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Utah ASLA Double Winner at 2017 Annual Meeting

Mathew Winward - Utah ASLA Merit AwardDuring the 2017 annual meeting of the Utah ASLA  (American Society of Landscape Architects) G. Brown Design won the Merit Award for their Lodestone Regional Park design. The ASLA gives the prestigious Merit Award for landscape designs that represent superior accomplishment in the profession of landscape architecture.

Mathew Winward of G. Brown Design, Site and Landscape Architects

G. Brown Design is a Landscape Architecture firm that provides full services on a wide variety of projects including Parks and Recreation projects, Urban Streetscape projects, Institutional projects, Commercial and Corporate projects, Residential projects, and Cemetery Planning & Design.  We have specific expertise in park planning and design and have received multiple awards in recent years for our parks and recreation projects including:

2017 – Merit Award, Utah Chapter of ASLA for Lodestone Regional Park, West Valley City, UT
2015 – Award of Excellence, Utah Chapter of ASLA for the Draper Senior Center, Draper Utah
2015 – Honor Award, Utah Chapter of ASLA for the Brookside Park, South Jordan Utah
2013 – Merit Award, Utah Chapter of ASLA for The Daybreak East Lake Promenade, South Jordan, UT
2011 – Honor Award, Utah Chapter of ASLA for The Daybreak East Lake Commons, South Jordan, UT

“I joined G Brown Design nearly 13 years ago in September of 2004. I have been Managing Principal of the firm since 2009, at which time Mike Wonenberg and myself took over firm management as part of an internal ownership transition from Founding Principal Gerald Brown.

Prior to my time at G Brown Design I spent 4 years with Landmark Design here in Salt Lake City.  I am originally from Preston, Idaho located in the northern end of Cache Valley. That is where I gained my love for the outdoors and began developing the creative problem-solving skills that are so important to my work as a Landscape Architect.”   Mathew Winward

Merit Award, Lodestone Regional Park in West Valley City

G Brown Landscape design for Lodestone in West Valley City - Utah ASLA Winner

G Brown Landscape Design - Lodestone in West Valley City Utah

Winner of the LuckyDog Recreation Prize

As sponsors of Utah ASLA, we were excited that Mathew Winward of G. Brown Design was also the winner of the LuckyDog Recreation prize that included an action camera and headphones. LuckyDog has been a proud sponsor of the Utah ASLA chapter for the last 5 years. Because the creative and artistic contributions landscape architects make to outdoor public areas, landmarks and structures, the annual meeting is one of our favorite conferences.

Congratulations Mathew and G. Brown Architects!

Nicole Stoddard, LuckyDog Recreation

P.S. Take advantage of our July “Lunch-n-Learn” special event, specifically designed for landscape architect firms. Call to schedule, (800) 388-2196

Rope-Based Play Equipment Lunch-n-Learn Special Event!

The rope-based play equipment phenomenon is here to stay. While the concept originated in the mid-’50s in New Jersey, Berliner Seilfabrik built the first commercial grade rope-based net structure with steel-reinforced ropes in 1971.
Utah Rope-Based Play by LuckyDog Recreation and Berliner

Rope-Based Play Equipment Technology

The geometry of these net structures allows designers unlimited possibilities to entice and excite users of all ages and abilities with artistic net structures that scale to highest heights spread across rolling expanses.

Equipped with “Made in Germany” technology, communities everywhere are embracing these new designs promising:

  • More play value for user
  • Easy maintenance for operators
  • Creative solutions for designers

You have endless design options because rope-based playgrounds easily challenge the status quo of traditional post and deck systems. 

Playground Architects – ACT NOW

Beliner's Lukas Steinke -Utah Architects Lunch n Learn brought to you by LuckyDog RecreationTake advantage of a one-time opportunity to work directly with Berliner’s National Sales Manager, Lukas Steinke.

Schedule your Lunch-n-Learn with LuckyDog from July 11–13, 2017 for this exciting added bonus. 

