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Play Moves Us in so many ways and we want to share our passion with you! From industry news and trends to Burke sales and products, PlayTalk brings important information right to you.

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    Great Design Comes from Great Research

    Great Design Comes from Great Research

    We know parks, recreation and outdoor fitness areas are critical to the health and wellness of communities. It’s why we do what we do and are so passionate about bringing Play That Moves You to communities around the world. And we want to know more, to do more. So, we partnered with NRPA to invest in research that will show us the impact of an inclusive play environment in the Carrolton Ridge neighborhood, west of downtown Baltimore. Not only does this space positively impact the community, it will teach us more about play and product design and provide valuable information we can share with our team and our customers to help them bring a higher level of play to their community. See what we’ve done and where the next phase of research is going! Learn More

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    Move Forward Playground Sales Event

    Move Forward Playground Sales Event

    Forward is defined as what is in front of you. And we’re looking at what’s in front of us. Communities that seek to get outside. People that crave a sense of normalcy. Adults and children that want to - need to - play. There are so many ways to move forward. We’ve chosen to work with what we know best – play, playgrounds, outdoor fitness and recreation. Providing some of our favorite play environments that beckon to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to head outdoors at up to 50% off list price is how we know to help communities move forward. Join Our Forward Movement and see how play can move your community. Shop the Sale!

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    Play Moves Lester Elementary

    Play Moves Lester Elementary

    Lester Elementary School in Downers Grove, IL is boasting a new inclusively-designed play environment where everyone can develop, grow, socialize and play together! This new playspace consists of two BCI Burke playgrounds featuring bright colors and unmatched play variety, including sliding, swinging, climbing, games, communication panels and more. During non-school hours, this engaging play environment functions as a community park where the community can gather and enjoy time outdoors. See what a local blogger has to say about this incredible space and how Lester Elementary brought Play That Moves You to their community!

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    Step Outside for Learning!

    Step Outside for Learning!

    Being outdoors with room to move, learn and be together, apart, is the place to be right now. We're feeling pretty inspired by the need to create these outdoor learning spaces and thinking beyond the classroom walls. Check out our latest in outdoor classroom, fitness and music exploration...we hope it will move you as much as it moved us! Learn more about Burke's Outdoor Classroom designs!

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    Play as a Uniting Force

    Play as a Uniting Force

    At Burke, play is our passion, our mission and our business. Above anything else, our work focuses on bringing Play That Moves You to all communities around the world. This year is a challenging one and recent national events have added to the divisiveness in many of our communities. We believe play is more important now than ever before and it is equally important that we stand together in play and understand that even in the toughest times, play is a bright light. Not only is it beneficial to each individual, it unites us and brings us together. Our belief is that play can be a catalyst for positive change. We believe children, families and communities belong outside - moving, developing and growing. Play builds community and it is our job help them provide fun, engaging and developmentally-rich spaces for all people, of all ages, abilities, ethnicities and races. As we encourage people and communities to step outside, we feel it is important to challenge ourselves inside to keep creating an equitable, diverse environment that respects all differences. We know that ...

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    Play Moves the Marengo Valley School Community

    Play Moves the Marengo Valley School Community

    For the past five years, parents and students at Marengo Valley School have worked toward a singular goal - raise money for a playground. But they didn't want just any playground - they wanted a space that would challenge and engage children of all ages and abilities and encourage them to be outdoors moving around and having fun. You know, playing! Earlier this month they saw their hard work pay off when their BCI Burke playground equipment arrived in time for the community build. With the help of Lee Recreation, a Wisconsin-based BCI Burke commercial playground Representative, volunteers and school officials, the Marengo Valley Home and School Association constructed a new playground and outdoor classroom that will serve students for years to come. “We think our kids deserve a nice playground to play on,” said Erica Lehto, the association’s president and the mother of six children who have gone to Marengo Valley. “It was something we wanted to raise the money for because we think it’s important that our kids could play outside on good, safe quality playground equipment.” "Until the new ...

