PGP Contributors

Keishi Foecke

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Keishi Foecke is a rising senior at International High School in San Francisco. She was an intern at Magical Bridge, a foundation advocating for and creating inclusive and innovative playgrounds, during the summer of 2016. Her time at Magical...

ABCreative

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Whether you’re designing a new outdoor space or updating an existing one, our goal is to help you select the right products to create the space you envision. We offer a complete service package to help you make the most of your space and...

Amanda Aparks

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Amanda Sparks, psychologist, researcher, writer, author at Huffington Post Canada.  Specialized at lifestyle problems and cyberbullying prevention. 

Angela Hanscom, MOT, OTR/L

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Angela Hanscom is a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook, which focuses on nature-centered developmental programming in New England. Angela holds a master’s degree in occupational therapy and an undergraduate...

Anne-Marie Spencer

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Anne-Marie Spencer serves the recreation industry as the Corporate VP Marketing for PlayCore in Chattanooga TN and a member of the company's Center for Professional Development.  She has presented over 80 national and regional seminars on a...

Antonio Malkusak

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Tony Malkusak, President/Landscape Architect of Abundant Playscapes has over 27 years of experience in the play and playground industry and is considered one of the leading experts on inclusive play environment design. His passion and advocacy...

Bernie DeKoven

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In 1971, Bernard De Koven founded The Games Preserve, a retreat center for the exploration of games and play in Eastern Pennsylvania. The Games Preserve served many organizations and individuals, and functioned as the East Coast branch of The New...

Bob McCullough, APR

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Morgan’s Wonderland, which is completely wheelchair-accessible, features more than 25 elements and attractions including rides, playgrounds, gardens, an eight-acre catch-and-release fishing lake, 575-seat amphitheater, picnic area...

Brian Devore

2014 Southern District SHAPE America Elementary PE Teacher of the Year VP Elect Physical Education SHAPE America Southern District Georgia Let's Move! Active Schools Coordinator Past President/Social Media Director - Georgia...

Butch DeFillippo

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Butch DeFillippo is the owner of PlaySafe, LLC, the Premiere Recreational Consulting Company. PlaySafe, LLC assists municipalities, schools, childcare providers, communities and other recreation-providing entities by offering playground equipment...

Christy Cooke

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Christy stepped in as CEO from 2010 to 2012 with an aggressive strategic plan including a restructuring of the company’s business model that would allow for a wider reach. Within a year, sales doubled. Under Christy’s leadership,...

Cre8Play

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Our team has a long history of childlike behavior. We eat, sleep and breathe all those climbers, slides, rocks and standards that most take for granted. Todd Lehman, Owner and Executive Creative Director has been designing truly unique play...

Curtis Stoddard

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Curtis Stoddard is the founder of PGP, published Play and Playground Magazine for 3 years and currently serves on the NPCAI board of trustees. He has been building playgrounds for almost 30 years and has a great passion for the...

Dr Bill Michaelis

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BILL MICHAELIS, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus at San Francisco State University and owner/director of Children-Together [www.children-together.com] and presenter of over 2,000 workshops, keynotes, and events. He is the author (with John M. O...

Dr John A Sutterby

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John A. Sutterby is an associate professor at The University of Texas San Antonio. He has been researching and writing about play and playgrounds for more than a decade. He is one of the co-authors of the Developmental Benefits of Playgrounds (...

Dr. Donna Thompson

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Donna Thompson, a physical education professional, founded the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) in 1995. With a grant from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Donna established the NPPS S.A.F.E...

Dr. Kwame M. Brown

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Dr. Kwame M. Brown has spent his career not only working to understand the processes behind movement development, but also to improve infrastructure and programming in the service of development and autonomy for both kids and adolescents. He...

Earthscape - Natural Playspace Design

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At Earthscape, our goal is to design and build incredible playgrounds that open children’s imaginations, stimulate their creativity and challenge their motor development.  Inspired by the playgrounds of the world, we aim to create the...

Elizabeth Moreno

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Communications & Program Development Manager Elizabeth hails from the Great Pacific Northwest, USA, where her childhood playground was a backyard forest of evergreens and a trickling creek. With an academic background in Peace Studies, she...

Ezra Holland, M.S.

EZRA HOLLAND, M.S. is the founder and CEO of The Holland Group [www.theholland-group.com], experts in workforce development and leadership training. After teaching for ten years at San Francisco State University, he moved east and is...

