Barry Donoghue Memorial Park Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting At Donoghue Memorial Park

PlayPower has a close connection to Donoghue Memorial Park that just opened in Ottawa, Canada. It is named for Barry Donoghue, spouse of PlayPower representative Maryanne Swinimer of Playground Planners. Barry installed for Playground Planners, and would often donate his time and labour to good causes. He was a reliable, honorable, and trustworthy man that always had the children’s safety as his first priority.

In 2008 Barry was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. He fought a very brave battle but unfortunately lost his fight in April 2009. He left behind two young sons; Nathan and Myles and his wife, Maryanne. Playground Planners petitioned the City of Ottawa to rename a park in Barry’s neighbourhood to the Donoghue Memorial Park. After much consultation, it was renamed in March 2012.

On August 23rd, 2014, the ribbon was finally cut on the cool, new play equipment bringing the 4 year project to a conclusion.  Everyone is so excited and overwhelmed by the generosity of the suppliers, volunteers and crew. We are sure Barry would be proud to put his name on a beautiful park that is so close to the home and the family he cared so deeply about.


Barry Donoghue and Maryanne Swinimer

Barry Donoghue and Maryanne Swinimer

Overall shot Donoghue Park 2

You can also listen to a CBC radio segment on Donoghue Park at the CBC site.



HAGS Zipline

New Zipline Just Released For Your Play Area – The Mantis From HAGS!

Bring the feeling of flight to your playground with the HAGS Mantis cable way – and feel the wind in your hair! Available in thrilling 65′ and 98′ lengths.
This innovative design provides a controlled yet thrilling ride for children who want to soar. The Mantis requires a weight of at least 45 lbs (20 kg) to release the brake, thus ensuring the seat does not move without a rider.
This is a favorite play event across the ocean that just became available in North America.
Swing Seat for Inclusive Playground

“Making Our Little Man’s Dream Come True”

PlayPower Inclusive Swing Seat

PlayPower Inclusive Swing Seat

Cam and Jane Schell host a special needs child in their home in Stevensville, Ontario. The child enjoys the PlayPower Inclusive Swing seat in their local park so much they applied for a grant to have one installed in his backyard. PlayPower representative Elaine Tully turned the quote around in 2 hours to meet the grant deadline, and PlayPower received this quick note of thanks:

“Dear Elaine – thank you so very much for the swing the guys were just here and installed it today and we are very, very happy. Thank you for making our little man’s dream come true – it looks awesome. I must also say the installation company you have is more than awesome. I found them all to be very polite and very professional they were freely answering my questions and were VERY proficient in the clean up and left me with a beautiful swing set…Thanks to you, your company and to the installers, everything is wonderful.”