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.

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
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
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.

Steora Smart Bench
Posted: Monday, July 18, 2016 - 10:39am

The Fibrex Group is pleased to introduce the first Steora Smart Bench available in the United States, and a business partnership with Include. Steora was invented by Wiz-Kid Innovator Ivan Mrvos of Include j.d.o.o in the Republic of Croatia. Include has developed the most technologically advanced and attractive solar smart bench on the market...

ADA Jennswing
Posted: Monday, July 18, 2016 - 10:15am

St. Louis, MO – SportsPlay Equipment, Inc., a Missouri headquartered manufacturing firm with plants in St. Louis and Park Hills, MO, announced today that it has acquired the JennSwing® and the Cubby® ADA swing seats from Deanna M. Johnson, the founder, developer and inventor of these well-respected special needs playground products which were...

head injuries in playgrounds
by: Rolf Huber
Posted: Monday, July 11, 2016 - 11:20pm

There are two very opposite views of injury prevention in playgrounds.

by: Playworld
Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 11:32am

By Shwetha Ramani, a freelance communications professional who grew up in India and is now exploring the world of PR on the other side of the world, in the U.S. She lives outside of New York City with her husband.

Whitewater West new Slides
by: Megan Krentz
Posted: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 4:37pm

Sun City Resort by Sun International in South Africa lead the way as one of the world’s first WhiteWater Surf Wave pools. Now almost 25 years later the beautiful resort’s waterpark, Valley of Waves, unveils two new slides including a Boomerango waterslide which plunges from an 18 meter tower. The Boomerango was the first phase of a two part...

by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 4:25pm

We anticipate July wll be bringing the heat. PGP would like to raise awareness of what this month is about to us all! It happens to be Park and Recreation month and UV Awareness Month.

Kutska's Korner, A Commentary
unsafe playground
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 5:04am

The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of the playground safety inspector certification programs on reducing reported injuries sustained on public playgrounds in the state of California.