As the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy rapidly approaches, Miracle Recreation – one of the nation’s leading innovators in the design and manufacture of playgrounds – has donated a brand-new, state-of-the-art playground to the Staten Island neighborhood of Midland Beach. Midland Beach was severely battered by Hurricane Sandy, destroying one of the neighborhood’s few playground areas. Midland Playground has been closed since the storm, leaving families with fewer public play areas for safe, active play.
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Miracle Recreation recently donated a new, accessible playground to the town of White House, TN in honor of Conner and Cayden Long. Before this playground was built, families of children with disabilities had to drive for almost an hour to the closest accessible playground. Now they have a thrilling, inclusive playground right around the corner. Watch the video for the full story of how Miracle's Roll Around the Park accessible playground came to life. Bringing thrill to all, this playground honors Conner and Cayden Long and their extraordinary story of love and perseverance.
The Long family used to drive almost an hour to get to a playground that both Connor and Cayden could play on together, but now they don’t have to.
Cayden, 9, has cerebral palsy, which renders him unable to walk or talk, his mother, Jenny Long, said. His big brother, Connor, 10, doesn’t have cerebral palsy, and he has been towing Cayden along on triathlons since 2011. But when they're not competing, the brothers love to play on a playground they can both enjoy. Read more
To Honor Outstanding Brothers, Miracle Recreation
to Build Playground for Conner and Cayden Long in White House, TN
Conner, 10, participates in triathlons with brother Cayden, 8, who is diagnosed with cerebral palsy
White House, TN – (April 11, 2014) – Miracle Recreation – one of the nation’s leading companies in designing and building innovative playgrounds – will donate a playground to White House, Tennessee on Saturday, April 12 to honor two outstanding brothers who live there: Conner Long, 10, and his younger brother Cayden, 8.
Cayden, diagnosed with hypertonic cerebral palsy, is unable to walk or talk – but that hasn’t stopped him from competing in triathlons with the support and love of his brother, Conner.
Conner always yearned for a way to be more active with his brother. And after learning of a children’s triathlon in 2011, Conner saw an amazing opportunity. With the guidance of a children’s athletic trainer and the support of his family and community, Conner entered the race to bike, swim and run – all with Cayden in tow. It marked the beginning of “Team Long Brothers,” leading to superstar recognition as the 2012 Sports Illustrated “Sports Kids of Year.” The story highlighted the Long family’s advocacy ...
Miracle Recreation playground on Dover Air Force Base helps to heal children affected by the loss of a loved soldier
Dover, Delaware – June 29, 2012
Dover Air Force Base in Delaware serves as the point of return for all military service personnel who have given their lives in the service of our country. The site is where many families of the fallen begin their healing process. To help ease the way for these families, a team of volunteers from across the United States recently installed a new commemorative playground donated by Miracle Recreation Equipment Company. Created to give children comfort when coping with the loss of a loved family member, the new playground offers a moment of solace in the midst of mourning. “This playground marks one the most important contributions our company has ever made,” said Dan Guthrie, EVP PlayPower and President PlayPower North America. “The area for families is a dignified, sacred and solemn space that quietly honors the men and women who have served so bravely.”
“It’s an honor to be part of this project,” he says. “As the son of an Air Force Captain I was fortunate to have my father’s influence for 25 years after his ...
Huntersville, NC – June 20, 2012
PlayPower’s Board of Directors and executive management group is pleased to announce that Joe Copeland has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of PlayPower Holdings, Inc. and PlayPower, Inc.. Joe will officially assume his responsibilities at PlayPower on June 20, 2012.
Joe brings to PlayPower a wealth of experience that will complement PlayPower’s global market leading position in commercial play equipment and marine products. Joe recently served as the VP of Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems and Chemical Operations, which is a multi‐billion global business. Joe began his career with Goodyear in 2001. Joe is a proven leader with a successful track record of building brands, operational leadership, developing sales channels and delivering superior results.
Joe’s office will be located in PlayPower’s Huntersville, NC. headquarters. He will be relocating to the Charlotte area shortly. “I am very excited to join the leadership team at PlayPower,” stated Mr. Copeland. “I believe the company has performed well during these tough economic times, and is wellpositioned for growth with its strong brands, high quality products and the best sales network in the industry.”
