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by: ABCreative
Posted: Monday, March 6, 2017 - 11:59am

The first step in the process is all about the concept and planning for your park or playground. Create a vision for the playground. When creating your vision, start with the end in mind. These questions will help you get started.

Updates from IPEMA
by: International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association IPEMA
Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 12:35pm


Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 11:55am

Ashburn, Va. (Feb. 28, 2017) —  Children across the country are reaping the benefits of a national out-of-school time initiative aimed at improving childhood nutrition and increasing physical activity through local parks and recreation.

Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 1:09pm

]Ashburn, Va. (Feb. 16, 2017) — The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), a network of more than 52,000 park and recreation professionals and advocates, is proud to announce that Tom O’Rourke, a leader in park and recreation management, has been chosen as the new director of the renowned NRPA Directors School. O’Rourke replaces Dr. Phil...

by: ABCreative
Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 12:20pm

ABCreative is excited to announce the addition of a new product line, Percussion Play, the world’s leading outdoor instrument manufacturer with over 200 distributors in over 60 countries. Musical instruments on the playground are a growing trend. Percussion Play’s outdoor musicalinstruments are durable, sustainable, and can be installed to cope...

by: ABCreative
Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 7:06pm

Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 2:41pm

Time for Writing Grants

by: Kids Preferred LLC
Posted: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 2:13pm

The classic children’s book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books is the beloved story of a bunny wishing good night to all he sees before turning in for the night. Vibrant illustrations and lyrical text combine to make the perfect book for the end of the day.  Kids...

by: ABCreative
Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 7:12pm

In our work, we often hear stories of how park and playground projects get done – ranging from how it gets funded to the installation and more. The Karnes Playground in Roanoke Park, Kansas City, MO, is the story of what one community did to make change happen in their neighborhood park.

Have You Heard?
by: Anne-Marie Spencer
Posted: Monday, January 30, 2017 - 5:21pm

Inclusive play. Ask 10 people what it means and it’s quite possible you’ll get 10 different answers. Adhering to ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Creating access on the playground. Including products for children with disabilities. Ensuring individuals who use mobility devices can use the playground, etc., etc., etc.

Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 6:18pm

Ashburn, Va. (Jan. 24, 2017) —  Park and recreation leaders from across the country will convene in Los Angeles Jan. 25-27 to address the role of parks and recreation in solving the nation’s homelessness crisis.

Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

St. Louis, MO – SportsPlay Equipment, Inc., a Missouri-based manufacturer of sports, playground, and site amenity products announced that it has opened a new production facility in Leadington, MO.   The new manufacturing plant consolidates two existing SportsPlay sites – one in St. Louis and one in Park Hills, MO – and will become the new primary...

Updates from IPEMA
by: International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association IPEMA
Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 2:50pm

It’s the start of another New Year and many people are still formulating their resolutions: eating healthy, exercising more and spending less time in front of the television are just a few of the most popular resolutions to adopt. With technology becoming almost a permanent fixture in children’s lives, it’s important to encourage kids to put their...

On Playfulness
by: Bernie DeKoven
Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 3:15pm

The majority of my personal community is composed of people who have had direct experiences of the healing, harmonizing, community-creating power of play. Of how it provides people with the opportunity to participate in what we have come to call a Play Community.

Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 3:01pm

Use artificial grass to create dedicated gaming and playing areas so that you can keep everyone entertained outdoors. With artificial turf, you can transform your yard into a maintenance-free entertaining space that works for adults, kids and pets. As the experts in artificial grass, we’ve got five ways you can add some playful areas to your...

Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 3:08pm

Now that Christmas is behind us and we approach a new year, it’s a good time to reflect upon what it is all of the ‘stuff’ we accumulate over the festive period is trying to help us achieve. The toys we gift to our small ones are an attempt to invoke joy and wonder through the medium of play.

Posted: Monday, January 2, 2017 - 3:23pm

Gothenburg, Nebraska—Norwell Outdoor Fitness, a Danish manufacturer of premium outdoor fitness equipment, has appointed Sterling West as its sole national distributor. In their new role, Sterling West will establish select dealers, coordinate sales/marketing efforts, and oversee new projects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Dr Joe Frost at Conference on the Value of Play
by: Playground Professionals
Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 5:27pm

Dr. Joe L. Frost, Ed.D, L.H.D., is one of America’s leading experts on play and playgrounds and has a global reputation as the contemporary father of play advocacy.  He is the Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus at The University of Texas at Austin with a passion for children’s play and play spaces.

Play for Life book cover
by: The Strong
Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 11:44am

ROCHESTER, New York—The Strong is pleased to announce that it will publish Play for Life: Play Theory and Play as Emotional Survival (January 2017), an edited compilation that contains, among other features, the final book-length manuscript of Brian Sutton-Smith, preeminent play scholar of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Waterplay Nautical Collection
Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 3:39pm

Waterplay® Solutions launches new innovative design and technology across its aquatic play features, activity towers and water management solutions.Kelowna, Canada­—December 12, 2016—Waterplay® is excited to present a new generation of product solutions for aquatic play spaces around the world.