A Case Study Analysis of the Barefoot Path Spalt as Linear Playscape
Trails and playgrounds in urban, sub-urban, and rural contexts serve many different purposes, but generally cater to either children or caregivers. Linear playscapes, or trails with play equipment, consider all generations but are underutilized and understudied. This study identifies performance indicators for, and benefits of, linear playscapes. Data is collected via a case study of a barefoot path in Spalt, Germany, and its linear playscape character is evaluated via interpretive criticism. The research reveals that linear playscape installations are suitable for a large range of projects due to their design versatility, budgetary flexibility, and spatial efficiency. Trail-side play elements may also encourage family interaction and offer recreational value for children and caregivers. Linear playscapes introduce a versatile, family-centric recreation design option that adds value to new and existing trails. Their linear form manages movement through space, offering unique programming and design opportunities.