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    Social Fitnessing Helps Us Stay Fit and Healthy

    Social Fitnessing Helps Us Stay Fit and Healthy

    We need movement. It’s essential to our lives and our overall health. As we return to outdoor fitness areas, we return to a new normal. Enter social fitnessing. Social fitnessing is a way to create space to move, practice safe distancing and encourage each other while maintaining a safe distance. While social fitnessing can be practiced anywhere, it is much easier to practice outdoors where space is prevalent and many obstacle course and other exercise areas are already designed to provide appropriate space. Besides just the space factor, outdoor exercise is an incredible way to get your workout while experiencing other benefits inherent in spending time outdoors in recreation and outdoor fitness areas. Time spent outdoors has benefits like stress reduction, a rise in creativity and offers a healthy dose of immune-boosting Vitamin D. Interestingly enough, when people exercise outside, their perceived level of effort is lower allowing for longer and more intense workouts. If that’s not enough, outdoor fitness and recreation areas can be a great way to spend time with family out of the home…and so many of ...

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    Music and Mental Health

    Music and Mental Health

    “Music can heal the wounds that medicine cannot touch.” (Debasish Mridha) I had been so excited to write about Burke’s amazing PlayEnsemble line this month. I teach K-5 general music and couldn’t wait to plan engaging lessons for my students using the outdoor instruments this spring; lessons I could share with other music educators and park and rec departments. We were going to jam, play our favorite songs, play along with recorders and ukuleles, spread joy; but then COVID-19 had made its way to the United States and schools were closed for the remainder of the year. The words “quarantine,” distance/virtual learning,” and “social distancing” are a part of our normal vocabularies now. This has been a trying time for all of us, both physically and mentally. We know how to take care of our bodies (eat well, exercise, wash hands, avoid touching one’s face, etc.), but how do we take care of ourselves mentally? Meditation? Reflection? Journaling? Therapy? While I am not a licensed therapist, counselor or psychologist, I do understand the healing power of music.   “Music has healing power. ...

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    Play Will Always Move Us

    Play Will Always Move Us

    If movement is life then Play That Moves You speaks to the importance of play in our lives. From social and emotional development to physical and cognitive growth, play is the backdrop to many happy times had and yet to come. During this pandemic, many playgrounds were closed and children, communities and families had to find new ways to connect and play. While some playgrounds are reopening and communities begin to come back, we return with a new appreciation for connection, laughter and play. As we get back to play in a new normal, there are an incredible amount of resources available to help us return and be mindful of new ways and new approaches to play. Being outdoors has an extraordinary amount of benefits and getting back outside in a prudent manner can benefit the health and well-being of people and communities. One resource that offers practical suggestions and guidance for a return to play and the outdoors is Voice of Play. Visit their site to get the latest ideas and tips and see how play can move ...

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    Making a Difference

    Making a Difference

    As part of the Play20 campaign, we organized a trail clean-up. Like most things, COVID-19 had other plans and meeting in groups – even to clean a trail – was no longer responsible. So, one of our employees who is staying in New Mexico during this time, decided to clean a trail anyway. Picking up a trail that people can use while practicing social distancing creates a more pleasant experience and environment for everyone. Right now, more and more people are getting outdoors for both mental and physical health and our trails need some extra love. It’s what Play20 is all about – leaving the world a better, happier, more playful place to be. This is Sarah’s, a Marketing Communications Specialist at Burke, take on the experience. Trails have always been a place of happiness, solace and fun for me so when I was able to organize a trail clean-up as part of the Play20 campaign, it was perfect. As things around us changed and COVID-19 meant meeting in groups wasn’t responsible anymore, I still wanted to do something. Now, ...

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    Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Burke Playground

    Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Burke Playground

    Having a clean playspace is always important and necessary. It improves the experience of users and promotes hygiene and health. With COVID-19 on everyone’s mind, addressing the cleaning of playgrounds and recreation areas has taken on a new importance. When looking for information on cleaning community spaces, especially for COVID-19, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website is the best location to go to for current information and best practices. The CDC publishes Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations that provide guidelines on cleaning surfaces and following their recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting all playground surfaces will yield the best results. As far as Burke equipment goes, we have tested several different types of cleaners and disinfectants on the various playground surfaces, such as PVC, powder coated steel and aluminum, plastic, rope and rubber. After testing, we don’t anticipate any issues with cleaners causing harm to Burke playground equipment and your warranty will remain in effect for its duration. Remember to only follow the CDC’s guidelines for cleaning surfaces. Below are the guidelines – happy cleaning! To begin, all surfaces should be ...

