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A New Generation of Playgrounds Engaging Kids In Free Play

Dynamo rotating climbers make it easier than ever to create playgrounds that challenge kids physically and socially by engaging them in free play.

The rewards of working in the playground industry are just plain fun!

The people we work with are passionate about bringing the power of play to kids, schools and communities. Plus, we get the great satisfaction of seeing kids and their families actually experiencing joyful play.

There is something magical in taking down the construction safety nets and opening the playground up to the kids. Their imaginations are as wild and contagious as their laughter.

Modern playground equipment has evolved from the standard slippery slide and jungle gym to electronic play boards, rope climbers, rotating climbers, rock climbing walls, spinners and challenge courses.

New playgrounds are designed to promote exercise, good heath, motion, social activity, spark imaginations and engage kids in free play.

In some of my favorite playground designs we were able to include climbing playground equipment by Dynamo Playgrounds, a leader in the playground industry. Rope climbing playgrounds not only encourage free play, they encourage self-imposed goal attainment.

Dynamo Astro with Rob Lockhart and the LuckyDog Crew

The LuckyDog Crew with Rob Lockhart on the Dynamo Astro Rotating Climber.

Rob Lockhart, Dynamo Playgrounds, is the perfect example of someone who is passionate about play. He definitely brings with him a better play experience…

“The motives for good activity choices in free play are many, starting with the need for children to be physically active to build fit and strong bodies. These incentives extend with the benefits of active play in promoting better academic success, continue in the indirect learning opportunities, and include the enhancement of essential life skills such as decision making and self-confidence.”  Rob Lockhart, Dynamo Playgrounds – Read More

Yes, it can be a challenge to create playgrounds that are appealing to kids of all ages, playgrounds that are engaging enough to draw them out doors, playgrounds that engage kids in free play.  That is where we have had huge successes with Dynamo:

“We live on Stierman Way, near Orval Krasen Park. Our boys have grown up playing there since we moved into the neighborhood 9 years ago. I wanted to thank you for the new playground equipment. First, our boys love it. Second, it has brought the kids “out of the woodwork” from around our neighborhood.”

Tonight there were more kids than I’ve ever seen enjoying the new spinning cone [Apollo Rotating Climber], playing kickball, swinging, and generally recreating at “our” park. We now hear the joyful sound of kids playing with ours in our neighborhood. This is something I’ve waited 9 years for.   Thank you.”

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“The Apollo Rotating Climber has been a great addition to the playground. Kids run to it first and it seems like they can’t get enough of it.”    J. Christensen, Bothwell, Utah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GtViYm8PDA

A big thank you to all the playground professionals who have joined us in “The Pursuit of Play”.

Nicole Stoddard – Sales Rep for Dynamo Playgrounds

P.S. Interested in a playground that engages kids in “Free Play”? Call me.

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Did You Miss Last Year’s Drainage Lunch-n-Learn?

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Be Smart about your Drainage, Go With The Flow

Proper Drainage Means Moving Water from the Playground

Playground Drainage

This is an example of poor playground drainage.

Playground drainage is a critical part of keeping playground equipment and surfacing in proper working order, safe and usable. When purchasing a new car, it looks and runs great for a while, but if the oil is never changed and if the windows are left open when it rains, the car may continue to look good on the outside, but the interior and what’s under the hood will be damaged causing the engine to fail and the car to wear prematurely.

This is similar to what happens to a playground when there is water in a pit with no accommodations made for getting it out. Water needs to be controlled by keeping it out of the pit altogether or planning a way to move the water out of the surfacing area when it does get in.

Standing water will cause the resilient surfacing and play equipment to age and deteriorate prematurely. The structural integrity of the concrete footings will be compromised, rust will begin to shorten the life of any metal in the surfacing, molds and mildews will grow, and the surfacing will not have the impact attenuation that it is designed to have. The life of the investment is shortened and the play area may become unusable.

There are four issues involved with playground drainage:

  1. Environmental factors
  2. Problems related to standing water in the play area
  3. Types of drainage for playgrounds
  4. Construction considerations

Environmental Factors Affecting Drainage

There are many environmental factors that affect drainage. Five of the most common encountered by playground builders are:

  1. Topography shows the graphic representation of the play area illustrating the elevations and their relationship to other features at the site, such as buildings, sidewalks, etc.

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Play and Playground Magazine for Utah & Idaho

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Architects, Installers, Schools, and Park & Recreation in Utah & Idaho

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New Articles in the Spring Issue

Recently my own “Playground Professionals” were featured in the Spring Issue:

“An Interview with Curtis Stoddard”
By: The Play and Playground Magazine

Curtis Stoddard has been a playground contractor for over thirty years and has constructed thousands of playgrounds across the Intermountain West. He co-founded the International Playground Contractors Association (NPCAI) and has been involved with ASTM International (ASTM), the National Playground…
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CJ  added his expertise in an article on playground drainage for keeping your playground equipment and surfacing safe, in working order and free from repairs.  Read More from CJ

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Nicole Stoddard, Playground Sales and Service

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