Encouraging Health Equity Through Community Parks & Recreation

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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

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

How to Intentionally Design an Inclusive Playground

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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

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

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

Questions to Ask When Planning a New Playground

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So, you have a dream to build a new playground or recreational area, but where do you start? We recently wrote a blog outlining the various products in the industry and the pros and cons to consider when choosing the right surfacing material for your project. But, even before selecting surfacing material, it’s important to take a step back and … Read More

What to Look for When Choosing Playground Surfacing

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When choosing the perfect surface for your new playground, it’s important to research the various options and speak with experts in the industry. Your playground likely has some unique needs and requirements and a playground surfacing expert can help you determine which surfacing type is best for the specific site and playground visitors. In some cases, one surface type may … Read More

The Benefits of Play for Child Development

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It’s no doubt that play is an important part of a child’s life. In fact, many people claim that their favorite memories from their childhood include play, whether it’s playing tag with the neighbor kids or playing on the playground at recess. And while it may be obvious that this is an important part of childhood, there is so much … Read More

The Importance of Playground Maintenance

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While playground maintenance might feel like a hassle, it is an important part of being responsible for a playground. Regular playground inspections and maintenance keeps the area safe and attractive, and it extends your playground’s useful life. If you can’t remember the last time you properly inspected your playground, consider why regular inspections and maintenance is essential: Maintenance Safeguards Playing … Read More