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, 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.

Jami Murdock
Children playing music on outdoor instrument
by: Jami Murdock
Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 1:20pm

7 Elements of Play: Sensory

 SoccerWall by Playnetic
Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 6:12pm

Thé SoccerWall! - Dutch design  Dutch people and football, perhaps the best combination there is. Children love to kick the ball, like to be competitiveand above all: want to move.   This unique double sided play SoccerWall is available early 2017  

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2016 - 2:54pm

The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards’ Best New Product Awards annually recognize the best new products or services in the amusement parks and attractions industry. This year, they have acknowledged WhiteWater’s Mat Blaster, a first-of-its-kind slide, in the Waterpark Ride/Attractions category, as well as, Smart Blast, the latest in energy-saving technology...

Flower Landscaping
Posted: Monday, November 21, 2016 - 1:28pm

  RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. – Nov. 18, 2016 – Park West Companies, a leading provider of landscape construction, landscape management and tree care services, has been awarded the landscape management services for the AAA four-diamond Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa boutique resort in La Jolla, Calif.

by: The Strong
Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 1:37pm

One toy takes its riders to new heights, and the other two let the imagination soar. The simple, ancient swing; game-changing Dungeons & Dragons; and the colorful, creative Fisher-Price Little People today became the latest inductees to The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame. The honorees were selected from a field of 12 finalists that also...

Safe Routes To Parks
Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 5:16pm

Ashburn, Va. (Nov. 14, 2016) — Ensuring safe access to public parks is key to improving health outcomes in America, however, not all communities are equipped with the resources needed to provide safe access to parks i.e. investing in new sidewalks and crosswalks with personal safety improvements.

HORIZON KNOLL, Cr8play Play Structures
by: Cre8Play
Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 2:18pm

Cre8Play is excited to announce three new Play Systems to their Product category. The launch of these systems marks the first time the company has offered complete play systems as a ready to order Product. Horizon Knoll, Tree Stump Slide and Oak Landing capture the true essence of Cre8Play with high design and detail in realistic surfacing....

Jami Murdock
Child on play equipment with rungs.
by: Jami Murdock
Posted: Monday, November 7, 2016 - 9:22am

We’ve been talking about the 7 elements of play and how these activities lead to a child’s success in the classroom. Our sixth element is brachiating. What is Brachiating? If you’re like many people, you may not know what brachiating is so let’s start by defining the term. Brachiation is the activity of swinging from one arm to another on...

Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes
by: Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
Posted: Monday, October 31, 2016 - 10:45am

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and Together Counts program have launched this year’s Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes, their biggest incentive program. Anyone can enter the sweepstakes on behalf of a school to win a $30K grant and a brand new playground. New this year, we have added a third grand prize to be awarded to a military...

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.