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    Why We're Passionate About Movement

    Why We're Passionate About Movement

    Keeping kids, families and communities moving is something we're passionate about - especially in these unprecedented times of uncertainty and social distancing. People are seeking time outdoors as a respite. And for good reason - outdoor play is a great way to curb too much screen time, loneliness, depression and anxiety. Some heartening news... people in the medical community are starting to take notice of the importance of time spent outdoors, moving and socializing. Articles like this one shared here are helping us to keep pursuing what we love - giving everyone the opportunity to improve health and have fun.  Read the article.

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    PlayEnsemble® and Music Education

    PlayEnsemble® and Music Education

    "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." ~Plato Music is an essential part of being human. Music and art define generations, cultures, religions and is a part of our everyday lives. It can unite the world in a way that words alone cannot. We do not need to speak the same language or come from the same background to understand and appreciate music; it speaks to us as human beings. For some of us, our first musical experience may have been at home when our parents or caregivers sang to us as infants and played singing and rhyming games with us as toddlers. For others, it may have come from a place of worship or school. Regardless of our initial exposure and experience with music, it is something we are all entitled to and in need of, despite physical limitations, location or socioeconomic background. School music programs are the perfect place for children to gain exposure of music. It is here that a lifelong love and appreciation for music ...

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    sPEAKing Our Minds - The Importance of Water

    sPEAKing Our Minds - The Importance of Water

    It's 2020 and, for many of us, it's a time to set resolutions. Drinking and getting more water is low-hanging fruit... something we can do without a lot of effort and very little to no money! AND... a ton of benefits. Hydration matters, whether you're running, working out, or just trying to stay out of the dirt, your water intake is vital. Our bodies NEED water to function, plain and simple! There are so many wonderful effects water has on the body. Here are some of them: Cushions joints and vital organs Moistens oxygen for breathing Carries nutrients and oxygen to cells Aids in digestion Helps absorb nutrients Acts as the foundation of youth Balances lymph system Helps with weight loss Converts food to energy It is doctor recommended that you drink 8-10 cups of water every day to properly hydrate the human body. Positive outcomes of proper hydration include more regularity, beautiful skin and dropping pounds; however, we'd like to introduce you to what happens if you are not getting enough water. We'll call it water's big brother - D'hydration. Take a look to see if you have ...

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    Play That Moves Us

    Play That Moves Us

    We often hear that one person can make a difference...in this case we see it firsthand. Devin Handy, a teenager from Victoria, Texas, who used GoFundMe to raise $700 and help a community park that had been destroyed by a fire, is on a mission for 2020. His mission is to make even more of a difference in the lives of people and to help the environment. Learn more about his story. Play is our passion, our mission and our business so stories like Devin's help us realize the true power of play. Working with our Representative Firm, fun abounds, we hope to bring much more play to Victoria, Texas in the future.

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    sPEAKing Our Minds: How to Eat Healthier Around the Holidays

    sPEAKing Our Minds: How to Eat Healthier Around the Holidays

    Notice we said healthier…lifestyle changes are sustainable and allow for us to indulge sometimes and still be on plan. The holiday season is upon us and many times families and friends get together and enjoy all types of food, prepared by different family members...and that last part is noted because everyone isn’t preparing the meal based on your dietary needs or wants.  Read more for some strategies that will help you enjoy the holidays and still come out on the other side feeling good.         1. Mindset. Go into the holidays with a positive mindset. You don’t have to go into giving up ALL desserts and counting every calorie. BUT you can go into knowing that you don’t want to overeat to the point you have to wear your stretchy sweat pants or take Pepto shots to get through the night. Go into it with a plan, some discipline, and some Pepto on hand just in case things don’t go as planned.          2. Plan. Having a plan helps to put what we want into words. ...

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    THIS IS YOUR BRAIN...ON MUSIC!

    THIS IS YOUR BRAIN...ON MUSIC!

    You may have heard that music can make you smarter, more focused and relaxed.  We’ve seen research about the “Mozart Effect” with infants, heard about band and choir students scoring higher on tests, and even music as a tool to delay dementia in the elderly- but how does this all work?  Let’s explore the effects of music on the brain and see how music can move us cognitively and improve everything from language to literacy! When you were just a baby, your main form of communication was to cry - when you were hungry, needed a diaper change, a nap.  Our parents and caregivers probably rocked us, held us and maybe even sang to us.  Singing not only alters a baby’s mood, but it promotes paternal-infant bonding, helps with baby’s sense of awareness and attention and increases neuroplasticity in their brains.  Like we discussed in our last blog post, a child’s brain develops new pathways with each musical experience.  This also helps children as they learn to speak and read.  Making music also develops and strengthens the inner ear, which ...