Lukas is the CEO of Berliner’s U.S. headquarters based out of Greenville, SC. With more than 14 years of experience – both nationally and internationally – Lukas is uniquely equipped to discuss the advantages of rope-based playground solutions and the unique approach to product design by Berliner.

Benefits of Rope-Based Play

Your education session explores the benefits of rope-based play vs. traditional play and shows its potential for customization. 

“Movement is fascinating for children. It is always exciting and engaging to bounce, jump, spin, swing or seesaw. 

“This is the reason children – and even adults – have so much fun on rope-based play equipment. Rope is not dead material. Instead, it is flexible and enables a child to ‘connect’ with the equipment, as every action is followed by a reaction. Rope is a play ‘partner’ and there is always a dialog between the child playing and the structure.”  Lukas Steinke

Call Today (800) 388-2196 to Schedule

Idaho Elementary School Receives Playcraft Project of the Year Award

Ernest Hemingway Elementary receives the 2016 Playground Project of the Year Award from playground manufacturer, Playcraft Systems

Ernest Hemingway Elementary, Ketchum Idaho: The students at Ernest Hemingway Elementary have been enjoying their new playground for almost a year now. The new playground equipment replaced old equipment that had been in the ground for over 25 years.

The entire playground was designed by Playcraft Systems of Grants Pass, Oregon and installed under the direction of Blaine County Maintenance Director, Lester Wilson, who is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector. Wilson was instrumental in choosing a design that was both challenging and fun for the students and met safety requirements.  

The installation was completed in May of 2016 with the grand opening just before school let out for the summer. However, extensive planning and fundraising started the year before.

Principal Don Haisely and PTO President Laura Gvozdas persisted in making the new playground exceptional. In addition to expanding the original footprint to include more playground toys, swings and spinners, they combined the fundraising efforts of the school and the City of Ketchum, whose Parks building is adjacent to the school property. Together, these groups set a precedence; Hemingway Elementary was long overdue AND nothing less than the best would do.

Playcraft Playground Award at Ernest Hemingway Elementary

The playground fundraising efforts kicked off in May of 2015 with the Hemingway Walkathon Fundraiser where the Hemingway students raised $22,000 for their new playgroundThe fundraising committee then continued those efforts throughout 2015 by meeting with local foundations and organizations as well as circulating a fundraising mailing to individuals in our community in order to raise the funds needed for this important playground.”  Laura Gvodas, PTO President

Of all the Playcraft playgrounds installed last year, the Playcraft team chose the Hemingway playground to receive the prestigious “Project of the Year Award.” The award is given for the most improved playground, outstanding design and exceptional team work.

Nicole Stoddard, of LuckyDog Recreation represented Playcraft Systems and presented the award to Ms. Laura Gvozdas and Mr. Lester Wilson during a school assembly, May 2017. If you haven’t played on the new equipment yet, you owe it to yourself and your family to check it out. Bring a picnic, because the playground is so much fun and offers a lot to do, you will want to make a day of it. Ernest Hemingway Elementary, 111 8th Street,
Ketchum, ID 83340.

“Thank you to everyone who contributed and pushed to make this outstanding playground a reality for the kids of Ernest Hemingway Elementary.  A project of this magnitude takes great leadership, loads of attention, dedication and hundreds of contributions of time, money and effort.”  Nicole Stoddard, LuckyDog Recreation

Playcraft Systems Project of the Year Award to LuckyDog Recreation

Ernest Hemingway Elementary School Playground Ribbon Cutting

Ernest Hemingway Elementary School Playground Grand Opening

Playcraft Systems Playground Equipment at Ernest Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum Idaho

Ketchum Idaho Kids at Play on Playcraft Systems Playground Equipment

For National Playground Safety Week We Are Partnering Up

The Utah Department of Health and LuckyDog Recreation
support National Playground Safety Week

 Monday the Utah Health Department will be kicking off
National Playground Safety Week and you are invited.

The Utah Department of Health, Salt Lake County Health Department, and LuckyDog Recreation will conduct a playground inspection to highlight common safety hazards and effective ways to prevent injuries on playgrounds. The event will coincide with National Playground Safety Week, held April 24-28, 2017.

