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Top 3 Predictions for Upcoming Trends in Parks and Recreation

IPR Hawaii looks into the future to bring you growing industry trends

As leading partners in building Hawaii’s community recreation facilities we are continuously researching and studying worldwide discussions and trends in the world of parks and play. Based on this we’ve put together a short list of the top 3 biggest trends we see building momentum in cities throughout the globe. Concepts that we’re excited to support and hope to help grow within our own communities here in the islands. Here’s our top 3 predictions for upcoming trends in parks and recreation:

  1. Everywhere Parks: As urban populations continue to grow throughout the world more and more cities will look to develop parks in spaces not considered suitable in the past. Here in Hawaii we’re already familiar with shortages in space. This trend will continue to grow and force us to get creative in how we use space. Depending on local factors present in each situation you will see recreational spaces popping up underground in abandoned utility or transportation facilities, utilization of rooftop spaces, and as floating homes and cities continue to develop so too will floating parks. Lack of imagination will be the only limiting factor.


    As cities run out of space to expand horizontally, communities will create recreational spaces on rooftops as in this rooftop playground installation at One Ala Moana by IPR Hawaii.

  2. Live Longer: Newsflash, your zip code could be a determining factor in how long you live. There is increasing evidence that people who live in neighborhoods with quality park and recreation systems have a better quality of life and tend to live longer.  You’re going to see more combinations of fitness parks for adults adjacent to children’s playgrounds so parents can exercise and keep an eye on their kids while they play, thus providing health benefits for everyone.  As this information becomes common knowledge and people start insisting on increased accessibility and frequency to parks and playgrounds within their communities, cities and private developers will be inclined to invest more in creating these facilities to attract residents and investment opportunities.


    Communities are investing more in outdoor recreational equipment that can accommodate adults and children like this park in Ewa Beach installed by IPR Hawaii

  3. Conservation & Recreation: Open space is disappearing across the U.S. at a rate of 6,000 acres per day. Along with climate change realities and pollution from outdated industrial practices, there with be an increased appreciation for opportunities to connect with nature and create more sustainable design practices within our citites. Incorporating natural environments in urban settings will help reduce urban temperatures, naturally manage stormwater runoff, and protect clean water reserves.


    The city of Singapore is leading the way in incorporating more sustainable nature elements into its design practices.

    As more and more people understand that the quality of life for their families and communities are interconnected with the level of sustainable practices and creative design of their cities we see an overall trend in the importance placed and the investments spent on opportunities that bridge our need for parks, sports & play with the development of our urban living environments . We encourage you to reach out and partner with us to continue the conversation on best practices for creating more recreation in your community!