Optimists, Landscape Architect, And PlayPower Produce Award-Winning Design

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Doug Fountain of F.D. Fountain Landscape Architecture worked with the PlayPower representative Maryanne Swinimer of Playground Planners to create an award-winning park in Optimist Park, Ottawa. Little Tikes Commercial Nu-Edge structures were designed to complement the park’s community center, and the Landscape Architect pulled the site together with pathways, hardscape and plantings.

When the judges reviewed the final park, they decided to award it a 2017 City of Ottawa Urban Design Award for Excellence in Public Places and Civic Spaces. On top of this

honour, the park will be the Ottawa entry to the 2018 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Urban Design Awards competition! We will be eagerly looking forward to the results of that competition.


Play finds a Way! Help your community fund their playground projects

Help your community fund their playground projects with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Inclusive Playground Project and Community Accessibility Grants.

If you know of a community looking for help to fund playground projects, be sure to share the news of the following grants from Jumpstart Charities, made possible by a $50-million/five-year commitment from Canadian Tire Corporation:

Jumpstart Inclusive Playground Project


Jumpstart will work with selected municipalities across Canada to design and build large-scale, accessible and inclusive playgrounds for kids of all abilities. Leveraging universal design principals, Jumpstart’s goal is to ensure that these playgrounds become the standard for inclusivity by creating imaginative and accessible spaces where children of all abilities can play side-by-side and share in the magic of play. At least one playground will be built in every province and territory.

Jumpstart Community Accessibility Grants


The Jumpstart Community Accessibility Grants support capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving physical accessibility to recreation facilities in Canadian communities.

Two funding opportunities are available to improve these facilities:

  • – Accessibility Funding: Provides up to $50,000 for projects designed to adapt and enhance existing facilities to promote accessibility.
  • – Inclusivity Innovation Funding: Provides between $250,000 and $1,000,000 for projects designed to enhance existing building plans for sport and recreation spaces with uniquely innovative solutions for inclusion and accessibility for children of different abilities.

These grants are part of a $50 million/five-year commitment to Jumpstart Charities that Canadian Tire Corporation announced on September 19, 2017, to give Canadian kids with disabilities greater access to sport and play.

Jumpstart’s “Play Finds a Way’” Movement includes funding for:

  • – Accessible playgrounds, infrastructure and programming to provide access to play and sport for children with disabilities
  • – Building world-class, fully accessible “destination” playgrounds in every province and territory
  • – Retrofitting existing community centres, parks and arenas in communities from coast-to-coast to help remove physical barriers that prevent children with disabilities from participating in sport

Make sure you share these grants with your community leaders!

Help them secure the funding they need to grow their playgrounds and support their communities by partnering with PlayPower and your agency to help them fulfill this worthwhile mission.

Join Us In Montréal At The World Design Summit

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The 2017 IFLA, CSLA|AAPC and AAPQ Congress of the World Design Summit starts in Montréal on October 16th and runs until October 25, 2017.

The summit is bringing together Landscape Architects, Architects, Urban Planners, Industrial Designers, Interior Designers and Graphic Designers from around the world! The purpose is to share knowledge between disciplines, see the latest innovations for public spaces, and hearpresentations on best practices. Keynote speakers ranging from Moshe Safdie, the architect of the iconic Habitat 67,  to the Netherlands Landscape Architect Dirk Sijmons to Seattle’s Urban Planner David Driskell. Details are available at  http://www.csla-aapc.ca/events/2017-congress-world-design-summit and https://worlddesignsummit.com/congress/landing-landscape-architecture/ .

Be sure to attend the Inclusive Planning And Design Practices presentation by PlayPower Canada’s General Manager Brian Jenkins (Topic 32, Oct. 18). PlayPower creates legendary play experiences by creating innovations that transform parks and public spaces into delightful, highly valued parts of our communities. After the presentation, stop by the PlayPower booth (005-03) to discuss how we can help you change the world!

To receive a promo code to get 10% of­ a congress registration ticket, send us an email at enquiries@playpower.com with “Promo Code?” in the subject line.


