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  • sPEAKing our minds – Fueling Your Body for Exercise

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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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  • Work That Moves Us.

    Work That Moves Us.

    Work That Moves Us.

    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.   Professional: Landscape Architect/Playground Designer, Mechanical Design Engineer, Software Analyst/Programmer and Territory Sales Manager – Northern CA   Manufacturing: Welder, General Factory – Powder Coating, and Machine Operator – Metal Fabrication   Internships: Civil Engineering Intern and Mechanical Engineering Intern

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  • 2017 Great Play Giveaway Winner Announced!

    2017 Great Play Giveaway Winner Announced!

    2017 Great Play Giveaway Winner Announced!

    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 ...

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  • BCI Burke Company awarded national cooperative contract with National IPA

    BCI Burke Company awarded national cooperative contract with National IPA

    BCI Burke Company awarded national cooperative contract with National IPA

    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 ...

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