|Everybody Needs a Break!
Responses to a Playgarden Survey
The role of outdoor activity in health and development warrants attention as an important feature of quality
health care environments. This study of visitor perceptions of a playgarden located in a pediatric and
women's health care facility resulted in 52 completed surveys from hospital staff and parents. Most respondents
indicated high levels of agreement to questions related to their general experience. The main reason
stated for visiting the playgarden revolved around the need for "a break." Time spent outdoors was appreciated
relative to specific features, such as the natural environment, play equipment, furniture, and the
atmosphere of the outdoors. Access to outdoor spaces and play are important features of the principle of
normalization and also serve as an avenue for the promotion of healthy lifestyles.