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.

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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

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 www.recreationnl.com

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

Accessible Playground Equipment

Fergus Rotary Accessible Playground featured in OPA Accessibility Training

Fergus, Ontario, Canada, has a fun, beautiful Accessible Playground that has attracted the attention of the Ontario Parks Association (OPA). The OPA offers seminars on Accessibility Training and has produced a 30 minute video review of this playground to use in the seminars to explain how to make a play area inclusive.

The video features interviews with children and parents on the pros and cons of surfacing options, ramps versus transfer stations, upper body development opportunities and the merits of various activity panels to address a variety of disabilities. It also tells 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.

For more information about this training or the Fergus Rotary Accessible Playground, please contact your local PlayPower Canada representative.

The video is available on YouTube, separated into three 10 minute sections:

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