Francesca Zavacky, M.Ed.

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Francesca Zavacky, M.Ed. is the co-author of Strategies for Recess in Schools, Recess Planning in Schools: A Guide to Putting Strategies for Recess into Practice, and Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: A Guide for Schools. A...

George Sushinsky

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George Sushinsky is currently the chairman of the ASTM F08.63 Subcommittee on playground surfacing. George was a mechanical engineer with a B.S. from Notre Dame and an M.S. from University of Maryland. He worked for CPSC from 1984 to 2005,...

Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation

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The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), formed in 2009, is a CEO-led organization whose national, multiyear effort is designed to help reduce obesity—especially childhood obesity. In just five years, HWCF members have already...

Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation

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The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), formed in 2009, is a CEO-led organization whose national, multiyear effort is designed to help reduce obesity—especially childhood obesity. In just five years, HWCF members have already...

Hector Garcia

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Sales Representative CorWorth July 2014 – Present (1 year 9 months)Marble Falls, TX Consultation and Recommendation of high end restroom, concession, storage, and other pre-fabricated buildings. Customized to our clients specific...

Ian Proud

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Ian Proud is the Market Research and Inclusive Play Manager for Playworld Systems.  www.playworldsystems.com

Ingrid Kanics

Ingrid is an Occupational Therapist and Architect who works with communities to create spaces where everyone can play.  She lectures nationally on universal design, sensory processing disorder and the importance of play for individuals of...

International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association IPEMA

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IPEMA's philosophy is simple: To represent and promote an open market for manufacturers of playground equipment and surfacing. To represent and serve all manufacturers of the playground equipment industry. To provide members with...

Jami Murdock

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Jami has been an early childhood educator for 25 years. She operated an “in home” daycare center for 13 years and has been teaching preschool for the past 12 years. She has experience working with children on the autism spectrum and...

Jay Beckwith

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Called by many as one of the “fathers of the modern playground,” Jay began designing unique play environments in 1970. As new materials came into use early in the 1980s, he designed one of the earliest “post and deck” play...

Jennifer Skulski

Jennifer Skulski is a thought leader on accessibility management and inclusion of people with disabilities. She provides consultation to federal, state and local governments, and recreation and land management agencies on ADA/504 compliance....

Jim Redman

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Jim Redman began his career in the swimming pool industry working as a drafter for a pool contractor in 1988. He remained with that firm for more than 16 years where he eventually became the construction manager overseeing the design and...

Joe Frost

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After more than 50 years of teaching, consulting, and writing about child development and play, Dr. Joe Frost is acknowledged as the contemporary father of play advocacy. Read more about Dr. Joe Frost at PGPedia.com

John Luff

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President and Founder of San Diego based Surf Park Central, the world’s leading resource for surf parks, surf pools and the development of man-made surf destinations. John is also Co-Founder and a Managing Director at Surf ...

John McGovern

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John McGovern has more than thirty years of experience in parks and recreation. He earned his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law while working in parks and recreation. John consults on access and inclusion for federal...

Juliene R Heftner

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Juliene Hefter is the Executive Director for the Association of Aquatic Professionals.   From January, 2005 - February 2013 she was the Deputy Director for the Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association, a premiere Park and...

Julius Francis

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Owner of Rise Academy – Rise of the Greats Riseofthegreats.net

KaBOOM!

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KaBOOM! loves seeing communities rally behind a playground, dedicating their time and efforts to spread the gift of play to children. They do their best to provide a catalyst that will inspire communities to rethink play and ensure all kids get...

Kacey Mya

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Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for...

Kariann Mano

Kariann is part of the team of IPEMA (International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association) and their nonprofit initiative, Voice of Play. IPEMA and the Voice of Play aim to educate people about the social, cognitive, emotional and...

Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI

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Executive Director of the International Playground Safety Institute, LLC of Bend Oregon since retiring from Wheaton Parks District, IL as Director of Parks and Planning | Past president of the NRPA | Chair of the ASTM F15.29 Subcommittee for...

Kids Preferred LLC

About Kids Preferred, LLC Kids Preferred, LLC is an award-winning division of Kids Preferred, Inc., which was founded in 1983 and is one of the largest toy and children’s product manufacturers in the U.S. Known for its superior quality and...

