Children’s Right to Participate in Playground Development
A Critical Review
Keywords:children’s participation, landscape architecture, playgrounds, urban design
Child-friendly cities include playgrounds that can promote healthy childhoods. Children have a right to participate in the planning, construction, evaluation and management of playgrounds intended for their use. This critical review examines 14 peer-reviewed studies published from 2004–2020 focusing on children’s participation in playground creation. After a search across several multidisciplinary databases, we evaluated the selected studies using the LEGEND protocol. Themes derived from the reviewed studies included children’s playground preferences and participatory experiences, as well as adult perceptions of youth involvement. Our analysis exposed gaps, inconsistencies and benefits associated with child participation. We offer recommendations for future engagement of children in playground development.