Fund Raising, Maintenance, CPSI Insurance, Synthetic Turf

Spring 2013

Spring 2013

HOW IS PLAY and playground defined? Many experts in the field are wary of trying to define these terms in a concise way, because the actual use of these words is so wide in its scope. Here are some attempts:

In This Issue...

spraying insects on playground
By: Ken Kutska
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) curriculum states more than one in three playground injuries are alleged to be a result of a lack of maintenance or improper maintenance. This is one area which all public and private playground owner/...
NRPA Congress Expo
By: The Play and Playground Magazine
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) held its annual Congress and Exposition Oct. 16-18, 2012, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. The three-day event brought together nearly 7,000 park and recreation professionals, citizen advocates and industry suppliers and exhibitors...
By: The Play and Playground Magazine
Bay City, MI—Eovations, an affiliate of Universal Forest Products, has announced the introduction of Eovations extruded oriented technology. The new technology is a patented process of producing a fully fiberized thermoplastic-mineral composite that replicates the fibrous structure of wood and...
By: The Play and Playground Magazine
Chattanooga, TN (PRWEB) February 12, 2013—PlayCore, the leading brand of play and recreation equipment in the US has partnered with Brooke Pancake, who begins her first year as a professional on the LPGA Tour this year, to promote play, recreation, and youth development. The company chose the...
By: The Play and Playground Magazine
A measure encouraging school districts to open up recreational facilities to the public sailed through its first House committee on Tuesday. Bill sponsors say it’s aimed at fighting childhood obesity. The idea is to make it easier for organizations like the YMCA and for average people to use...
By: Greg Hennecke
Congratulations on becoming a CPSI. This was no easy task. This article is primarily for those who are interested in going into business for yourself as a playground inspector. For those who work for an employer, whether public or private, you will be covered under your employer’s policy. However...
By: The Play and Playground Magazine
We all know that public playground safety has improved significantly in the last 20 or so years. Today’s playground manufacturers, designers and installers are held to detailed safety performance requirements that have all but eliminated some of yesterday’s most common causes of fatalities on...
Kids sliding down roller slide
By: Jeromy Morningstar
(Oh the possibilities, when we visited with Jeromy Morningstar, he asked if he could take a different twist to the story idea. We agreed. Here is what he wrote.)  Kate’s Kause (www.kateskause.com) is a charitable, not-for-profit organization inspired by founder Kelly Meissner’s young daughter Kate...
By: The Play and Playground Magazine
Atlanta, GA—While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under five play outside as much as possible, an April 2012 study led by Seattle Children’s Research Institute found that nearly half of U.S. preschoolers did not have even one parent-supervised outdoor play opportunity...
Poured-in-place surfacing under a swingset
By: Jim Dobmeier
If ever there was a lesson in the value of good communication, the Agawam School District playground construction project is it. Located in Agawam, MA, the district recently invested in an overhaul of three playground sites totaling more than 18,500 square feet. Like many successful specialty...
Synthetic turf under a playground
By: The Play and Playground Magazine
We’ve all seen the headlines about childhood obesity. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating that obesity rates among children under age five have doubled over the last two decades to speculation pint-sized reality star Honey Boo Boo’s diet is dooming her to a lifetime of...
By: The Play and Playground Magazine
Play Champions Join Forces at Fourth Annual Conference on the Value of Play to Share Research and Insights Promoting Free Play for All