Each year, nearly 1,700 Utah elementary school-aged children are injured on school playgrounds. That’s enough children to fill 68 average Utah elementary school classrooms.

Speakers will include:

  • Zach Torres-George, environmental health scientist, Salt Lake County Health Department
  • Christine Christensen, principal, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School
  • Hillary Campbell, student injury reporting technician, Utah Department of Health

Monday, April 24, 2017 9:15 a.m.

Woodrow Wilson Elementary School
2567 Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84115

NOTE: Parking available in the lot adjacent to the school

Playground Injuries Have Decreased

Busy Bee's Playground in Roy Utah - By PlayCraft Playgrounds and LuckyDog Recreation pre-school playground for Busy Bee's Playhouse in Roy, Utah

  • According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission playground injuries have significantly decreased year after year since 2001. This occurrence is due to increased awareness, higher safety standards and big changes in the playground industry such as:
  • Manufactures – Playground manufactures are building safer playgrounds by making sure all hardware is covered and platforms are protected with small gauged guardrails.
  • Playground Surfacing – Every year we see new and improved playground surfacing. When surfacing products are installed and maintained according to code they are more effective in preventing injuries.
  • CPSI – All public playgrounds are required to be inspected by Certified Playground Safety Inspectors who understand playground safety issues including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods.
  • Playground Designs – Today’s public playgrounds are built within safety zones and the play equipment is situated to prevent over crowding. For example, swing sets are placed away from other play equipment.

Too Many Utah Children Injured – Still More to Do

All though injuries are down, too many Utah children are still injured on playgrounds.

For 2008, the Department of Health reports:

  • 70% of student injuries occur on the playground or play-field.
  • Two-thirds (65.2%) of these injuries happen during recess.
  • The activities during which injuries occur the most are playing on bars (20.7%), running (18%), and walking (11%).
  • The most common injuries received are possible fracture/broken, cut/laceration, bump/bruise/contusion, sprain/strain/tear, and possible concussion.

Health Department Fact Sheet – PDF

Health Department Student Injuries – PDF

How To Improve Playground Safety

With manufacturers building safer playgrounds every year, what else can be done to prevent playground injuries?

Choose your playgrounds wisely.

  • Make sure your school has a well maintained playground with the proper safety surfacing. Be sure that the school has supervised play rules in place.
  • Choose parks and playgrounds that are appropriate to your child’s age, are well maintained and the safety surfacing is in good condition.
  • Check for hazards or broken equipment.
  • Continuously supervise your children while they are at play.

Teach our children playground safety – Parents and teachers alike can teach children to play safe.

  • Teach children to use playground and sports equipment properly. Check to see that sports equipment is age appropriate and fits properly.
  • Remind children to be aware and kind. Pushing and shoving can lead to injuries.

Slyde the Playground Hound

Utah Playground Safety Week - Teach playground safety with Slyde The Playground Hound. Slyde the Playground Hound is always ready and willing to teach playground safety. Here are 10 Fun and Easy Ways that Slyde can help you teach playground safety during “Playground Safety Week.”

Also Slyde would like you to have your free copy of the “Public Playground Safety Handbook”.

So join us for “Playground Safety Week.”

In Pursuit of (Safe) Play,

Rhetta McIff – LuckyDog Recreation – Utah Playgrounds, Creative Designer

Multi-Family Landscape Design Is For The Dogs

The new multi-family landscaping trend is to bring local dog parks home, where the family lives. Offering a dog park as part of your multi-family landscape design is fun, easy and cost effective.

You can’t help but notice that multi-family complexes in urban areas have been increasing to keep up with the demand. Every year since 2010, Salt Lake City increased rental units by 1,534. During the same time period, the demand for new rental units has averaged 1,869 a year.

Also, rising prices for single family homes has brought a big demand for condos and town homes. Along with the demand, housing complexes have become more inclusive than ever. Consider the Bud Baily Apartments in Salt Lake City, for example.

The Trend We Are Seeing

Multi-family landscape designs are including dog parks. It is easy to see why when you consider that dog ownership has been steadily rising along with the multi-family housing demands.

