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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 ...

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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 ...

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May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

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 ...

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A great way to bring the community together – build a playground!

At Burke, we work with communities everywhere to build playgrounds and always love the excitement, cooperation and fun that comes from creating and installing a new playground for all to share. Community builds provide the forum for community members, regardless of differences, to work side-by-side for the better of their community. During the build process, a community is able to capitalize on the resources found within and translates that into financial savings and pride in ownership. A community built ...

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Family YMCA Celebrates Playground Opening

Family and friends of Dee Dee Hartz, business supports, community members, Miller Family members, city dignitaries, and most importantly, neighborhood children, gathered to enthusiastically celebrate the recent opening of an inspiring new playground at the Family YMCA of Fayette County in Vandalia, Illinois. The play area was designed to celebrate the impactful life of longtime YMCA employee Dee Dee Hartz, who passed away in 2012. Hartz was a passionate community advocate and aspired to provide a playground at the YMCA ...

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