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The Ultimate Thrill for the 14 and older set

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It seems that most play equipment is geared toward children 12 and under, but there are actually some things out there that could apply to older children as well. Skateparks and climbing walls can both be an option in this case as well. It’s true, you’ll find children of all ages enjoying both of them. The great part is that they really can offer an appropriate challenge for all ages. It’s just a matter of doing a little shopping for the right equipment.

You don’t even have to break the bank to accomplish this. Sk8Parks International may be a company that has what you’re looking for. With their modules, you are able to either choose a pre-designed skate park or get outside the box and design your own to fit your budget as well as your space.

Need some help with design? This is one company that can help out with that too. Layouts in 2D form are a possibility to help give you an idea of what you can do.

It doesn’t have to stop there though if it’s a 3D rendering you want to help you decide, that is a possibility too. Imagine how nice it could be to sit down and discuss your options and have it laid out not only in 2 or 3D form but also have a CD showing an animated view. If you need individual specification sheets for each obstacle you are considering, that’s something that can be done as well.

If you’re not sure how to position the obstacles you want in your skate park, Sk8Parks International is well versed in design, the proper distance between obstacles and where everything could work best for you. The design team can take you through all the necessary steps to ensure you are designing the park that suits your needs and wants. This equipment is designed for all abilities of skateboarders and for in-line skaters and BMX bikers too.

There are some things, such as signage, that need to be a part of your park as well for liability issues and to increase safety awareness. Sk8Parks International can help you out with that as they have in-house capabilities to create custom signs for your park to take the guesswork out of skatepark rules. You might even want to consider a recognition sign for any sponsors or groups involved in facilitating your skatepark.

The modules available at Sk8Parks International are made of 100 percent heavy duty steel. You won’t find bolts or screws in the surface either. These structures are an option that won’t expand or contract with weather changes. Decks are made of 3/16-inch thick steel for maximum durability and are painted with V.O.C. compliant high gloss, heavy duty industrial enamel. The smoothest ride in town because of a proprietary formula, plus they are easy to install and are low maintenance.

Why have a skatepark? A designated area for skateboarding is the safest way a child can participate in the sport. It’s illegal in most cities to grind on the rails of the steps of city hall or even in the business districts, so where do children end up skateboarding?

In the street and at risk of course! Why not get them their own place to participate safely away from traffic and keep the sport from being seen as a menace. It’s good exercise and can be a self-esteem building sport when children are able to practice tricks and improve at their own rate of progress. If money is the only thing stopping you, remember that it just takes someone to get the ball rolling and some persistence. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. For more information, log on to www.sk8parks.com or call 877-891-1283.

If the older kids are climbing the walls for lack of activity, they can literally do this with BCI Burke’s climbing structures. Log on to www.bci-burke.com and take a look at what is offered.

At the NRPA show in San Antonio, 2005, Lynn Hill, world-renowned rock climber, was on hand to demonstrate the challenges and benefits of rock climbing with Burke’s boulders. Hill has had a great deal of experience, including a harrowing experience with a fall that could have cost her life. She relates this experience and her road to recovery in her book Climbing Free. Burke sponsored her appearance and held a press conference to help educate about climbing in a special pre-show session to help show continued support to the playground industry and education therein.

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