed playground equipment with trails and greenways to create a playful trail experience for children and families. Play activities are grouped by theme (i.e. ants, bees, trees or leaves) and installed in pockets of play along a path or trail. As families explore the trail, they encounter play pockets that promote physical activity and fun. Each play pocket includes educational signage with fun facts and activities related to the theme.

There are many ways to build natural playgrounds. Add PlayTrails natural playground equipment to your greenway to create pockets of play.

Dr. Joe Frost Free, spontaneous play and outdoor playscapes, both natural and built, are essential for the fitness, health, and development of children and for their adaptation to their culture, society, and world.
Robin Moore If we are going to solve the problem of sedentary childhood, we have no choice but to refocus intense professional attention on design for outdoor free play in everyday naturalized settings.
Playful Pathways Begin with GameTime
Use PlayTrails to add natural playgrounds to your city greenway with playground components like butterfly climbers and dragonfly seesaws.

Design Your Own Playful Path

PlayTrails can be configured to work with new or existing paths, trails or greenways. Learn more with the Pathways for Play design guide.

PlayTrails natural playground pieces will help attract your community to your parks and greenways.

Attract More Visitors to Paths and Trails

PlayTrails are a public amenity that helps attract families to parks, greenways and other public spaces. 

Bring your community outdoors with natural playground pieces that get kids involved in nature.

Download Activity Guides

Prepare for your PlayTrail adventure. Download PlayTrails Activity Guides for each of the PlayTrails play pockets.

Your city's natural playgrounds could be awarded a National Demonstration Site certification.

Demonstrate Your Leadership

Your PlayTrail may be eligible for National Demonstration Site status through our parent company, PlayCore. Learn more about National Demonstration Sites!

Nature-Themed Play Pockets

Fun, playful activities along the path engage children and families as they explore the trail, encouraging physcial activity and social interaction.

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Informational Signs

Each play pocket includes informational signs that educate, inform and entertain with fun facts about the fauna, flora or habitat represented by the play pocket.

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Trail Accessories

Complete your PlayTrail experience with nature-themed benches, litter receptables, bike racks and more!

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