CONTENTS:- Preface; Community planning for facilities; The elementary school - A neighbourhood centre; The high school - A community centre; The gymnasium; The service areas; School health facilities; Tennis courts; Golf facilities; Natural Ice skating rinks; Artificial ice skating rinks; Public beaches; Camp sites and buildings; Equipment-Procurement, storage, maintenance; Outdoor physical education facilities; The community centre building; The outdoor swimming pool; Indoor swimming pools; Lighting for sports and recreation facilities; Selecting the proper play surface; Asphalt surfaces for recreation and sports areas; Concrete surfaces for recreation and sports areas; Turf surfaces for play areas.
It is evident from examination of the facilities required for neighbourhood park-playgrounds that the separate facilities to some extent are not unlike those found in the modern elementary and secondary school. The practical suggestion presents itself that planning of neighbourhood and community facilities for any city should include the play areas and facilities that are inevitably provided in the schools. Considerations of economy dictate that the elementary school, wherever it is located, shall become the neighbourhood playground. This development is not the total answer to the neighbourhoood need, however. Useful as the large city school playground areas and facilities may be, they are deficient: first, the ground surface is usually hard pavement; second, their equipment is limited; and third, the great number of elementary school areas in a given city frequently demands that an elementary school must serve more than one neighbourhood. It all elementary schools were administered as neighbourhood park-playgrounds there would still be a need for supplementary areas to provide for neighbourhoods not served by schools. Supplementary areas would also be needed for activities that cannot be conveniently and pleasantly accommodated on the limited school ground.