Because dogs are considered part of the family, catering to dog families can be as simple as saving 500 square feet of space for a dog park. Or changing overgrown, neglected and unmanaged areas into dedicated dog playgrounds.

“Did you know there are currently more dogs in the US than children? And that renters often base their decision making on whether their pets will be welcome too? Dog parks aren’t just a trend in the multi-family industry, they’re a hugely popular amenity for your residents and can also help to promote your community as being truly pet-friendly! There is always a market for pet-owners who are looking for affordable, long term housing and your dog park can help turn a “Maybe” into a “Yes!”

“From a marketing perspective, having an onsite dog park can give you an advantage over a competing property whose residents may have to drive to a nearby off-leash area. Residents are often willing to pay a higher deposit and monthly rent in order to live somewhere that accepts (and welcomes!) their pets. In addition to the financial perks, pet-friendly communities typically see less resident turnover and have a higher rating from resident satisfaction surveys.” Dog-ON-It-Parks

Tips for Building Successful Dog Parks as Part of Your Multi-Family Landscape Design

From fencing to water sources, from poop scooping to signs, from location to equipment, learn what you need to know to consider a dog park as part of your multi-family landscape design by downloading this PDF:  Successful Multi-Family Dog Parks

Need a fun “Dog-ON-It” dog park? Call me.

In Pursuit of Play,

Nicole Stoddard, LuckyDog Recreation

Dynamic Playcraft Systems School Playground In Pocatello, Idaho

Connor Academy Public Charter School in Pocatello, Idaho has a playground that invokes giggles, squeals, laughter, and FUN. The Idaho school playground is the perfect combination of three Playcraft Systems™ play structures.

Connor Academy Principal Joel Lovstedt and local General Contractor Pro Builders Inc. hired LuckyDog Recreation as the subcontractor to supply and install the Playcraft playground equipment at the new campus location.

Playcraft Systems™ Play Stuctures

Playcraft Idaho School Playground Equipment by LuckyDog Recreation.

A vivid yellow, blue, and red Playcraft R3.5™ structure invites the students to stretch their muscles, allows their stress to slide away, and lets them climb to new heights in a matter of a few free-play minutes!

 

Idaho Playground Equipment brought to you by LuckyDog Recreation

Activities abound on this Playcraft R3.5 System™ structure with ample hand-over-hand fun on the Loop Traverse, 360 degree Horizontal Ladder, and Chinning Bar.

Pocatello Idaho School Playground Equipment by Playcraf

Playcraft Playground Equipment - Idaho School Playground Equipment brought to you by LuckyDog RecreationLuckyDog Recreation, Idaho Playground Equipment

The climbing action comes in varying forms: Spiral Climber, Vertical Rock Climber, and the Erector Rock Climber with its perfectly sized thermoplastic coated hand grips that are super tough but gentle on the kids’ hands and feet.

LuckyDog Recreation and Playcraft bring you Idaho School Playground Equipment

Connor Academy students practice their balancing acts on Lily Pads placed on each end of the Curved Boardwalk and onto the Lily-Pad Step Ups too!

Idaho School Playground Equipment - Connor Academy in Pocatello Idaho

This play structure has two slides in brilliant red. A Twister Slide and a Spiral Slide allow ample slip-sliding action.

LuckyDog Recreation brings you the Playcraft Revolution, Idaho School Playground equipment

At the playground debut we set up a professional photo shoot. The students had lots of fun, even the fog didn’t dampen their playtime fun. I can still hear their peals of laughter. We were delighted to see one of the school playground photo shoot pictures featured in the 2016 Playcraft catalog.

Idaho School Playground in Pocatello

When you are in the Pocatello, Idaho area, stop by to visit this FUN playground; Connor Academy is located at 1295 Alpine Avenue, Chubbuck, ID 83201.

From design to installation, LuckyDog Recreation is your one-stop shop in all things fun; give us a call and our in-house designer, Lynette Turner, will assist you in designing the perfect Playcraft Systems™ play structure today.

