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Playground Security

Playgrounds are meant to be areas where children can have fun, get exercise and socialize.  However, as many park owners are aware, playgrounds can sometimes also provide an environment for crime and vandalism that can be costly to prevent and repair. With all of the news stories and articles regarding playground crime vandalism, it’s easy to become discouraged about the safety of your playground or park.  Playground security is an important subject that should be addressed, and there are steps that can be taken to help make your playgrounds and recreation areas safe. Commercial playground equipment can be a significant investment and vandalism can cost owners thousands of dollars each year in repairs.  Since vandalism commonly takes place after hours, it is important to install security features during times when your park or playground is not in use.  Lighting is an effective measure in deterring crime and vandalism, as well as video monitoring. With certain security equipment, such as the MiracleTechTM security products from Miracle Recreation, motion or dusk-to-dawn sensors can trigger lighting and video to turn on, making it easy for park managers to maintain. If your playground seems to be a popular after-hours teen hangout, or a place for unsavory ... Read more

The Cure for Childhood Obesity: Play

Childhood obesity has become a major issue within the last 20 years due to the surging amounts of obesity prevalent among young children.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 17% of children and adolescents are obese.  Since the 1980s, the numbers have almost tripled. A number of factors in today’s society contribute to the increase in childhood obesity including poor diet and lack of physical activity.  Although there is not one simple solution, there are things we can do to help, and allowing our children to play is one of them. Children need at least 1 hour of physical activity each day, and playgrounds are great way for children to get exercise. Playground equipment offers fun and physically challenging features.  Many playgrounds even offer outdoor fitness equipment that serve a wide range of age groups, even adults. The physical challenges of a playground are diverse, ranging from balance and strength to more complex challenges such as flexibility and endurance. Climbers, swings, ladders and slides all have the ability to work a strategic set of muscles in the body. Simply put, a playground keeps children moving, an important aspect in their overall health and wellness.  Combine consistent play with ... Read more

Playground Fundraising

It’s no secret that in today’s economic climate everyone is spending less.  Parks, schools, and churches are no exception.  So where can you find the funds to help make your playground a reality?  Miracle Recreation offers a FunRaising program that can play an integral part in helping you organize an effort to raise funds for your project. Fundraising can be extremely successful when given the tools to execute it properly.  With Miracle, our representatives can provide a customized program designed specifically for you.  Our programs utilize both food and non-food programs, with up to 50% profit and free shipping for all purchases.  Plus, we will be there to assist you before, during and after the fundraiser, providing you with free brochures, letters, and a customized website for your project that will allow donors to submit donations using major credit cards or PayPal.  Here is an example of a recent website fundraiser that was done for Joplin: http://www.miraclefunraising.com/playgrounds4joplin/ Marketing your project is an important step to maximize your results, and our Miracle representatives can help in that area as well.  Once you have decided the scope of your commercial playground equipment and its features, Miracle will provide a professional 3D rendering of ... Read more