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Playground Professionals News 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 Playground Professionals News 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.

PlaySafe LLC - playground supervisors
by: Butch DeFillippo
Posted: Monday, November 24, 2014 - 9:33am

We assume that while our children are using playgrounds at schools, recreation programs, and childcare facilities, they are being supervised by trained professionals. Teachers, teaching assistants, program leaders, administrators, parents, and other volunteers often have little or no training about playground safety, with the exception of life...

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Health and Safety

Playground surfacing road map
by: Anne-Marie Spencer
Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 10:00am

I’m always surprised, when talking to recreation managers and buyers about surfacing, to hear them say, “it’s expensive, and doesn't really add any play or fun to the site, but it’s something we have to do.” There’s good news; surfacing can actually be very playful, and new technology and formulations are adding to that ability.

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Voice of Play - International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association
by: International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association IPEMA
Posted: Monday, November 24, 2014 - 8:55am

IPEMA would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We are so grateful for play and the opportunities it provides!

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US Play Coalition conference
by: US Play Coalition
Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 3:40pm

The theme of the 2015 Conference on the Value of Play is Advancing Play. It will be held February 15-18, 2015 at the Madren Center, Clemson, South Carolina.

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by: California Park & Recreation Society
Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:17am

Sacramento is gearing up for 1200+ park, recreation and leisure services professionals (aka our “Superheroes of the Community”) to come together to learn from each other, learn from industry experts, and to share important experiences and best practices. They will join together at the 67th annual CPRS Conference & Expo being held at the...

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Parks and Recreation

Rubik's Cube, 1980 - Courtesy of The Strong, Rochester, New York.
by: The Strong
Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:42am

Initially known as the Magic Cube, today’s Rubik’s Cube—a six-sided puzzler that has challenged several generations—holds the title of best-selling toy of all time. Along with bubbles and little green army men, Rubik’s Cube is one of the 2014 inductees to The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame. I first tackled the cube in the early 1980s during...

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The Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes
by: Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 8:39am

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation is committed to getting as many students as possible on fun, safe playgrounds. Every year, we partner with Discovery Education to sponsor the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes, a contest where schools nationwide can compete for a brand new playground from Playworld Systems, Inc.

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International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association
by: International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association IPEMA
Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 8:18am

The IPEMA membership and board met this week in New Orleans, in conjunction with the ASTM meetings held there.

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Cre8Play airport theme - Ed Brown Playground, Belmar, NJ
by: Cre8Play
Posted: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 2:20pm

Our DC-8 has landed safely at one-of-a-kind Maclearie Park in Belmar, NJ. Situated just a few short miles from the Monmouth Executive Airport, Ed Brown playground features maps similar to the real airport’s runways. This all-inclusive play environment includes a ramp that stretches all the way into the airplane cockpit.

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ASTM International
by: International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association IPEMA
Posted: Monday, November 10, 2014 - 10:03am

IPEMA is holding its Annual Membership Meeting during ASTM committee week (November 9-14) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Personal Best - tech on the playground
by: Jay Beckwith
Posted: Monday, November 10, 2014 - 9:22am

Throughout my childhood we played pretty much everywhere including the streets. Much of our play was kid-generated games and “projects.” During my daughter’s childhood, play happened in vacant lots, creek beds, and backyards. Now my grandchildren play on “safe” playgrounds, and the older kids opt for skateboarding and dirt bikes. So it doesn’t...

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by: Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 2:35pm

At an event last month, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi underscored that the private sector has taken major steps to reduce obesity in the U.S. “Industry has done a very good job taking out more calories than we expected to take out,” she said, “I think the time has come for people to applaud industry for the progress made.”

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International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association
by: International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association IPEMA
Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 1:53pm

IPEMA had a busy, but successful, time at the 2014 National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Congress from October 14-16.

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MD Governor Attends Opening Ceremony for FHP Playground in Baltimore
by: PlayGuard Safety Surfacing
Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 1:26pm

Federal Hill Park (FHP), a signature landmark in Baltimore, Md., recently renovated its playground area with new equipment that incorporates iconic, local historical structures. With the assistance of South Harbor Renaissance and dedicated efforts from Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, the playground includes: the Federalist Ship, Signal Hill...

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A Playful Halloween
by: The Play Lady - Pat Rumbaugh
Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 10:24am

Takoma Park, Maryland borders the northeastern line of Washington, DC. The historic area is urban in a sense that one can walk almost anywhere and easily take public transportation, but the atmosphere is of a small town, tightknit community. Most of the homes are single-family homes with their own driveway. Residents gear up for Halloween by...

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The Complicated Issue of Surfacing - Mara Kaplan
by: Mara Kaplan
Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 1:44pm

You cannot even begin to design an inclusive playground if you have not dealt with that most basic concept of ensuring that everyone can access your space. The number one barrier to a playground is surfacing. When I was traveling this summer, I saw many instances of non-maintained surfacing that impacted not only the accessibility of the...

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IPEMA Launches New Voice of Play Website and Brand Refresh
by: International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association IPEMA
Posted: Monday, October 27, 2014 - 2:26pm

October was an exciting month for IPEMA! We launched a new website and brand refresh for the Voice of Play, our long-standing education and advocacy initiative to promote the value and benefits of free, outdoor play. The new website includes a cleaner, simplified look with fresh, rich content.

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Inappropriate play on playground equipment
by: Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI
Posted: Monday, October 27, 2014 - 1:01am

Let's conclude our discussion on playground safety with a look at the differences between risk and hazard as well as the need for graduated challenge for children on playground equipment.

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Health and Safety

Queenie by Cre8Play
by: Butch DeFillippo
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 2:03pm

We Americans love our “likes,” whether it’s for a funny comment, change in relationship status, or the photo of the dinner you prepared for a loved one. We also love to “check in” at our favorite restaurants, attractions, sporting events, and concerts. Maybe it’s because we like to let our friends and family know what we are doing and all the fun...

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Parks and Recreation

Sudbury Schools, where play and learning go hand in hand
by: Anne-Marie Spencer
Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:08am

Recently, while researching models of play and learning, I came upon an articleUnknown Object on the Psychology Today blog. It stated “the alert, unstressed condition of the playful mind is precisely the condition that has been shown repeatedly, in many psychological experiments, to be ideal for learning and developing skills.”It went on to say...

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