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Across the nation, many parks and open spaces remain accessible, providing lifelines to fresh air and relief from stress and cabin fever. Playgrounds, however, have almost universally been shuttered. According to a recent survey by the National Recreation and Parks Association, 91% of playgrounds are closed. These closures—while necessary for public health—have underscored just how important play areas are, for kids especially, but for communities at large as well.

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