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Limited Time Offer On Canada’s Best Play Equipment!

Canada is now half way through our 150th anniversary, and PlayPower Canada is half way through the 70th anniversary of serving Canada! There is a limited time now to buy Canada’s Best Play Equipment for your community at great 70th anniversary pricing!

This is a Limited Time Offer for Canadian Playground Buyers only. Great savings are featured on Little Tikes Commercial play equipment and Miracle Recreation playground equipment. Check out the deals play structures, independent events, and site amenities.

To find out more, call your local representative toll free at 1-800-265-9953, or see the flyer at http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/0f548129#/0f548129/1 .


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Canadian Playground Sale for 2nd Half of 2017 from PlayPower Canada

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Celebrate Our 70th Anniversary With Us!

Paris Playground Equipment started in 1947, which makes 2017 the 70th anniversary of PlayPower Canada serving Canada! In a year full of events celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary, we are adding one more – the PlayPower Canada 70th anniversary promotion!

This is a Limited Time Offer for Canadian Playground Buyers. It features great savings on Little Tikes Commercial play equipment and Miracle Recreation playground equipment. Check out the great deals play structures, independent events, and site amenities.

To find out more, call your local representative toll free at 1-800-265-9953, or see the flyer at http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/0f548129#/0f548129/1 .

Make sure to ask about all the inclusive solutions, like the Revolution Inclusive spinner,  Ten Spin, Tire Climb with Seats, and  Generation Swing. Don’t forget to add a shade structure to protect the children from the sun!

Also ask about other products featured in the vast PlayPower product line, like the Gravity Rail (shown below).

Gravity Rail from Miracle Recreation. Zipline fun for the playground!

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November 20th is National Child Day!

National Child Day is celebrated on November 20th each year. It marks Canada’s adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect. This includes the opportunity for to have a voice, to be protected from harm and to have their basic needs met to give them every opportunity to reach their full potential.

Information and resources to help you celebrate can be found at the Canadian government site:


Additional information and resources can be found at the Unicef and the Canadian Children’s Rights Council site:



National Child Day – November 20, 2016

National Child Day

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Time Lapse Video Of Playground Installation At Thrilled School

Sir Charles Tupper Elementary School in Halifax, NS, recently opened their new inclusive playground. To thank everyone who helped make the playground a reality, teacher Erica Phillips posted a great time lapse video of the installation and the opening. Check out the video on YouTube.

Located in the south end of Halifax, this fully accessible playground is the result of school fund raising, generous donations from community members, a provincial grant and the partnership of HRM (Halifax Regional Municipality). Enjoy watching the results of all these efforts in the video, and seeing the children play!

For information on the equipment at Sir Charles Tupper Elementary School, contact your local PlayPower Representative.

Nova Scotia Playground



Fun family games for the playground

Biba! Enabled Playgrounds Presented At First WLU [GAMEtalk]

Wilfred Laurier University’s Game Design and Development degree program launched it’s first [GAMEtalk] Lecture Series with a presentation from the General Manager of PlayPower Canada, Brian Jenkins. The focus was on Biba! the series of free digital games that work in conjunction with playgrounds to get kids the active, physical and imaginative play they need.

Free games to encourage healthy outdoor play

The WLU website says “Gamification and gameful design techniques motivate people to get engaged with the real world by adding a game-based layer” and Biba!

The Biba Welcome Sign and Play Symbols are available for purchase through your local PlayPower Canada representative, and the games are available for FREE at the App Store or Google Play.

Download them today!

Gamify your playground!

Thanks to the WLU Brantford Game Design and Development program for hosting the lecture series.

Canadian Play List by ParticipACTION

ParticipACTION is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday with a “150 Play List“. The list is meant to encourage Canadian’s to get active by doing all the great physical activities available in Canada.

Check out the list and join in the challenge at the ParticipACTION 150 Play List site. Be sure to help create the list vote for, or add, your favourite activity, like “Play on the playground,” “Exercise in the park,” or “Play Biba!”.

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