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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Chicago Parks District Installs 11 New Burke Playgrounds!

Last spring, Mayor Emanuel launched the Chicago Plays! playground renovation program. Through this initiative, the Chicago Park District plans to rebuild or repair 325 commercial playgrounds over the next five years. “Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! program was developed to insure that families across the city can access colorful and inviting playgrounds,” said Michael Kelly, Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO. “We are pleased to be able to renovate more playgrounds and impact more communities than expected this year.” In 2014 ...

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Muckleshoot Early Childhood Education Center

In the spring of 2014 Buell Recreation was awarded the Muckleshoot Early Childhood Education Center playground contract. The contracts included the demolition, removal and disposal of the current play structures and surfacing. The scope of this massive project consisted of approximately 25,000 ft.² spread out over three individual areas. The size of this project required a precise timeline in order to complete all three phase while keeping one phase open to the students at all times. The project started on ...

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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 ...