In pursuit of play,

Nicole Stoddard, Idaho School Playground Sales and Service Representative

Utah Playground Equipment For Charter School In Herriman

Athlos Academy Utah Teaches ABC’s and 1, 2, 3’s with new Utah playground equipment from LuckyDog Recreation.

A is for Athlos Academy’s new Utah campus at 12309 S Mustang Trail Way in Herriman.

B is for their newly installed:

  • Bike Racks
  • Basketball Standards
  • Benches
  • Baseball Bases

C stands for the Cool Playcraft Systems™ playground and the Cushiony Sof’Fall Surfacing underneath.

LuckyDog is honored to have been chosen by Vector Constructors as the supply and installation team that brought it all together.

Athlos Academy of Utah

Athlos Academies embrace the idea that play is serious learning:

“Athlos Academy of Utah uses athletics as a tool – not just to create good habits, improve skills, and promote healthy bodies – but as a vehicle for teaching Performance Character… And as any Athlos student knows, combining learning and athletics is a great way to learn.”  Athlos Academy 

LuckyDog Utah Playground Equipment Brands

The Althos project was a fun job, especially when so many of the LuckyDog brands were represented at one project. Our vendors, just like the leaders at Athlos Academy of Utah, know what FUN is all about:

Utah Playground Site Furnishings BRP BRP by Bison offers lifetime warranty on site furnishings offering creative designs and attention to quality and durability.  At the Athlos Academy Utah location BRP by Bison products are:

  • 1 Pair of moveable Soccer Goals
  • 1 Set of Quick Release Baseball Bases and Home Plate
  • 2 Gooseneck style Basketball poles
  • 2 Tetherballs
  • 4 Player Benches
  • 6 Fan-style Basketball Backboards
  • 6 “Flip Up” Bike Racks

Sof'Fall Engineered Wood Surfacing by LuckyDog Recreation Athlos Academy knew that safety surfacing, such as wood fiber, for their outdoor playgrounds would be paramount in protecting their students’ tender knees and elbows.

LuckyDog requires the highest rating for protective surfacing and turned to Sof’Fall® for 220 yards of their top-quality EWF (Engineered Wood Fiber).

Colorful Playgrounds

Playcraft Systems by LuckyDog RecreationAthlos Academy required quality commercial playground equipment and chose TWO fantastic play structures for the Utah campus:

This Playcraft Revolution™ play structure is perfect for ages 2 to 5 and the design provides lots of exercise beginning with the Chinning Bar, a Straight Slide, 2 Climbers, Play Panel, and finishing up with a bright yellow Double Wave Slide. The Kindergarten play structure in vivid primary colors of red, blue, and yellow entice free-play time for the youngest students.

Utah Playground Equipment at Athlos Academy Utah by LuckyDog Recreation

Everyone knows a playground is not complete without plenty of swings so Athlos Academy chose a three-bay swing which accommodates six swing seats.

Utah Playground Equipment - Swing Sets - LuckyDog Recreation

Althos and The Playcraft Revolution™ System Count the Ways

The second slightly larger Playcraft Revolution™ play structure designed for ages 5 to 12 really adds up:

1 Red Crawl Tube leads to multiples of FUN

2 Perfect Play Panels –

  • Maze Panel
  • Driver Panel

3 Brilliant Blue Climbers –

  • Vertical Ladder Deep
  • Rung Arch Climber Spiral Climber

4 Vibrant Red Slides –

  • Quarter Turn Slide
  • Wave Slide
  • Tube Slide
  • Open Spiral Slide

Utah Playground Equipment brought to you by LuckyDog Recreation

Athlos Academy in Herriman Utah - Utah Playground Equipment by LuckyDog Recreation

LuckyDog was privileged to work with Athlos Academy Utah and the new Charter School Director Esther Thompson. We hope all the students attending this new campus enjoy their playgrounds and surfacing, outdoor recreation equipment, and other site furnishings for years to come.

Call today! Let us create FUN for your upcoming project no matter how big or small. From site furnishings to playground equipment, LuckyDog supplies and installs it all.

In Pursuit of Play!

