Archive for Playground Equipment

Ten Great Reasons for Building a Climbing Wall at Your Facility

Climbing is not a trendy add-on, but rather a relevant and beneficial activity that encourages the physical, mental, social and emotional growth of each participant. Listed below you will find ten great reasons to consider as you ponder the development of a climbing wall program at your facility.

1. Climbing is a lifelong activity that is attractive to a wide range of people and can be offered in a variety of settings:

  • Camps
  • Schools
  • Universities
  • Park and Recreation Centers
  • Fitness Centers
  • Child Care Facilities
  • Family Fun Centers
  • Children’s Museums
  • Hospitals and Rehabilitation Centers
  • Occupational Therapy Facilities

2. Climbing offers versatility. Walls come in a myriad of shapes, sizes and surfaces to meet an assortment of programming wishes and requirements.

3. The activity of climbing satisfies the interests and needs of today’s contemporary society and could revitalize your programming.

River Rock - By Everlast

4. Climbing contributes to overall physical fitness through:

  • Aerobic and anaerobic activity 
  • Increased cardiovascular fitness
  • Enhanced balance, coordination and flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and endurance
  • Improved motor planning
  • Enhanced body awareness

5. Climbing wall activities provide opportunities for social-emotional skill building:

  • Increased self-knowledge, self-confidence and self-reliance
  • Enhanced patience, perseverance, courage, trust, willpower and self-control
  • Meeting challenges
  • Positive risk taking
  • Stress management
  • Awareness of others
  • Leadership

6. Climbing wall activities enhance cognitive skills:

  • Problem-solving, including the identification of multiple solutions for challenges 
  • Decision and judgment making
  • Increased focus and concentration
  • Visualization and mental imaging
  • Following directions and safety rules
  • Goal setting

7. Climbing walls provide opportunities for cross-curricular programming in content areas such as:

  • Communication (listening, speaking and writing) through team challenges and individual writing
  • Mathematics (unique climbing activities require participants to solve math problems)
  • All subject areas (endless possibilities through collaboration with colleagues in other
    subject areas)

8. Climbing wall activities provide a setting for real-life experiences in meeting challenges, traveling beyond one’s “comfort zone” and developing character.

9. Climbing wall activities emphasize cooperation versus competition and encourage the development of a climate where “everybody wins” and success for all is the common by-product.

10. Climbing wall activities are fun, exciting, challenging and engaging!

Contributed by Eric Stevens, Everlast Climbing™ 

Everlast - A Playcore Company PM

Climbing Wall By Everlast - LuckyDog Recreation

You can download the most recent climbing catalog right here:  Everlast Climbing™ Catalog – Fall 2017

The LuckyDog Team is excited to add Everlast Climbing™ to the list of companies we represent.

Call today!

Nicole Stoddard – LuckyDog Recreation Sales and Marketing – 800-388-2196

Rhetta McIff, Utah’s Creative Play Designer  – 385-222-1030


From The Dock at Playcraft Systems To Completion in Two Weeks

LuckyDog Recreation takes pride in creating amazing relationships with our customers which come in handy when we get remarkable deals from the companies we represent.

Recently PlayCraft Sytems® had a playground on their dock, ready to be shipped, and the original sale fell through. In a short time frame, we were able to send emails to customers who we knew were interested in larger structures.

Destination Homes Kaysville, UT - Playcraft Playground

Fortunately, this playground was an excellent match for Destination Homes in Kaysville!

It fit perfectly into the Hill Farms neighborhood and was delivered and installed in less than 2 weeks. It also came in significantly under cost due to it being ready to ship from the manufacturer.

playcraft systems playground in kaysville, ut

Don’t you love it when everything comes together perfectly!

In Pursuit of Play,

Rhetta McIff, Utah’s Creative Play Designer  – 385-222-1030

2017 National Recreation and Parks Association Trade Show

The LuckyDog Team had a blast at the annual NRPA, National Recreation and Parks Association, Trade Show and Congress in New Orleans, Louisiana. Each year the trade show floor is filled with exciting new and innovative products. LuckyDog’s Utah’s Creative Play Designer, Rhetta McIff met up with some of our favorite people that manufacturer some of our favorite brands. Tune into what’s to come in the future of play with this fun video!

LuckyDog Recreation is proud to be in partnership with the people at Playcraft Systems, Berliner Play Equipment, FlexGround Surfacing, Free Notes Harmony Park and Dog-ON-It Parks:

Justin Dietz from Playcraft Systems introduced the new Contour™ Play System. This system bridges the traditional deck and post play structure with active play events. The Contour™ is focused on flow, the direction of play, and multiple choices for children.

Charlie Robertson from FlexGround Safety Surfaces introduced new products we are excited about. The rubber surfacing solution for walking tracks much needed. We can’t wait to share its benefits with you. FlexGround stays ahead of the curve when it comes to innovations to fill a need.

Luke Vardanian with Berliner Play Equipment demonstrated how to play the Hula Loop while sharing with us his favorite parts of being one of the Landscape Architects for Berliner USA. We agree with Luke when he says “The best part of working with Berliner is pushing the boundaries of creativity”.

As you know LuckyDog has a special place in our hearts for dogs and Gary Max of Dog-On-It Parks introduced the new Eco-Dog Line of 100% recycled products. The Eco-Dog Line is their portable system. Now you can plan events for your dog-loving patrons with this set-up and take-in down in minutes system.

Thank you to all the LuckyDog brands. Thank you, Rhetta, for sharing your enthusiasm and playful spirit.

Thank you to all our customers. We appreciate your business. We look forward to playing with you again next year.