Lisa Byrne

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Walking in Two Worlds is Lisa’s forte: as in working for a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company while co-owning a metaphysical store called Soulutions for Daily Living. After some time of being a “Corporate Shaman” opening doors...

Lukas Steinke

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CEO of Berliner Seilfabrik Play Equipment Corporation In 2009, Lukas moved to Greenville, SC to establish Berliner’s North-American headquarters. As the subsidiary’s CEO, he is in charge of all aspects of the company’s...

Mara Kaplan

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Mara Kaplan is the driving force behind Let Kids Play, a consulting firm working to ensure that all children have excellent play opportunities. She is an educator, a parent of a child with disabilities and a season advocate for inclusive play....

Marie Catherine Dube

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A graduate of Purdue University’s CO-OP Industrial Design program, Marie-Catherine Dubé has experience designing a range of products, from lighting to faucets to waterparks. Her passion though is play; in 2015 she was recognized with a...

Marnie Norris

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Marnie Norris is Director of Programs for Shane's Inspiration and has worked with them since 2002. Shane’s Inspiration is a national organization whose vision is to foster a bias-free world for children with disabilities. Their mission...

Marshall Jones

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Marshall Jones is a digital marketing specialist and copywriter living in Austin, TX. He has been on the marketing and content team at No Fault Sport Group, LLC since 2015 and is excited to be a part of the growing playground safety surface and...

Megan Krentz

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Megan is a marketing professional and content specialist currently working with WhiteWater telling the great stories of waterpark and attractions development. WhiteWater brings the fun as The ORIGINAL Waterpark & Attractions Company...

Michael Baldwin, CPSI

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Michael Baldwin is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) who resides in Irvine, California, and is involved in a company specializing in environmentally safe and recycled content products, including the safest playground fall safety...

Michele Breakfield

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Director of Marketing Cunningham Recreation  

Monty Christiansen

Monty Christiansen was Associate Professor of Recreation and Parks a Penn State University and auther or editor of Half a dozen books. Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects as well as the ASTM International. He was also...

National Council of Youth Sports

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The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) comprises the who's who in the youth sports industry. Its membership represents more than 200 organizations/corporations serving 60,000,000 boys and girls registered in organized youth sports...

National Recreation and Park Association

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National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation. Our work draws national focus to the far-reaching impact of successes generated at...

Natural Leaders Network - Children & Nature Network

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The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots...

Nicole Stoddard

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Nicole Stoddard is sales and marketing director for LuckyDog Recreation; distributors and installers of playgrounds, shelters and outdoor amenities in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming. She serves as president to Playground Hound LLC; distributors of...

No Fault Sport Group

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Founded in 1974, No Fault™ has grown to become one of the most experienced companies in the sport and recreational industry – offering an unsurpassed level of expertise. Since its inception nearly four decades ago, No Fault...

Nora Vandenburg

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Pet’s Name(s): Gus & Quincy (Labs), Rory (Mutt/Gremlin) Age: 7, 7, & 4 Favorite/Funniest Quirk: They all love chasing the vacuum cleaner! Favorite Treat: Ice cubes, dog biscuits, green beans, anything raw...Quincy...

Peggy Greenwell

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Peggy Greenwell has been an accessibility specialist with the US Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) since November 1992. Her responsibilities include providing technical assistance and training on the...

Perfect Rubber Mulch

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Perfect Rubber Mulch is your #1 source for rubber mulch. We offer a wide array of rubber mulch products for playground, landscaping, equestrian, sports field, pour in place, and ballistic and military applications. In addition to competitive...

Peter Beireis

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Peter currently works as the Aquatic Director for the City of Newark, CA at the Silliman Activity & Family Aquatic Center. Peter is also the Principal Owner of Beireis Aquatic Safety Services which specializes in consulting in aquatic...

PlayCore

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PlayCore helps build stronger communities around the world by advancing play through research, education, and partnerships. The company infuses this learning into its complete family of brands. PlayCore combines best in class planning and...

PlayGuard Safety Surfacing

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As North America's largest user of scrap tire rubber, ECORE International has made a thriving business out of finding creative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We process more than 80 million pounds of scrap tire rubber each year and help...

Playworld

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Our family first opened its doors 60 years ago in 1952 as QE Manufacturing Company, producing precision machine parts in central Pennsylvania. Seven years later, we began supplying products to other playground companies. As our reputation as a...