Nicole Stoddard – Utah Playground Equipment

Playcraft Thunder Domes™ Strike Idaho Playgrounds

Breaking News: LuckyDog Recreation just completed the installation of two budget-friendly Playcraft Systems Thunder Domes™. You can see the new Idaho Elementary School playground equipment in action at Donnelly Elementary, Donnelly Idaho, and Jefferson Elementary, Rigby Idaho.

Playcraft’s Thunder Dome™ boasts a variety of unique climbing experiences and striking color combinations abound.

Idaho Elementary School Playground Equipment - LuckyDog Recreation

Idaho School Playground Equipment - LuckyDog Recreation

The center holds a floating platform and the kiddos can climb the attached nets to the top of the dome and onto the colorful roto-molded inserts.

This structure is designed for children ages 5 to 12 years old and requires less than 23 feet of use zone. The entire structure is only 125” in diameter with a height of 63”, yet it really packs a lot of play!

These wonderful and budget-friendly freestanding play structures are a perfect addition to any playground and have fit in superbly at two Idaho elementary schools with installation completed by LuckyDog.

Idaho Elementary School Playground Equipment

Donnelly Elementary located at 327 E Roseberry Road, Donnelly ID, 83615 now has a good-looking purple and red Thunder Dome.

Idaho School Playground Equipment - LuckyDog Recreation

A big thank you goes to McCall-Donnelly School District’s Maintenance Director Jason Clay and Donnelly Elementary Principal Jake Olson for contacting LuckyDog for the supply and installation of their Playcraft Thunder Dome™.

In Southeast Idaho, check out the new Thunder Dome at the Jefferson Elementary School at 306 North 3700 East, Rigby, ID 83442.

Idaho Elementary School Playground Equipment

Principal Dave Meyer recently told us, “The Thunder Dome is working great; kids are always found playing on the new toy.”

  • Playcraft Systems™Supplied
  • LuckyDog Installed
  • Principal Approved
  • Kid Tested Favorite

Exactly how we like things to go here at LuckyDog!

Do you want your own amazing freestanding Playcraft Thunder Dome™ play structure?

Give us a call today for your own Playcraft Systems catalog and we can give you a quick quote for supply and installation of your color customized Thunder Dome today.

In Pursuit of Play!

Nicole Stoddard – Idaho Elementary School Playground Equipment

LuckyDog Recreation

 

IDAHOME – A Tour of New Playground Equipment In Idaho

LuckyDog has recently wrapped up a flurry of Idaho playground equipment installations featuring Playcraft™ Playground Systems. Let’s take a tour of five Playraft Systems playgrounds all supplied and installed by the LuckyDog team.

Alderbrook Park – Star, Idaho

In Star, across the Boise River from Meridian, we had the pleasure of providing the perfect playground at Alderbrook, a new Hubble Homes community. Alderbrook Park is located at 22361 North Can-Ada Road, Star, Idaho. 

The brand-new Alderbrook community is the perfect setting for this nearly maintenance-free Playcraft Revolution™ that can handle over 50 children at one time.

Idaho Playground Equipment Installation - Alderbrook Apartments Star Idaho

 

Every child, including our Idaho playground equipment installation team, enjoys taking a whirl on the Mini Neutron Spinner™ and Gyro-Pod Spinner™. Combine the spinners with the Tri-Ring Link climber, two Arch Slides, and lots of hand-over-hand traverse equipment – this playground will be a community favorite for years to come.

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“We love the new tot lot in Alderbrook! You and your company have been wonderful to work with!” Penny Smith – Hubble Homes, LLC Assistant to Director of Land Development

East Valley Playground – Boise, Idaho

At the other end of the Treasure Valley another new subdivision, nearby the Boise River Greenbelt on Warm Springs Ave, is East Valley in Boise.  We had the pleasure of working with Conger Management Group in supplying and installing a new action packed Playcraft Systems structure at 6885 Highland Valley Road, Boise, Idaho.

The East Valley Playground has a small foot print but packs a ton of exercise masquerading as playtime fun. This play structure boasts THREE slides and one fire pole accessible by a vertical ladder and one Bedrock Climber.

