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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.

Confessions of a Playground Guru
Pokemon Go
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 11:28am

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...

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. 

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2016 - 11:53am

Modeled after sandcastles and geared toward toddlers, some newly constructed real estate along a busy road in southern Montgomery County are sure to elicit a few double takes from passersby this month.

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2016 - 11:12am

GameTime, a leading manufacturer of inclusive playground equipment, is an exhibitor this week at the 20th Annual ADA Symposium in Denver, Colorado. The four-day event is a comprehensive conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act and is designed to provide the latest information on ADA regulations and guidelines, implementation strategies,...

Posted: Monday, June 13, 2016 - 5:02pm

This month in our 7 elements of play series, we’re focusing on spinning. Spinning provides children with rich sensory stimulation, thinking while in motion, postural control and social interaction. In general, spinning helps kids build

Posted: Monday, June 13, 2016 - 3:49pm

Despite the ADA and IDEA, communities continue to invest rather large sums and space allocations into exclusionary recreation facilities with little or no concern for the differently-able. Individuals with autism, or using wheelchairs, others with mobility limitations and the like are left out as out-of-luck outsiders. When all would like to...

by: The Play and Playground Magazine
Posted: Monday, June 13, 2016 - 3:04pm

Have you ever dreamed about creating an amazing playground in your community? This is a tough nut to crack in today’s down trending economic environment. For many of us, getting the necessary funding to achieve our playground dreams may seem impossible. But there are programs and funding options available right now that can turn this dream into a...

by: Dynamo Playgrounds
Posted: Monday, June 13, 2016 - 2:41pm

Today's parents and caregivers are paying more attention than ever to the choices of activities for their children - not just in structured activities, but more increasingly in free-play. Parents recognize the need to choose wisely and offer their children the best experience possible. This means that landscape architects, play space designers,...

Kutska's Korner, A Commentary
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 2:49pm

By Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI, Executive Director International Playground Safety Institute, LLC In Part 1 of this series Curtis wrote in his research project abstract,

GameTime
Posted: Monday, May 23, 2016 - 11:06am

GameTime, a leading manufacturer of commercial playground equipment, recently installed a Challenge Course at Walter G. Byers School. Byers is a K-8 school near downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. Like most schools who serve middle school-aged children, Byers faced a student population that was less active once they grew too old for the...

Kutska's Korner, A Commentary
Certified Playground Safety Inspectors
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 2:49am

By Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI, Executive Director International Playground Safety Institute, LLC April 20, 2016

Kutska's Korner, A Commentary
Certified Playground Safety Inspectors
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Monday, May 9, 2016 - 8:13am

By Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI, Executive Director International Playground Safety Institute, LLC April 20, 2016