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Outdoor Spaces for the Win

Spending time outdoors is important for both mental and physical health. People are more active when they are outside and children learn better. There is Vitamin D and it’s a sensory-rich environment. Active communities do better. This may seem like an obvious statement but hear us out. They do better in ways that are above and beyond obesity rates and high blood pressure scores, although those are better as well. Research shows that active communities have lower unemployment scores ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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

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 ...

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    Movement and fitness are so important and parks, playgrounds, recreation and outdoor fitness spaces are the perfect places to move. Getting everyone moving is crucial to the physical and mental wellbeing of the community and gives us healthy ways to connect, engage and play together. In our home community of ...

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