Sasaki's Kate Tooke published a deep dive into a post-occupancy study she conducted at Smale Riverfront Park. The article originally appeared in the National Recreation and Parks Association's (NRPA) magazine, Parks and Recreation
Sasaki Associate Kate Tooke was recently quoted in “State of Play: How Architects and Designers are Rethinking America’s Playgrounds” in Curbed.
The article profiles the upcoming Extraordinary Playscapes exhibit, curated by Design Museum Boston (DMB), which opens June 8 at the Boston Society of Architects’ (BSA) Space. Tooke has served as playscape designer on several of Sasaki’s projects, including Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, which incorporates several innovative playspace typologies into the 32 acre park.
In the article, Tooke expresses concerns for the state of play for today’s children. “Studies show our grandparents roamed around an area of roughly 6 miles when they were growing up,” says Tooke. “For our kids today, that area is often reduced to the front yard or driveway. That’s put a lot of pressure on our neighborhood parks to make up the difference.” As a companion piece to the DMB’s exhibit, the Sasaki Gallery will be hosting an exhibit entitled PLAY, an Exploration of the Future of Playscape Design, opening June 6.