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Lester Community Park Downer's Grove Illinois

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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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 ...

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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 ...