Playground and Recreational Blog

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EXPLORING THE MENTAL BENEFITS OF PLAYGROUNDS

The physical benefits of playgrounds are widely recognized, but what about the mental benefits? Regular physical outdoor activity has been associated with better attention span, improved energy, elevated social skills and more. Parents can get children off to a healthy…

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CUSTOM PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT BUILT TO BEST FIT YOUR RECREATIONAL NEEDS

Not all recreational projects are cut and dry. Unique factors such as the condition of existing equipment, location and age appropriateness greatly impact the scope of any project. Fortunately, playground consulting services with licensed industry professionals can help you choose…

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BENEFITS OF HAVING A PLAYGROUND IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Parks and community playgrounds are vital to community togetherness, physical health and social well-being. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) highlights the benefits of well-planned parks, including the health, economic, environmental and social benefits. According to an analysis of…

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PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT ENCOURAGES UNSTRUCTURED, ACTIVE PLAY

Children develop spatial awareness and gross motor skills through the cause and effect experiences of active play. Major milestones take place on playground equipment including the early development of Balancing skills Motor skills Muscle strength and Coordination     North…

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WHY YOU NEED TO GET YOUR PLAYGROUND INSPECTED POST HURRICANE

Hurricane Michael crashed into the Florida panhandle packing winds of 155 mph and leaving a path of destruction in its wake. It was the largest storm ever recorded to hit the Florida panhandle. The hurricane made landfall as a category…

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KEEPING THE PLAYGROUND COOL WITH CUSTOM SHADE STRUCTURES

A recent study assessing temperatures on playground equipment performed by Texas Tech Climate Science Center & Arizona State University determined shade structures greatly increase the safety and comfort of the playground equipment as well as the natural and artificial surfaces…

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NRPA CONFERENCE: INCREASING ACCESS TO COMMUNITY RECREATION & PARKS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day and yet research shows a significant drop in the time children are playing outside. Nearly 70 percent of U.S. children…

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT SURFACING FOR YOUR PLAYGROUND

Shock absorbing protective surfacing around and under the playground has been shown to greatly reduce the likelihood of head injuries to children. ASTM playground surfacing standard testing reveals a significantly smaller amount of head injuries occur when protective, shock-absorbing surfacing…

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TIPS TO BEST COMPLY WITH CPSC & ASTM PLAYGROUND SAFETY REGULATIONS

Did you know over 200,000 children visit the hospital each year with playground related injuries? In an effort to greatly reduce this number, both Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and ASTM International playground safety regulations have been put in place….