Guest Bloggers: Jenn Pontello and DJ Thompson, Trainers, Peak Performance Fitness & Nutrition
PLAY THAT MOVES YOU! That would be their motto, BCI Burke would be their name. If you haven’t heard of them…you will! Last April we got our chance when the Town of Apex, through the recommendation of Barrs Recreation, brought the first obstacle course (ELEVATE) of its kind in the Nation to Apex Community Park.
They could’ve kept it simple: “build it and let them play”, but not Burke. That's where Peak Performance Fitness & Nutrition (Peak) came in. They asked us, to run a group of kids ranging from 13-18 through the ELEVATE course to collect data. It meant more to Burke then just seeing kids have fun, they also wanted to measure their capability to improve their performance while having fun.
We designed an 8-week program consisting of a 3-level curriculum. Using our background in functional training, we monitored the kid’s growth. Functional training, simply put, is training the body for everyday movements within the home, work, general activity and sports. We challenged the ...
From devastation comes rebuilding. From sadness comes laughter. From a monumental flood comes a renewed greenspace.
We had the privilege of touring the site that became Lemann Playground on Lafitte Greenway during the planning phase. All around this greenspace, the community was rebuilding. Play and parks are a powerful way to connect neighbors and families and give communities a sense of pride. Parks like Lemann Playground become a hub of activity, providing an environment ripe for businesses to open and service this growing population. Here people will gather, spend time outside, develop physically, emotionally, socially. They will laugh, share and play. BCI Burke is proud to partner with the NRPA, Parks Building Community and NORD to bring Play That Moves You to New Orleans and provide a space this community will benefit from for years to come.
WATCH NRPA'S VIDEO OF THE 2017 PROJECT, LAFITTE GREENWAY IN NEW ORLEANS!
All children deserve access to a space where they can learn new skills and further develop pre-existing ones. Few designers, however, consider children of all abilities while they are designing a playground. This leads to some children being alienated from others and their chance to learn essential skills while playing. Since no one wants to see a child left out, this article aims to educate designers and parents alike on not only the importance of inclusive spaces but also the simple considerations that need to be made to make one possible.
The first aspect of designing an inclusive space is understanding that there is a difference in the words inclusive and accessible. Even though the two terms are often used synonymously, accessible refers to the ability to easily approach, reach, enter, speak with or use. In terms of an accessible playground, this would be one that includes ramps for children to enter and certain objects (not all) within reach of the individuals. In essence, it is including more children, but it is not yet inclusive.
An inclusive space covers everything ...
More growth. More fun. More laughter. More time. More socialization. More development. More play. Play is one thing you can’t have too much of and Burke wants to help communities get more play in their budget! We are offering up to 35% off of select playground structures and an additional free item designed to pair with the chosen structure. Check out our sale here and see how play can move you!
What does it mean to us at Burke? It means working at Burke is more than just a job…it means we are passionate about creating the best playground products in the industry! It also means provide an environment that nurtures creative people, innovative thinking and forward-looking and that our pay and benefits packages are competitive.
Burke is a company on the move and we are hiring for a variety of professional and manufacturing positions. We are willing to train people that display traits we think will be a great match for all of us. Visit us at bciburke.com for more information and to apply.
Landscape Architect/Playground Designer, Mechanical Design Engineer, Software Analyst/Programmer and Territory Sales Manager – Northern CA
Welder, General Factory – Powder Coating, and Machine Operator – Metal Fabrication
Civil Engineering Intern and Mechanical Engineering Intern
We are so excited to announce Gustavo Vergara, Culture and Leisure Services Director, from the City of Cape Canaveral as the winner of the Great Play Giveaway presented by Parks & Recreation Business and Camp Business Magazine! As the winner, the City will receive a brand-new Nucleus®/Intensity® playground valued at almost $30,000!
As part of the third annual contest, all recreation departments and camps could enter to win a playground for their community that will help children develop skills that transcend the playground, including motor skills, cognitive planning and cooperation. Cape Canaveral will install this brand new playground customized with bright colors to fit the surroundings and enhance their city branding.
“Playgrounds and parks play an important role in providing a space for families to be active, to socialize and get much-needed time outdoors,” said Michael Phelan, president and CEO of BCI Burke. “We are so happy to be able to partner with Northstar Publishing, Inc. and provide a deserving community with a playground that will provide years of active enjoyment and development,” Phelan added.
Cape Canaveral is planning to install the ...
BCI Burke Company has been awarded a national cooperative contract by Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX, made available through National IPA, to provide playground and recreation products to government agencies and educational institutions throughout the country.
After competitively soliciting the contract, Region 4 ESC awarded the contract to BCI Burke on April 28, 2017. Through the agreement, BCI Burke’s products will be made available to all participants of National IPA.
“National IPA is pleased to be partnering with BCI Burke to offer this competitively solicited and awarded agreement lead by Region 4 ESC. BCI Burke provides a breadth of playground and recreation options, built with the exceptional quality that will benefit National IPA’s participating agencies throughout the country,” said Ken Heckman, senior vice president, account management.
National IPA is one of the fastest-growing cooperative purchasing organizations in the nation, and each contract is written to ensure maximum value and public procurement compliance for all parties involved. Additionally, a significant portion of National IPA’s revenue is allocated to education initiatives.
“Our contract with National IPA simplifies the process for customers to purchase ...
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month – a perfect time to set goals and get more active! The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition challenges adults to 30 minutes of physical activity each day during May.
Adding 30 minutes to an already busy schedule might seem daunting, but there are ways to incorporate activity into your day that won’t require complete rearrangement.
Walking. Mayo Clinic says taking a regular brisk walk can help maintain weight and prevent things like high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Walk while your child is at baseball practice and, if you are feeling extra energetic, add in some squats and walking lunges for a dose of strength training.
PLAY. Playing is not only fun and social for kids and families but it is a great way to exercise! Head to the playground (walk or bike if you can!) and play with your child(ren) on the monkey bars, swings and climbers - you will have time with your kids and get exercise together!
Active workplaces. We’ve all heard that sitting at a desk all day is ...
Bring play to your community with Burke’s Spring Sale! We are so excited to make bringing play to your community even more affordable! We have more than 27 Burke playground structures that are up to 40% off list price! That means you can get more play value, development and community at a significant savings during this sale! Check out all of our sale structures and see how play can move you!