PlayPower is a leading global provider of Play, Sport and Recreation facilities and equipment. The company is headquartered in North Carolina, USA, with manufacturing facilities in Missouri USA, Sweden and ...
Monett, MO USA
May 18, 2012
Joplin’s Cunningham Park suffered severe damage as a result of the devastating EF5 tornado on May 22, 2011. Located directly across from the former site of the badly damaged St. John’s Hospital, Cunningham Park featured two Miracle playgrounds, both of which were destroyed. Nearly a year later and during the week of May 7th, Miracle Recreation installed replacement playgrounds with the help of volunteers and Miracle Recreation employees.
Located just over 40 miles from Joplin, Miracle Recreation’s manufacturing facility and offices employ many Joplin residents. Several employees and their families were personally affected by the tornado. “Our employees were deeply affected by the Joplin tragedy and it was important to us as a company and as a member of the community to help with the rebuilding process,” added Don Hemingway, Vice President of Business Development for Miracle’s parent company, PlayPower, Inc. Immediately following the disaster in Joplin, Miracle Recreation Equipment Company implemented a “Playgrounds 4 Joplin” program, which generated a $25,000 contribution towards the replacement playground.
Proceeds for the purchase of the replacement playgrounds were provided by the City of Joplin and by Miracle Recreation through its $25,000 donation. A local Miracle certified installation company and approximately ...
February 2, 2012
Playground equipment supplier Miracle Recreation Equipment Company received the "Excellence Through Safety" Small Contract Award, honoring safe work performance and high safety standards.
Monett, Missouri – Miracle Recreation Company, a nationwide leader in Commercial Playground Equipment, recently received an award commending their commitment to safety. Established by the Army Corps of Engineers to honor companies that go above and beyond contractual safety requirements, the "Excellence Through Safety" Small Contract Award was given for the first time this year. Miracle Recreation Company was the first company to receive it.
Miracle received the honor for an installation of playground equipment in Jefferson, Texas. Miracle recreation installed one of its large commercial playground systems with at the Johnson Creek Park, located within Lake O' The Pines. This installation was completed with government and private workers because the park itself is public. Throughout the construction process Miracle emphasized safety for the workers and quality construction for the children. This combination earned them recognition from the Army Corps of Engineers and led to the award. "We are honored to accept this award. Miracle has always maintained safety as our first priority in everything we design and on all job sites," said Dan Guthrie, ...
January 16, 2012
Monett, MO USA—Miracle Recreation® is pleased to announce the winner of their “NEW PLAYGROUND GIVEAWAY” is Kennedy Elementary in Brockton, Massachusetts. Kennedy Elementary is located just south of Boston, MA and is home to over 600 students, ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade.
Kennedy was in need of a new, improved playground to replace their old, metal slides and Swings that have been in place since the 1960s, which no longer comply with current safety standards.
“Our kids really haven’t been able to utilize the playground equipment in a long time. In Brockton, many other schools in our district have built new facilities and new playgrounds. We felt it was time the kids at Kennedy had a new playground, and we knew the only way to get it done was to raise the funds ourselves,” explains Jennifer Giannaros, teacher at Brockton School District and parent of two Kennedy Elementary students.
Ms. Giannaros did some research on playground equipment and came across Miracle Recreation’s Playground Giveaway. After gaining approval from the school principal and garnering support for the cause, Kennedy Elementary entered to win.
Ms. Giannaros explained, “We had a ton of support from our community, from the parents to the ...
September 16, 2011
Miracle Recreation announced that it will be giving away a $25,000* playground based on the school with the most need and votes by the public via Miracle’s Facebook page.
The contest began September 14, 2011. Participants can nominate Public or Private schools, located in the contiguous United States using the Miracle Facebook contest application. Entrants will be required to submit a photo of their current playground or playground site with a short essay on why their school needs a new playground.
All qualified entries will be listed on the contest pages, where the public can vote for their favorite school. Voters can submit one vote per day. The ten schools with the most votes will become the finalists. The 10 finalist will then be asked to submit a video illustrating why their school needs a new playground. A panel of Miracle judges will decide on the grand prize winner based on their need for a playground and the creativity of their video.
For more information on Miracle’s School Playground Giveaway visit http://www.miracle-recreation.com/playground-giveaway.html or call 1-888-458-2752.
With over 80 years of experience, Miracle is one of the largest manufacturers of commercial outdoor playgrounds and recreational equipment in the U.S. Based ...