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    NRPA 2019

    NRPA 2019

    The NRPA Annual Conference is upon us and this time we’re headed to Baltimore to engage with more than 8,000 people who are passionate about parks and recreation just like we are! Our favorite part of NRPA is all the people – it’s an opportunity for us to connect with people who understand and share our desire for more – more parks and play environments, more time spent outdoors, more spaces for people to get moving and areas that inspire, develop and help everyone find the best of themselves through play. We’re happy to be part of the Parks Build Community again this year and can’t wait to leave Baltimore a little more playful than before. In addition to this, we have a whole host of events happening at Burke booth 4416 and at our social! From giveaways to product innovations and games to coffee and tea, there’s a variety of reasons to stop and visit us. Here is our entire schedule and consider this your formal invitation to Join Our Movement and see how play can move you!

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    July is Park & Rec Month

    July is Park & Rec Month

      Time spent outside is priceless and there is no better place to get outdoors than a park! To celebrate July as Park and Recreation month, we are listing the top five reasons outdoor play is the best! So get to your local park and reap the benefits! 5. Being outside is a sensory experience like no other! The sun on your skin, the wind in your face, the texture of rocks and leaves are just a few of the sensory experiences you will have outdoors. If you’re at a local playground, you might feel the texture of the rope, the breeze as you swing or hear the laughter of children as they slide. However you experience your local park or playground, know the sensory experience is exactly what you need! 4. Increased attention span. Spending time outdoors regularly fosters curious, self-directed children. And they are likely to stay on task longer and follow through on work. Numerous studies have shown children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who spent significant time outdoors exhibited fewer symptoms. 3. Improved development in ALL ...

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    Music Play That Moves You

    Music Play That Moves You

    German poet Hermann Hesse said that “making music together is the best way for two people to become friends.” Burke’s all new PlayEnsemble™ line is designed to do just that - to bring families and communities together to play and make music with high quality outdoor musical instruments. Burke wowed us again with amazing new, high quality music products, including drums, chimes and a metallophone, all of which can withstand the elements and provide an authentic environment for collaboration and play for all ages and abilities. MUSIC FOR THE MIND AND BODY Music and movement are powerful ways to promote wellness, healthy brain development and social connections. Did you know that making music accelerates brain development and promotes neuroplasticity in children? As you make music, the brain develops new pathways with each experience. This also helps children as they learn to speak and read. Making music develops and strengthens the inner ear, which is where we process and understand literacy skills. Think back to when you first learned to speak. Did your parents teach you ...

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    Bringing Play to Phoenix!

    Bringing Play to Phoenix!

    Play is essential to childhood – to development, to exploration and to learning. The Phoenix Elementary School District understands the importance of play and is revitalizing many of the playgrounds to add more opportunities for children to get the most out of play! Using the Mohave Educational Services Cooperative, they were able to streamline the purchasing process and get to the fun of playground design! Having areas where children can move, socialize and release energy helps them learn better during classroom time. A study by IPEMA’s Voice of Play initiative found that 100 percent of teachers said recess is essential for young students’ mental and physical development. The educators surveyed went on to say that kids’ behaviors changed positively after recess. This is a huge plus for play and means that the students in the Phoenix Elementary School District are going to be exposed to a social network where they learn valuable everyday life lessons about interacting with others, develop cognitive skills, release physical energy and get much-needed outdoor time and exercise. The new play environments will be a welcome ...

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    Get in the Game with Gaga Ball!

    Get in the Game with Gaga Ball!

    The news is full of dire statistics about the health of the US. Not enough movement, poor diet and too much screen time. This is especially alarming for children ages 12-18. This age is difficult to get and keep moving – they’ve “aged out” of traditional playgrounds and yet are often too young to be interested in adult fitness classes. But they NEED movement as much or more for both physical and mental health! Enter Gaga Ball - a popular game amongst teenagers that is fast paced, high energy and keeps kids moving and engaged. So how does it work? It’s a basic game reminiscent of dodgeball that is played in an enclosed, octagonal pit with an infinite number of players. One of the best parts of Gaga though is how accessible it is to everyone. To play, you don’t need to possess extraordinary athletic abilities– it’s the great playground equalizer and helps bring everyone together. The game is played with a ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ...

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    sPEAKing Our Minds: COLD now, FAB later!!

    sPEAKing Our Minds: COLD now, FAB later!!