In Pursuit of Play,

Nicole Stoddard, LuckyDog Recreation Sales and Marketing

P.S. Call the LuckyDog team to learn more about anything you see in this video and much, much more. 800-388-2196

I would love to send you the new catalogs featuring the products we saw at the 2107 National Recreation and Parks Association Show.

Better Ways To Serve More Members Of Your Community

As you know we are coming up on the end of the US government’s fiscal year. This means that school districts and municipalities must spend the end of their budget!

Spending your full budget shows that you were sure of your needs and that you are able to fulfill those particular needs in a way that best serves your community.

Serving All Of Your Community Members

So what is the best way to spend your end of 2017 budget and ensure that every member of your community is well served?

The answer is Freenotes Harmony Park Outdoor Musical Instruments…

Because Freenotes outdoor musical instruments are made for all ages and abilities you will find them to be the perfect addition to your park or playground.

Designed with acoustic precision and perfect tone by a Grammy Award winning musician, Richard Cooke. The Freenotes allure draws in children and adults of all abilities, to play and to enjoy, creating a full sensory experience.

Musical knowledge or skill isn’t necessary in order to create beautiful sounds for both the players and those listening nearby.

Everyone can enjoy play for years to come; Freenotes instruments are made for the outdoors, durability, longevity and accessibility are built in.

It is easy to meet your budget, with individual pieces starting at just $1695.00, or by grouping several instruments for more fun.

Call me I am happy to assist you with an individual piece or a grouping to suit your needs.

In Pursuit of “Musical” Play,

Nicole Stoddard – LuckyDog Recreation

P.S. Yes, you can help to ensure your budget for 2018 with smart playground additions that serve every member of your community.LuckyDog Recreation

Go For The Extraordinary With Berliner Playground Equipment

Berliner – Play Equipment for Life

Yes, extraordinary is the perfect term for Berliner Play Equipment. I think you will agree once you have experienced the beautiful sleek designs that fit right into your landscape and actually played on Berliner play equipment.

Berliner playgrounds present an attractive challenge for every age group. Each design can hold a lot of children, giving them room to climb, spin, swing and spark imaginations while they develop their psychomotor skills.

“All playgrounds are constructed in a technically sophisticated way and are made from quality materials such as stainless steel, powder-coated aluminum and HDPE. They stand for the greatest amount of safety, long service life and all meet U.S. safety standards. Every playground is very low-maintenance and causes hardly any subsequent costs.” Berliner

Ready for something extraordinary?

Call me!

Nicole Stoddard – Berliner Representative for Utah, Idaho and Wyoming

P.S. We just received new Berliner catalogs, I would love to send you one.

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Introducing Playground Designer Rhetta McIff

Earlier this year we were fortunate to have Rhetta McIff join the LuckyDog team. Rhetta is our new Creative Playground Designer. Her years of experience working with local municipalities have already paid off. Her playground designs are spot on when it comes to innovation and fitting the wants and needs of the customer.

Before joining LuckyDog Rhetta worked for the Utah Department of Health collecting student injury data from all Utah School Districts to assist with safety and prevention practices. Most recently she worked at her local city office building strong community engagement through revitalization efforts including local parks and playgrounds.

Rhetta and her husband Brett are parents of two active and dynamic children who keep them laughing every day.

We are honored that Rhetta has joined the LuckyDog Team and know you will love working with her on your playground projects. As the Creative Play Designer for LuckyDog Recreation, she is unique in her approach to every playground design she creates.

In Pursuit of Play,

Nicole Stoddard

Berliner “Lunch-n-Learn” Tour A Huge Success

Thank you, everyone, for the tremendous response to the recent “Lunch-n-Learn” tour from Boise, Idaho to the Wasatch Front in Utah with Berliner’s CEO, Lukas Steinke.

Part of our tour included stopping at sites where Berliner play equipment is currently installed. 

Berliner playground equipment at Brookside Park in Daybreak Utah

These pictures are from Brookside Park located at the Daybreak Community in South Jordan, Utah. 

Day Break facilities manager, Don Scott met with us to discuss the success of their parks featuring Berliner playground equipment and talk about future expansions to Day Breaks pocket parks which have become a Daybreak Community signature. 

Check out all the “fun” for yourself at:
Brookside Park in Daybreak
4863 Fish Hook Road,
South Jordan, Utah 84095

“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

For another opportunity to visit with Lukas Steinke, be sure to visit the Berliner booth #715 at the Landscape Architect Conference and Expo, October 20-23. Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Convention Center

In Pursuit of Play,

Nicole Stoddard, LuckyDog Recreation

Free Buddy Bench with Purchase of Playcraft Systems Playground Equipment


Make your playgrounds kid-friendly with “Buddy Bench”

Purchase Playcraft Systems® playground equipment and get a 
Buddy Bench Free!


The “Buddy Bench” is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground.

Maybe a child is new to your school, or their friends are absent that day, or a bully keeps picking on them.


Being excluded based on physical or mental differences is a common problem faced by children in school. Exclusion often leads to bullying.


More than 80% of bullying isn’t reported to adults out of peer pressure. Or having witnessed the event, being unprepared to do something about it.

Children form their own social structure in school naturally. But giving kids the tools and training to combat bullying and create an inclusive school climate of their own is important.


To respond empathetic, kids must see themselves as people who care and value others’ thoughts and feelings.


By learning about differences in others, children are more accepting of this diversity and make accommodations.


With a little knowledge and training, a new world opens to children with friendships that might have never been.


By giving children the framework to develop empathy and generosity towards others an aperture to a brighter future is created.

Tools like the “Buddy Bench” are integral to this end. Playcraft Systems®

Call now! so we can include a “Buddy Bench” with your new Playcraft Systems® playground equipment order.

In Pursuit of “Inclusive” Play

Nicole Stoddard – Playcraft Systems® Representative for Utah, Idaho and Wyoming

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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

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