Raymond Wills

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Ray entered play work as a Community Service Volunteer in the early 1960s as a play scheme leader at Romford YMCA then at Redditch District Council. At Redditch he was seconded by the council onto a play course under the direction of Drummond...

Reeve Brenner

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Reeve Robert Brenner is not your average rabbi. Your average rabbi's signature is not on his own line of basketballs, as Brenner's is. And even if it were, your average rabbi probably couldn't keep one of those balls spinning on his...

Richard Louv

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Richard Louv is Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network, an organization supporting the international movement to connect children, their families and their communities to the natural world. He is the author of...

Rolf Huber

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Rolf Huber is the founder of the Canadian Playground Advisory, Inc., and has been involved in the manufacture and installation of athletic and playground surfaces since 1981. Since the early 1990s, Rolf has worked to set standards for surfacing...

Rusty Keeler

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Rusty Keeler is an artist and play designer living among the hills and woods outside Ithaca, NY. Rusty worked as a playground equipment designer for BigToys in Olympia, WA and Speelhout in The Netherlands before starting his own business in 1996...

Scott Burton

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Safety Play Inc. offers safety services and products for playgrounds, sports fields, and recreation areas. We offer safety inspections and audits, safety classes and programs, inspection tool kits and signs / labels, planning and designing, and...

Scott Hornick

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As the CEO of Adventure Solutions, Scott Hornick is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the business, as well as oversight of sales, marketing and project management.  Scott has over 15 years of direct industry experience, along...

SHAPE America

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SHAPE America is an organization of physical education and activity, sport, dance, and school health professionals. Standing for Society of Health and Physical Educators, they coordinate resources, compile standards, promote research, award...

Stephanie Devine

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VP of Sales and Marketing - UltraSite PlayCore January 2014 – Present (2 years 3 months)Chattanooga, Tennessee Area Responsible for managing and directing the execution of sales plans and initiatives, product development and...

Terri Smith, Designer/Consultant

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Terri joined the Water Design team in 2006 as a project designer and brings over 25 years of swimming pool operational experience with her. She is responsible for providing design, drafting and specifications for swimming pools, spas, fountains...

The Armor Group

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Armor Contract Manufacturing Armor Contract Manufacturing specializes in the fabrication of dampers & louvers, piping, shipping containers, large and small fabricated parts, powder coating and many other services within an array of markets...

The Play and Playground Magazine

Thinking Today About Tomorrow's Play™ The only magazine that is 100% dedicated to the Playground Industry

The Play Lady - Pat Rumbaugh

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Pat Rumbaugh, The Play Lady lives in Takoma Park, Maryland USA. In 2009 she founded www.letsplayamerica.org. This is a group of people who wanted to promote play in their community. Since 2009 they have put on over 80 fun FREE play events for...

The Strong

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The Strong® is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families and children. The...

Thomas Siebert

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Thomas Siebert was a founding member of Groundscape Technology, pioneering the first water based coating for rubber mulch.  He served on the FO8.63 committee that developed ASTM standards in surfacing as well as 1951 Standards for...

Tim Mcnamara

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Tim McNamara is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) and is a Sales Consultant for ABCreative, a company focused on creating the perfect park and playground for your school and community. ABCreative provides innovative and durable...

Todd Lehman

Todd Lehman is the “Design Guy” behind Cre8Play and has over 20 years of experience designing and building play environments. Sporting flip flops most days, Todd has been coined the “Willy Wonka of playground design” and...

Tom Norquist

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Tom is Senior Vice President of Marketing, Design and Product Development for GameTime, a leading playground manufacturer.  As a founding board member in 1995, past president, past treasurer, and current secretary of the International Play...

Toy Industry Association

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Toy Industry Association™, Inc. (TIA) is the not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in creating and bringing toys and youth entertainment products to kids of all ages. TIA’s nearly 750 members account...

US Play Coalition

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The US PLAY Coalition: A Partnership to Promote the Value of Play throughout Life is made up of individuals and organizations that recognize play as a valuable and necessary part of a healthy and productive life. They are housed within Clemson...

Walt Henderson

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Walter J. Henderson, has been involved with playground safety, playground equipment, and resilient surfacing since 1986.  He is the President and Principal Consultant of Henderson Consulting Services, Inc., which provides professional...