Idaho Playground Equipment Installation - East Valley Playground Boise Idaho

The Playcraft Bedrock Climber™ looks like real rock made from durable and colorful roto-molded plastic. This climber will stay cool to the touch even on the hottest summer day.

The East Valley Playground sits at the base of the Lucky Peak foothills and the Playcraft “Earth” color scheme fuses effortlessly – what a stunning backdrop for this top quality play structure.

Lincoln Early Childhood Center – Pocatello, Idaho

Our Idaho tour continues in an eastern direction to the Lincoln Early Childhood Center at 330 Oakwood Drive nestled beside the Foothills of Pocatello.  A call from Rick Betzer, Support Services Manager at Lincoln Early Childhood Center, requested supply and installation of a bright colored Playcraft Systems Revolution™ structure, perfect for young children.

Idaho Playground Equipment Installation - Lincoln Early Childhood Center, Pocatello Idaho

Rick Betzer is a certified playground safety inspector (CPSI) and really has a knack for making sure all 100+ children attending Lincoln Early Childhood Center have an exceptional outdoor play experience.

Play Panel Perfection! This structure holds a Tic-Tac-Toe Panel through the View Port Crawl Tube to the Driver Panel on the opposite end.  The pre-schoolers love the bright green talk tubes and three sky blue slides on their newest play structure.

Idaho Playground Equipment Installation - Playcraft Playground Systems Revolution

The Falls Apartments – Idaho Falls, Idaho

Next stop is also in Southeast Idaho – The Falls Apartments, at 1415 Whitewater Drive, inside the Snake River Landing area of Idaho Falls. Kartchner Homes pulled out all the stops for the newest community offering, and LuckyDog was delighted to be the chosen provider of the community playground.

The Falls Apartments now has a Playcraft Revolution™ structure in the popular “Frozen” color schematic. The two complementary shades of blue are comparable to the nearby Snake River winter scene at the new community entrance.

Idaho playground equipment installation by LuckyDog Recreation of Ashton, Idaho

This play structure is centered round the Tri-Ring™ Hub with the three points leading to kid-favored equipment: Arch Slide, Rope Net & Cross Loop Climber, and the Gyro-Capsule Spinner™. Between the slide and spinner is the playground classic Arch Loop Traverse for hand-over-hand entry to dual Arched Lunar Climbers.

The playground is completed perfectly with four swings which encourage children of all ages to come and enjoy this beautiful playground.

LuckyDog is honored to be Kartchner Homes’ subcontractor on this and many other of their housing projects in Idaho.

Idaho playground equipment installation - The Falls Apartments in Falls, Idaho

Grove Park – Rexburg, Idaho

The LuckyDog Idahome playground tour concludes with a playground installation just down the road from our Ashton, Idaho headquarters. The Grove Park at Riverside Apartments, located at 311 North 1st East in Rexburg, now hosts a LuckyDog installed Playcraft Systems playground, barbeque, bench, and picnic tables.

Owned by Castle Creek Construction Management, the project was subcontracted to LuckyDog in July and put on the “fast track” for completion the end of August.  Zane Powell was the project manager and says the new park will be gifted to the City of Rexburg, which emphasizes the city’s mantra “America’s Family Community”.

Rexburg Mayor Jerry Merrill said this about the new playground, “We appreciate your professional installation and we are excited to introduce this new playground to the community.”

This new playground is near the popular city water park and soccer fields; it is sure to become a community favorite gathering place. Moms and dads will enjoy the total visibility of the multiple play zones from their perch on the bench or at the picnic tables.

Idaho Playground Equipment Installation - Grove Park Rexburg Idaho

The bright red uprights of the play structure are quite eye-catching and include a great mix of the most popular activities alongside the swing set.

The twister slide and spiral slide are the anchors of the structure, including two climbers, curved “monkey bars” and the giggle-inducing fire pole makes playtime never-ending. If this amount of dizzying fun isn’t enough, the kiddos can then hop onto either the Bucket Spinner or Spinner Seat.

