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Spring is Coming! Is Your Playground Ready?

Days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and it’s that time of year when everyone is itching to get outside, especially children.   Now that Spring is almost here, have you taken the steps to make sure your outdoor playground equipment is safe and ready for use? Every park, school, and recreation department should have a maintenance schedule in place for their playground equipment.  This includes checking for appropriate surfacing levels, loose hardware, evidence of vandalism, and any and all items that could pose a safety threat to children when using the playground equipment. Many playground safety websites offer comprehensive checklists that can be used to ensure every item on the playground meets certain safety criteria.  Playground maintenance and repair can seem like a daunting task. Don’t be afraid to ask for volunteers and encourage community involvement in your park and playground upkeep. If your playground is looking a little worse for the wear and posing safety threats that aren’t an easy fix, it might be time to consider investing in new equipment.  Many older playgrounds are not compliant with current safety rules and regulations, by investing in new equipment you can ensure your playground equipment is safe and accessible for ... Read more

Tips & Tools to Help You Make Your Dream of a New Playground a Reality

Many school districts, park associations, churches and camps around the globe are dreaming and hoping of the day they can install their new playground equipment.  Whether you are replacing a rusty, old playground, or adding a new one, playgrounds can be costly.  But there are many tools out there today that can help make that dream a reality. Most of us are aware of the statistics surrounding childhood obesity and the push for national programs to improve the health of our children across the nation.  What you may not know is that there are many programs out there that can help you gain funding for your commercial playground equipment. FUNDRAISING If you’re serious about getting that new playground, don’t stop there.  Your local community can play an integral role in making the dream of a new playground a reality. Start by marketing your efforts and telling your community about your goals and how it can impact the children in their neighborhood, school etc.  Get help from your commercial playground equipment provider.  Many of them offer fundraising programs that include marketing materials, fundraising management, and goal tracking websites. Read more