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.

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...

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.