Encouraging Health Equity Through Community Parks & Recreation

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A group of adults attending a fitness class outdoors are doing leg stretches. The participants are arranged in a line. The focus is on a mature ethnic woman who is smiling toward the camera.

The term “health equity” has quickly gone from a buzzword to a nationwide initiative across our country within the last few years. Under the health equity concept, everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this due to social position, ability, or other circumstances. Often, a lack of resources can hinder … Read More

Del Rey Lagoon Park

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Aerial view of the Del Rey Lagoon Park

Location: Del Rey, CASurface System Used: SpectraPourCompletion: June 2021Overview Local residents surrounding the Del Rey Lagoon have something new to be excited about! In June 2021, a new playground was completed that sits inland of the lagoon and is adjacent to a baseball field and basketball courts. The park also offers direct access to the lagoon for the residents of … Read More

What Makes a Product Sustainable?

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In today’s world, there continues to be an increased focus on “green” products and practices, and the demand for these sustainable products and services is on the rise! As a consumer of any product, it’s important to understand exactly what this means so we can make better choices in our homes, our work environments, and for our families. So, what … Read More

Olympus Park

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Location: Encinitas, CASurface System Used: SpectraPour SupremeCompletion: May 2021Overview On May 1, 2021, the City of Encinitas unveiled their newest community recreational facility – Olympus Park. This 3.1-acre neighborhood park includes various amenities, such as an exercise pad, dog park, skate park, and a bike pump track. The creativity of the designers can be seen in the botanical garden, public … Read More

How to Intentionally Design an Inclusive Playground

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Sister sitting next to disabled brother in wheelchair at playground

The need for inclusivity continues to grow in our society. From work environments and politics to schools and sports, diversity and inclusion is a fundamental part of the values and culture in our nation. The same can be said for one of human’s most basic functions — play. We must put an emphasis on creating and providing equality to everyone … Read More

Santana Park

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Santana Park surface

Location: Corona, CA Surface System Used: SpectraPour Completion: December 2020Overview In mid-December, 2020, a ribbon-cutting was held for the new playground at Santana Park in Corona, CA. It’s Corona’s second fully accessible and inclusive playground. It features a massive pirate ship, boulders to climb, swings, imaginative play elements, ground-level activities, and a rubberized surfacing underneath that serves as a treasure … Read More

The Rising Popularity of Outdoor Fitness Parks

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Promoting regular physical activity has always been a public health priority. However, during the pandemic, prioritizing exercise has been more difficult due to closed gyms, fewer organized sports and activities, and financial strains. Parks, organizations, and communities have been doing what they can to create new initiatives in encouraging exercise and removing the barriers to a healthier life. Outdoor fitness … Read More

Playa Vista Sports Park

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Playa Vista Sports Park

Location: Playa Vista, CASurface System Used: SpectraPour AromaticCompletion: August 2020Overview Playa Vista Sports Park was an existing park in a high-density planned development with virtually no open space. The park was one of the few recreational areas for the thousands of local home owners and their families. Unfortunately, it was originally installed in a non-compliant manner and had several safety … Read More

Shifting to a Circular Economy for Future Generations

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Today, the world uses almost twice as much of the earth’s resources than it can regenerate. In a recent article from World Economic Forum, by 2030 — with a projected 8.5 billion people — the global demand is expected to increase 35% for food, 40% for water, and 50% for energy. Without a solution to reverse this trend, we could … Read More

The Upcycling Process for Playground Surfacing Materials

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Tire wasted upcycled into playground surfacing is good for the environment

Whether you’re looking to install a new playground or just update an old product, chances are high that “environmentally friendly” and “safe” are attributes that are on the top of your list. And, rightfully so! It’s important that the product you choose is not harmful to the environment or to the end user. The use of recycled materials has been … Read More