It is always nice to get a fresh and different view of the world in which we live; this month I (PlaySafe, LLC) thought it would be interesting to interview a company that provides installation and maintenance services for playground equipment and surfacing. I chose Hansen and Prezzano Builders (H&P). They have installed over 7000 playgrounds (from Florida to California) and conduct daily maintenance to a large school district’s 26 playgrounds. H&P have 5 CPSIs on staff, have been in business since 1985, and are certified installers for 5 playground manufacturers.
I recently read a great column by Jay Beckwith on the online Play and Playground News Center titled “Creating Conditions for Play.” His comments struck a nerve. After just finishing my last column related to some of the of the current playground surfacing issues and challenges we face in the USA, I was finding myself pondering the current status of the public playground movement and where we seem to be headed in the future.