CJ Stoddard and his LuckyDog installation team have been working hard all over Idaho and Utah building safe, top-quality playgrounds – what a fun industry we proudly represent.

Utah Playground Contruction Inspection Service by LuckyDog Recreation

Idaho Playground Equipment Installations

Planning a playground?  Call us today and we can assist with a perfect play structure for your budget from beginning designs to installation. All Idaho playground equipment installations include our Signature 1 Year Comeback Warranty.

Take your own Idahome tour of our recent playground installations. You will agree they are fabulously fun!

In Pursuit of Play,

Nicole Stoddard – Playcraft™ Systems Idaho Representative

Idaho Playground Construction – Begin With The End In Mind

Play enthusiasts watch out for the best thing happening in Boise, Idaho!

In October, JUMP, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place, will be presenting the “The Climber,” a massive 30 ft. high net climber. The Super 805 (“The Climber”) is a “frame” net climber manufactured by Dynamo Playgrounds. The LuckyDog team has completed this Boise, Idaho playground construction project and anxiously awaits the October opening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD0iS0r5ygg

The best thing about the Super 805 is not just that it is “super” as in 30 ft. tall and massively large, the really super thing is that you can play on it soon, very soon as the expected completion date of this amazing play net climber is October 2016.

Architects, Park and Playground Planners Be Aware

Planning a net climber of this scope and size doesn’t just happen overnight. Construction representatives from JUMP and the Simplot Foundation started the evaluation process meeting with LuckyDog Recreation to determine if the Super 805 was the toy they committed to and if LuckyDog Recreation was the company that could pull it off. A resounding “yes” was the answer to both questions, and as plans began to materialize, the international sales representative from Dynamo Industries flew out to meet in person to uncover, discover, and determine if and how the Super 805 could meet the exact needs of the JUMP representatives.

One obstacle we encountered from the start was the fact that the location set aside for the giant climber was on top of a parking garage. This required some creative engineering as most playground structures of this scope and size have “huge” in-ground footers, some 5’ deep and then almost 3’ in diameter. As the roof of the parking garage has a impervious rubber membrane that cannot be compromised, the architectural plans for the structure had to be re-worked to be “surface” mount rather that “in-ground” mount; thus the need to “begin with the end in mind.”

Landscape architect Kim Siegenthaler from Jensen Belts Associates was  instrumental in making contacts between suppliers and owners. She was responsible for the smooth outcome of engineering “The Climber” to meet the needs of the customer, while still adhering to strict building codes required by the state.

Boise Idaho Playground Construction - Net Climber by Dynamo Playgrounds and LuckyDog Recration

Idaho Playground Construction by LuckyDog Recreation - JUMP Net Climber in Boise Idaho

Boise Idaho Playground Construction - LuckyDog Recreation

Boise, Idaho Playground Construction

As for construction day, LuckyDog was prequalified to be the subcontractor of Hoffman Corporation, the GC for the entire JUMP property. LuckyDog, along with 4 or 5 of their best installers took only 2 weeks to complete the installation of the Super 805.

The pour-in-place safety surfacing by Flexground Nevada was done immediately after the net construction, and the equipment awaits opening day of play. Charlie Robertson of Flexground has a reputation for bringing out the best in a project and has many, many installations in the Treasure Valley, a testament to the quality work they do. Notice the multi-colored intricate design as per the architects drawing at the client’s exact requirements.

Dynamo Net Climber - Boise Idaho Playground Construcition

It is always a pleasure to be a part of a significant and unique project like JUMP. We are appreciative of the professionalism and dedication to the result that everyone, especially our very own construction manager, CJ Stoddard and his construction team exhibited to make this dream for Idaho children and their families a reality.

Impressive Playgrounds

Want to plan something equally as impressive for you next big park, playground, or construction project?

Contact LuckyDog for more information on the Super 805 and other amazing climbing structures at 1-800-888-2196.

Nicole Stoddard, Dynamo Playgrounds Net Climber Representative

P.S. Be notified of “The Climber” release to the public by signing up for the JUMP newsletter by visiting Jumpboise.org/the-climber.

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