    Winter can be a cold and bitter time for a gym goer. The desire to workout is there, but it feels like mother nature just won’t have it. Sometimes, like bears, we wish we could just go into hibernation until that beautiful spring weather returns to rejuvenate us to get back into the swing of things. The only thing about hibernating like bears is that we might in turn end up looking like one! Not to say bears are not beautiful creatures, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard anyone wanting to look like a bear?! No excuses! We will not let the cold defeat us!! Here are a few ways we’ve conjured up to put on our long johns and get to work and get us ready to ELEVATE come warmer weather. Getting your mind right: Let’s start with your mindset. It’s safe to say that the first step you must take in making any changes begin at the top with your brain. YOU must decide just how important working out and your health is to you. Remind yourself ...

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    Bringing Adventure to the Air!

    Bringing Adventure to the Air!

    What's more fun than swinging? Swinging with a friend on the AirVenture™ Glider! Swinging is a (mostly) universal experience and we couldn't imagine how it could be better. Then...we came to AirVenture. AirVenture is a specially-designed glider that encourages cooperative play and socialization while developing balance, core strength and coordination. Swinging is a social activity that helps children learn to work together toward a common goal and develop a relationship between those children that transcends the playspace. The AirVenture can be combined with the Volito® Multi-User Swing in a Multi-Bay design, so children of all abilities can swing together in the same space. Why is this important? When children of all abilities play together in the same space it builds empathy and understanding and reduces stigmas that are sometimes present in classrooms. So, to wrap up, swinging is healthy activity that brings all children together AND, AND, it's so much fun that kids won't even know that they are developing so many skills! Is there a reason that anyone wouldn't want this on your playground? 

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    LEVELING UP Play Environments Everywhere!

    LEVELING UP Play Environments Everywhere!

    Sometimes we launch something so amazing it changes the way play environments look and feel! Level X™ is one of those launches and we are stoked to bring it to communities! Check out the video on the inspiration behind this play system and how it brings Play That Moves You® to the play environment! The Making of Level X from BCI Burke Company on Vimeo.

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    LEVEL UP Your Playground with the Burke Fall Sale

    LEVEL UP Your Playground with the Burke Fall Sale

    LEVELING UP your playground means bringing the best in play and playground equipment to your community! Whether you're part of a school, park, HOA, church or daycare, you can save up to 35% on 22 of our most popular structures and get a FREE Burke Novo Playful Furniture bicycle rack and arc bench, litter container or age sign with your purchase. That means you can LEVEL UP your playground for a less and add a special touch to make it your own. Check out all of the sale structures and see how play can move you!

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    sPEAKing Our Minds: Sorry, Sweetie...It’s Time to Break Up

    sPEAKing Our Minds: Sorry, Sweetie...It’s Time to Break Up

    No doubt about it, folks. We are in love with sugar. It’s like the bad boy (or girl) you had a major crush on in high school and couldn’t get enough of, even though everything about him was a horrible idea. You wanted him anyway. We will do anything for sugar. The food industry knows this. They keep adding more and more of it to our diet. “Give the people what they want!”, am I right? The problem is, added sugar is horrible for our health, both short and long term. Yep, kind of like that boyfriend.  “Added” sugars, by definition, are sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages when they are processed. “Naturally occurring” sugars are those already found in fruit (fructose) or milk (lactose). It’s the added sugars that are the problem. They can include, brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, molasses, raw sugar, and sucrose. It is recommended that women consume no more than 24g (6 teaspoons) per day and men 36g (9 ...

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    sPEAKing our mind Body Symmetry –Finding Our Balance

    sPEAKing our mind Body Symmetry –Finding Our Balance

    Have you ever wondered why we lean a certain way or tend to have problems on a certain side of our body? Many of these abnormalities are because we lack certain symmetry on the inside of our bodies. Most of us took anatomy, but how many of us realized the different sizes and different places our main organs are located? This is not a problem, but postural issues and muscles imbalances can happen if we don’t resolve this asymmetry. This blog will give you a PEAK into understanding your body better (inside and out) and some solutions to keeping it running like a well-oiled machine (clank-clank). Great news! No, there is no magic bean or wonder drink that can fix all our problems, but with focused strength training and a better understanding of your body and its functions you and your body can be on the same page. Let’s talk about our strength training program first. We tend to concentrate on strengthening our “mirror muscles”. Some examples are chest, quads, abs, shoulders, biceps and triceps. You’re probably aware of where these ...

