Biba-Enabled Play

NRPA Survey + Using Technology To Connect Kids to Nature

Free games to encourage healthy outdoor playDid you know the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) publishes the results of its monthly park and recreation surveys? The surveys are part of its official polling group, the NRPA Park Pulse and are available to the public on the NRPA website. Click the image below to see an infographic of the results.

In July 2018, the focus was on Drawing Kids to Nature Through Tech, and the findings revealed that 77% of the parents surveyed agreed that “merging technology and nature will increase children’s desire to go to parks.”  In a related article, Barbara Tulipane, CAE, NRPA President and CEO is quoted as saying “The negative effects too much screen time can have on a child’s development are well-known. However, when used responsibly, technology can be used to connect children to their natural surroundings, especially in parks where opportunities to bridge technology and nature exist.”

PlayPower Canada is well aware of how tech can actually draw children to play and experience the great outdoors. In February 2015 we launched mobile games optimized for PlayPower playgrounds, then in early 2016 followed up with free games to encourage outdoor play. Both these articles feature Biba mobile apps and Biba-activated playgrounds from PlayPower. Since then, Biba-activated playgrounds have been installed across Canada, delighting families with their ability to add digital elements like treasure maps and obstacle course challenges to play areas. The Journal of Child Health Care published an article on a study noting that Biba playground play results in greater amounts of moderate to vigorous physical activity – a great outcome given the challenges parents are facing with when trying to encourage their children to get healthy, physical activity. To see other ways Biba is benefiting parks in Canada, click here to learn about playground data reports on our website.

The experts at PlayPower Canada are here to help you create the best solution for your site and community. Along with our accessible, inclusive, and smart playgrounds, we offer formal training, workshops, webinars, and informational kits to share successful models and challenges we’ve overcome along the way.

Contact your local PlayPower Canada rep today to find out more about using technology to connect kids to nature.

Melissa Sheridan of CRCS Wins 40 Under Forty Award

President of CRCS Recreation, Melissa

Melissa Sheridan, the President of CRCS Recreation, the Miracle Recreation and Little Tikes Commercial representative agency in Northern Ontario, was recently named one of the winners of the 2017 40 Under Forty Award by Northern Ontario Business, an integrated media outlet dedicated to providing vital news and relevant business information and events for the most influential business leaders and decision makers across Northern Ontario. This honour is given to young emerging leaders who are actively involved and excelling in their work as well as through their contributions to the Greater Sudbury community in Ontario.

In addition to being President of CRCS Recreation, Melissa holds the title of Park Leader at Kivi Park, Ontario’s premiere destination for sport, nature and adventure, set on 450+ acres of Cambrian Shield overlooking Long Lake in Sudbury, Ontario.

As Park Leader, Melissa is the liaison with non-profit organizations to plan and execute events, works with donors and sponsors to continuously expand the park’s sporting facilities and beautification efforts and acts as the Kivi Park spokesperson. Melissa has been President of CRCS Recreation since 2001 and has been Park Leader at Kivi Park since the announcement of its creation in the spring of 2016.

CRCS Recreation is a team of professional playground consultants and park designers who have constructed hundreds of playgrounds, splash pads, sporting venues and park furnishing sites throughout Northern Ontario.

Share the Fun and Inspire!

Stait Park, the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora Accessible Playground, has been featured in The Ontario Parks Association (OPA) offers seminars on Accessibility Training.

This park is a wonderful fundraising success story for this small town with a population of 20,000 people that was able to raise the funds to build this park in 9 months. Contributions came from local companies, local individuals, the Rotary club and a provincial grant.

Some notable features of this beautiful, inclusive play structure are:

– deck access by ramps, transfer station and climbers

– Picture Communication Symbols

– the Tree Climb that reflects the natural environment

– a wheelchair accessible “Rock’n Ship glider” that has an area of 70 sq. ft. (6.5 sq. m) to allow ample space for all children (and caregivers) to play together while enjoying the rocking motion.

– 18 months to 5 year and 5 to 12 year play solutions

– a group swing

– braille features and deck edge markers to make sure

children with vision impairments enjoy this

“park for everybody.”

Here is a video of the park to share the fun and inspire.

Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora Accessible Playground

Cinderella Carriage Playground Equipment

Pumpkin Playground Delights Community!

Children love the new “Pumpkin Playground” recently opened in San Martin Park. It is a fully inclusive playground with a wide variety of play opportunities, but it is the imaginative play that really gets fired up when children (and adults) arrive at the Pumpkin Carriage.

Residents stop in the park not only to play, but also have birthday, prom and even wedding pictures taken!

Call your local PlayPower Canada representative for more details.

Playground Play Equipment Play ground

Pumpkin Playground from PlayPower

Newfoundland Playground - PlayPower Canada

Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador’s 43rd Annual General Meeting, Conference & Tradeshow Runs May 30 & 31, 2014.

Book your trip to Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, for Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador’s 43rd Annual General Meeting, Conference & Tradeshow on May 30 & 31, 2014. The agenda for this event packed from early morning to late at night, but make sure to stop by the Coastline Specialties booth during the Exhibitor’s Trade Show/Wine & Cheese Social from 8:30pm to 11pm on Friday, May 30, 2014. Introduce yourself to Colin Hawco and learn about the latest PlayPower Canada offerings from Little Tikes, Miracle and HAGS!

More information on this event is available at