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.
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
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
— Margaret Atwood
Margaret Eleanor Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. This quote is from her book Bluebeard’s Egg.
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:
Ontario is the first province in Canada to develop an outdoor charter for children and youth to help them develop life-long connection with nature. The Charter features a passport for kids to help direct them to exciting outdoor activities including:
- Follow a trail
- Explore a park
- Harvest something to eat
- Swim in a lake
- Paddle a canoe
- Play in the snow
- Build an outdoor fort
- Visit a farm
- Camp under the stars
- Go fishing
- Observe plants and wildlife
- Create an outdoor adventure
The Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter’s aim is to get children outside to discover the wonders of nature. Spending time outdoors is essential to every child’s development, health and well-being.
You can view the charter and passport at:
Designed for children ages 5-12, the team swing allows for multiple children to safely swing together or a place to just hang out. Because it allows for group play, the Team Swing helps develop self-confidence through interaction, builds self-esteem, peer relationships, and social skill development.
Our Raft Rider independent event is combined with the new group swing frame to create a truly unique group swinging experience! Designed to allow for multiple users, the Raft Swing incorporates social play aimed at children ages 5-12, encouraging the development of social skills, but most of all, FUN!
Please contact your local PlayPower Canada representative for more information.