Play and Playground News Center offers exclusive content written by prominent leaders in the industry as regular monthly columnists as well as other contributors who submit their news and views. The Play and Playground News Center also includes sections of recently published news articles on play, playgrounds, projects, products, parks and recreation, people, press releases, health and safety, toys, and fundraising as well as opinion pieces and a calendar of events.

 SoccerWall by Playnetic
Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 6:12pm

Thé SoccerWall! - Dutch design  Dutch people and football, perhaps the best combination there is. Children love to kick the ball, like to be competitiveand above all: want to move.   This unique double sided play SoccerWall is available early 2017  

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2016 - 2:54pm

The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards’ Best New Product Awards annually recognize the best new products or services in the amusement parks and attractions industry. This year, they have acknowledged WhiteWater’s Mat Blaster, a first-of-its-kind slide, in the Waterpark Ride/Attractions category, as well as, Smart Blast, the latest in energy-saving technology...

Flower Landscaping
Posted: Monday, November 21, 2016 - 1:28pm

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. – Nov. 18, 2016 – Park West Companies, a leading provider of landscape construction, landscape management and tree care services, has been awarded the landscape management services for the AAA four-diamond Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa boutique resort in La Jolla, Calif.

by: The Strong
Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 1:37pm

One toy takes its riders to new heights, and the other two let the imagination soar. The simple, ancient swing; game-changing Dungeons & Dragons; and the colorful, creative Fisher-Price Little People today became the latest inductees to The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame. The honorees were selected from a field of 12 finalists that also...

Safe Routes To Parks
Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 5:16pm

Ashburn, Va. (Nov. 14, 2016) — Ensuring safe access to public parks is key to improving health outcomes in America, however, not all communities are equipped with the resources needed to provide safe access to parks i.e. investing in new sidewalks and crosswalks with personal safety improvements.

HORIZON KNOLL, Cr8play Play Structures
by: Cre8Play
Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 2:18pm

Cre8Play is excited to announce three new Play Systems to their Product category. The launch of these systems marks the first time the company has offered complete play systems as a ready to order Product. Horizon Knoll, Tree Stump Slide and Oak Landing capture the true essence of Cre8Play with high design and detail in realistic surfacing....

Jami Murdock
Child on play equipment with rungs.
by: Jami Murdock
Posted: Monday, November 7, 2016 - 9:22am

We’ve been talking about the 7 elements of play and how these activities lead to a child’s success in the classroom. Our sixth element is brachiating. What is Brachiating? If you’re like many people, you may not know what brachiating is so let’s start by defining the term. Brachiation is the activity of swinging from one arm to another on...

Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes
by: Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
Posted: Monday, October 31, 2016 - 10:45am

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and Together Counts program have launched this year’s Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes, their biggest incentive program. Anyone can enter the sweepstakes on behalf of a school to win a $30K grant and a brand new playground. New this year, we have added a third grand prize to be awarded to a military...

Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 1:04pm

Today’s highly-technological influenced world, despite being advantageous and helpful to our daily lives, has undoubtedly changed everyone’s lifestyle especially in terms of spending time outdoors. Whereas before, kids used to spend more than 2 hours outside per weekday and around 9 hours on weekends, nowadays, only 1 hour is spent each weekday...

Noah's Park & Playgrounds New Playstructure
by: Cristen Shepherd
Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 12:53pm

EDMOND, OKLAHOMA-  St. Luke’s United Methodist Church chose Edmond-based, Noah’s Park & Playgrounds, to design and install four new indoor and outdoor playground structures for their new Edmond campus building located at 900 N. Sooner Road (west side of I-35 in Edmond, OK.).

Boisere Toy Collection
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2016 - 11:04am

Kids Preferred is proud to introduce the Bioserie collection, an award-winning brand that has raised the bar in what new parents can expect from toy safety. These stylish toys appear and perform like everyday plastic toys but, remarkably, they are made from plants. New parents can, at last, eliminate any concerns about their children handling oil-...

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 5:12pm

 According to a new report issued by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), a network of more than 52,000 park and recreation advocates, Americans’ support for local parks and recreation is strong.

Triax2015 surface testing equipment
by: Rolf Huber
Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 4:38pm

Unyielding compliance with the requirements and procedures detailed in ASTM F1292-13 is essential to accurate measurement of impact attenuation of playground surfaces. In limited cases a short cut procedure, while not strictly compliant, can be used for spot checking of surface conditions. This article explores the appropriate use of this...

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 3:27pm

Huntersville, NC (September 29, 2016) –PlayPower, Inc., a global leader in the recreation industry, announced yesterday a partnership between Little Tikes Commercial, one of its leading commercial playground equipment brands, and Unlimited Play, a non-profit organization that builds universally accessible playgrounds.

by: Rolf Huber
Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 2:43pm

The aim of Standards is not to open a door to endless wisdom, but to put a limit to endless errors**

Jami Murdock
Child climbing on playground equipment
by: Jami Murdock
Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016 - 4:01pm

Why do children climb? Excitement Feeling of accomplishment Experience basic physics – gravity, inertia, pendulums Overcome physical challenges Test abilities, show off and compete Engage in pretend play Retrieve objects Stimulate tactile perceptions Increase vestibular sensations

Dinosaur Footprint
by: No Fault Sport Group
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 4:28pm

Colton Meyer was an energetic, 3-year-old boy whose favorite pre-historic creature was the dinosaur.  Tirrill Park in Manchester, Iowa, Colton’s hometown, dedicated a playground in his memory.  No Fault Sport Group teamed up with Boland Recreation to create a “dinosaur” themed playground called “Rawrrr with Colton Playground Project”.  Our No...

Valley Park Playground
by: Tim Mcnamara
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 2:39pm

Designing Playground Elements First Before the Rest of the Park In the designing and building of a park, a lot of money typically goes into the infrastructure – the parking lots, custom shelters and restrooms, and more. Money for the playground – the important play elements – is what is “left over.” If the true goal of a park is to create a...

12 Toy Finalists
by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 11:32am

Which toys will make it into the hallowed halls of the National Toy Hall of Fame this November? Will Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots knock out the competition? Will Nerf sail across the finish line? Can pinball bounce its way into contention?

Security Fastener
by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, September 12, 2016 - 2:00pm

Have you ever needed a fastener that offers a serious level security and been told you need to use a permanent, non-removable fastener? In some cases, it is important that these fasteners can be removed by authorized persons when required but a “standard” security fastener just won’t be suitable because of the availability of driver tools in...