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    Universal Design and Play Environments

    Universal Design and Play Environments

    Universal Design helps produce buildings, environments and products that are inherently accessible to everyone. Within a play environment, this takes on added importance as we consider the wide variety of ages and abilities that use park and play areas. While there are so many factors to consider when designing a play environment, our Top 5 are listed below. 1. Minimum Requirements Universal Design creates the greatest access, but minimum requirements need to be met too! The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the guideline for playgrounds and needs to be followed at a minimum. 2. Focus on ALL users Children aren’t the only users of park and playground areas – most of them need caregivers to bring them to the park and, studies show, the more comfortable and accessible a space is for caregivers, the more time kids will spend at the park. Products like Novo™ Playful Furniture provide caregivers a comfortable, accessible space to rest and socialize while providing children a fun place to climb, balance or observe until they are ready to play. Caregivers can be inside the playspace with the children ...

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    Connections That Move You

    Connections That Move You

    What does it really mean to connect? We’re all so “connected” with mobile devices, television and chats of all kinds that maybe the word has been diluted a bit? Burke is redefining what it means to connect on the playground with the Konnection™ Swing, part of the Burke product line dedicated to enhancing play experiences and creating memorable connections for all users. With welcoming, flowing design lines, it brings a comforting form and experience to the playground.   The Growing Need for Connection Today’s high paced world needs a space to promote true face-to-face connection, development and offer everyone an opportunity to engage. In the age of media overuse, the Konnection Swing is a timely introduction dedicated to reimagining our connections. Study after study, including a recently published study from Deloitte, conducted by Ipsos MORI, found that to be the case. According to the survey, which polled 2,000 US internet users ages 18 to 75, most people check their device approximately 47 times per day with younger users even higher at roughly 86 times a day. A Continued Focus on User Experience Creating a positive user ...

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    sPEAKing our minds – Fueling Your Body for Exercise

    sPEAKing our minds – Fueling Your Body for Exercise

    Why do you eat?  If your answer is, “Because I’m hungry.” Or, “Because my stomach growls.” Or, if you are eating on the fly, grabbing whatever is close and “easy”, you may need to refocus your efforts.  Just like you put specific gasoline in the tank of your car in a specific amount you should put specific foods in your body in specific amounts if you want your “engine” to run well and help you reach your health and fitness goals. If you typically work out on an empty stomach, STOP!  Doing this is like heading for vacation without filling your car.  You’re not going to get anywhere, so you might as well stay in bed! When you exercise without fuel you will likely experience greater fatigue during the workout resulting in shorter and/or less intense activity.  In turn, fewer total calories and less total fat are burned during the workout.  Additionally, low blood sugar can cause dizziness, nausea, headaches and may contribute to poor recovery.  When you feel good, both mentally and physically, you get the most out of ...

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    Meet Me at the Park – Grants from NRPA and Disney

    Meet Me at the Park – Grants from NRPA and Disney

    Play is an important part of community and provides a space to gather, grow, learn and share. Organizations are working to help communities bring play to their residents and we can all help spread the word about these opportunities! NRPA and Disney teamed up to provide grants to fund innovative and creative projects that transform parks and improve access to inclusive play spaces for kids (aged 3-11) and their families. Each grant is $30,000 and 25 total grants will be awarded. Please note, a 1:1 match is required. Eligible matching funds can include cash, staff time, construction costs and design fees. Be a resource for our collective customers by helping them find opportunities like this! Please see the guidelines below and visit the website for additional information. Guidelines The applicant must be a state or local government park and recreation agency, (e.g., municipal park and recreation department, tribal recreation department, park district, etc.) The project must take place at a publicly-owned site(s) in an underserved community*. Considerable progress towards the project outcomes must be demonstrated ...

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    Speaking our mind - The “ELEVATE” Experience

    Speaking our mind - The “ELEVATE” Experience

    Guest Bloggers: Jenn Pontello and DJ Thompson, Trainers, Peak Performance Fitness & Nutrition www.peakperformanceapex.com   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 ...

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    Parks Build Communities

    Parks Build Communities

    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!  

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    Ways to Make A Playground Inclusive for Everyone

    Ways to Make A Playground Inclusive for Everyone

    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 ...

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    More Play with the Play More Sale

    More Play with the Play More Sale

    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!

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