Urban Placemaking: A Kids Playground Climbing Gym & Ropes Course Dome


Playground Climbing Gyms

“Geodome Climbers help kids develop hand-eye coordination in a fun-filled way.” — Pacific Domes Inc.

With community-based participation at its core, the art of Placemaking can be defined as “creating uplifting public places that connect us to each other and nurture health, happiness and well-being.”  What better place to start than with neighborhood playground parks and gardens, where recreational activities bring families and communities together?

Placemaking for People, Animals and Community Connection

Strengthen your neighborhoods’ ‘sense of place’ with interactive playground dynamics centered around courtyard plazas bounded by living gardens and nature sanctuaries. Young energetic children build muscles, develop critical life skills and gain self-confidence thru playful dynamics that optimize the benefits of exercise.

 kids playground climbing gym
8 ft customized climbing dome and 20 ft. pre-school dome

Health researchers are rediscovering numerous health benefits attributed to outdoor play! A ‘consensus report’ by an international group of experts studying the value of exercise in school-age children states, “Physical activity before, during and after school can boost brain function, cognition and scholastic performance.”

Those same experts agreed that the health benefits extend to the psychological and social realm.  “Exercise will clear their heads, help them make friends, and help them feel more confident around their peers, coaches and other adults.”

For parents raising families in this device-driven digital age, persuading your kids to play and exercise outdoors can be challenging. However, Jungle-gym climbers are a great way for childhood education to begin early by getting toddlers and children into the habit of a daily workout.

kids ropes course domes
High wire fun with full safety harness

Young Kids climbing a ropes course dome at a neighborhood playground. Inviting social interaction, while providing hours of playtime and beneficial exercise, geodome jungle-gyms soon become a favorite hangout for peers to hone their skills.   

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All smiles before crossing the net.

Move over, skateboards, and make room for the ultimate DIY climbing gym. The larger dome climbing gyms can be retrofitted with fancy aerial equipment and adventure gear, such as performance belts, ropes courses and zip lines. 

Geo Climbing Domes (2:02 minutes)

From toddlers to teens, geodome climbing gyms come in a range of scaled heights and sizes designed for all age groups. And, when it comes to safety, the structurally superior geodome climbing gym is a safer alternative to traditional monkey-bars. According to hospital statistics, 20% of playground injuries are linked to monkey-bar-related accidents.

The Revival of Urban Placemaking

Placemaking is concerned with human connections that build healthy, thriving communities. The global Placemaking Movement is sweeping away the old model that ‘common spaces’ belong to no one.

Re-claiming ownership of public spaces by re-designing urban spaces that foster a sense of community, locals are empowering each other to rethink our children’s future. Today’s placemaking represents a comeback to a basic human sense of belonging, thereby strengthening community bonds with renewed vision and sense of purpose.

Transform Space into Place (8:59 minutes)

Pacific Domes Has Your Safety in Mind 

Field-tested to withstand the test of time, Pacific Domes’ commercial-grade dome climbing gyms and ropes course domes exceed the highest industry standards. Formed by inter-connected triangles, dome climbers remain rigid and stable under the challenge of constant use and abuse.

If you’re in the market for playground structures, you’ll be pleased to know that Pacific Domes’ climbing gyms are proudly manufactured in the USA from premium U.S. galvanized steel. Frames are custom color powder-coated, staying cool to the touch in full sun. Covers can be ordered to create an enclosed space and transform the climbing structure into a playhouse or fort.

If you enjoyed our kids playground climbing gym post and want to learn more, be sure to visit Pacific Domes’ Gallery for additional inspiration.