News

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.

Playground
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...

Outdoor Instruments
Posted: Monday, September 5, 2016 - 2:22pm

Noah’s Park & Playgrounds is excited to announce the addition of a new product to their website, Freenotes Harmony Park’s Outdoor Instruments. Musical parks and playgrounds are a new trend in musical expression, and they are beginning to take off. Freenotes Harmony Park’s outdoor musical instruments are durable, sustainable, play real music,...

by: Bob McCullough, APR
Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 10:39am

Morgan’s Wonderland will celebrate Labor Day – Monday, Sept. 5 – with the return of its refurbished and expanded WaterWorks water table attraction and special entertainment including acrobatic dogs, puppets and super heroes, to name a few. 

Playworld Equipment
by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, August 29, 2016 - 1:42pm

PlayPower, Inc., a global leader in the recreation industry, today announced it acquired Playworld, a major commercial playground equipment manufacturer based in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.   “The acquisition of Playworld creates a significant growth opportunity for the PlayPower organization,” said Joseph Copeland, CEO of PlayPower. “We will...

Discount Playground Supply
by: Thomas Siebert
Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 1:52pm

 Discount Playground Supply, announces the launch of their new web site.

Back to School!
by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 12:29pm

Ding, ding goes the homeroom bell - and just like that, school is back in session! Enter the @TogetherCounts Back-to-School sweepstakes by sharing a back-to-school photo for your chance to win a $50 gift card! 

Diamond of Care
Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 11:43am

The two-day Playground Maintenance Technician Program (PMT) focuses on practical playground maintenance practices, inspection principles and best practices in making repairs. This program does not focus on play theory or memorizing standards. Course modules explore the maintenance challenges associated with the common materials found in...

Posted: Monday, August 15, 2016 - 5:25pm

With summer winding down and back to school right around the corner, it’s time to begin the age old routine of signing our children up for sports and activities that keep them busy and physically active. For the parents of previous generations this task proved much easier. Gone are the days when kids came home from school, hopped on their bike...

Recent Poll Results
by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Monday, August 8, 2016 - 2:59pm

Finding a meaningful source of inspiration is key to maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. A recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) found that more than half of all Americans are motivated to be more active when watching athletes compete in the Olympics.

Tic Tak Toe playground equipment
by: Keishi Foecke
Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 4:58am

When most kids think of a playground, they picture a place where they can let loose, make new friends, exercise, and have fun. It is a place where, no matter the equipment provided, most children can be relatively sure that they are going to thoroughly enjoy themselves.

Posted: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 11:38am

If you’ve gone for a walk in your neighborhood this month, you may have seen numerous people hunched over their cellphones playing PokémonTM GO— a video game craze that has gotten people off their sofas and back outside.

Discount Playground Supply
by: Thomas Siebert
Posted: Monday, August 1, 2016 - 3:01pm

Discount Playground Supply, in conjunction with Greenville Colorants LLC, announces the release of Maxx Clear H2O

Confessions of a Playground Guru
Pokemon Go
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 5:28pm

Nearly three years ago my friend Mike Lanza, of Playborhood fame, and I joined forces to find a way to use technology to encourage kids to play outdoors. After considerable research we determined that the best platform was to use the then emerging Internet of Things (IoT) and Bluetooth Low Energy beacons.

Jami Murdock
Balancing
by: Jami Murdock
Posted: Monday, July 18, 2016 - 12:44pm

This is the fourth in our 7 Elements of Play series, focused on balancing. In general, balancing helps kids build:

The World’s Tallest Water Coaster
by: Megan Krentz
Posted: Monday, July 18, 2016 - 10:59am

Not only is MASSIV the newest attraction at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island in Texas and the world’s tallest water coaster, it has also been outfitted with the latest technology developed by WhiteWater to make the uphill waterslide more economical to operate.