Chameleon Slides Miracle Recreation

New Freestanding Chameleon Slide For Your Play Area!

 

New Freestanding Slide For Your Play Ground

New Freestanding Slide For Your Play Ground

Add a colourful twist to your play ground with the new freestanding Chameleon slide!

The Chameleon II Slide series features a “no-deck” design that you can customize in endless configurations and colours. It fits in tight areas to maximize the play, and can be used in combination with all our PlayPower Canada products.

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.”

Fundraising for A Community Playground

Excellent Resource On “How To Build A Community Playground”

If you are looking for an insider’s view of what it is like to fundraise, and then build, a community playground you should check out the Valley Family Fun article at http://www.valleyfamilyfun.ca/index.php/blog/how-build-playground/.

The author, Laura Churchill Duke from Nova Scotia, has helped raise the funds and build 2 beautiful, inclusive, destination playgrounds. The article walks you through how everything from forming a committee to writing grant applications to building the play equipment. Laura also covers everything in between – including a list of charities and donors that could be potential partners.

It is inspiring to see what contributions a dedicated group can make to their community!

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Canada’s Parks Day 2014 On July 19th

 

The 3rd Saturday of July each year is Canada’s Parks Day! This Got Parks link lists activities in a park near you.

Canada’s Parks Day is an annual event where Canadians participate in fun, educational, family-oriented events in parks and Historic Sites across the country. Many activities highlight the important role that parks play in maintaining healthy and resilient ecosystems, protecting critical habitat for species-at-risk and contributing to human health and well-being.

Nature's Choice

More information can be found at these Canadian Parks Council members’  Parks Day Event Websites:

Alberta: http://albertaparks.ca/albertaparksca/news-events/parks-day.aspx

Manitoba: www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/parks/camping/info/parksday.html

Ontario: www.OntarioParks.com/events

Yukon: http://www.env.gov.yk.ca/environment-you/CanadasParksDay.php

Parks Canada: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/voyage-travel/celebrations2014.aspx

Saskatchewan: http://www.saskparks.net/pages/Events.aspx

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Orbit Playground Equipment

Orbit landing in Canadian play spaces!

The Orbit is a robust and stylish roundabout, designed for fun social interaction by the leading Swedish play equipment company, HAGS. A favourite in Europe, it is just being released for Canadian play areas.

See a video of it in action at Orbit Video.

HAGS Orbit fun!

More information is available from your local PlayPower Canada representative.

HAGS Orbit for your play area!

The Orbit is 1.8m (5.9′) in diameter and has heavy-duty internal bearings.

RedDot Design Award Winner

PlayPower Canada Unveils New Wooden Playground Solution!

PlayPower Canada just completed this huge wooden playground & the kids can’t wait to play.  Crafted in our Swedish factory, HAGS installations around the world have been receiving great responses.

Landscape Architects and specifiers searching for a different look, and a different feel, are turning to our HAGS equipment to create special destination parks.

Kids Having Fun on Playground

“First ever” Atlantic Recreation and Facilities Conference and Trade Show in Moncton

The “first ever” combined Atlantic Recreation and Facilities Conference and Trade Show is in Moncton, New Brunswick this week. Starting on April 23rd and running until April 25th, 2014, the conference is a partnership between Recreation New Brunswick, Recreation PEI, Recreation Nova Scotia, Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador, and Recreation Facility Association of Nova Scotia.  Plan to attend to see the latest in best practices and products for your community. Your local park and play expert, Scott O’Reilly of PlayPower Canada, will be on hand in booth 42 to discuss your projects and needs.

For more information go to http://www.recreationnb.ca/ or contact Scott O’Reilly at scott.oreilly@playpower.com

Educational Symposium In Ottawa

On April 11, 2014, Playground Planners hosted an Educational Symposium to help Landscape Architects and planners understand the latest solutions for public parks. This was a full day event featuring presentations from play industry experts, including Designing Inclusive Play Areas, new fitness solutions, and new products from Sweden.

The event was well attended and resulted in many excellent questions and discussions. If you missed this valuable event please contact Playground Planners to help you utilize the latest solutions for your project at http://playgroundplanners.com