Archive for Playground Equipment

Adopting A Craftsman’s Mindset

LuckyDog Recreation is in the business of articulating to you, our valued customer, the quality mindset behind everything we do. While speedy delivery and installation of your playgrounds are something we aspire to, we never take shortcuts on giving you the time and attention you deserve to get a play system you will LOVE.

The expression ‘quality takes time’ can easily be attributed to what we do at LuckyDog Recreation and Playcraft Systems®, our premier playground brand. While your equipment arrival time is lessened by the shortened distance between Playcraft’s factory in Oregon to you in Idaho, Utah or Wyoming (saves you on freight too), we never take shortcuts on quality.

Each and every component that makes up an order is fabricated only after it’s ordered with the mindset of a craftsman and the care and attention to detail you have come to expect from Playcraft and LuckyDog.

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So let’s start today building your dream playground tomorrow. Call our Team of Professionals at 800-388-2196. Or if you need it yesterday, visit Playcraft on CADDetails.com where we have hundreds of play system options, site furnishings and independent components. Visit: CAD details.com

An Insider Peak Into A Playground Factory
Ever wonder what goes on inside a playground factory? It’s a mystery, right? No longer. This video offers you a taste of the craftsman’s mindset that goes into every Playcraft Systems® play structure. Enjoy!

Spring Into Play With Playcraft Systems Rewards

It is that time of year again to spring into savings with the purchase of a
Playcraft Systems playground!

Playcraft Systems Spring Rewards

This program allows you to choose one freestanding item at no additional charge. The Play Rewards Program covers all accepted purchase orders through April 30th, 2019.

So let’s get busy and create fabulous playgrounds that qualify you for clever playground equipment additions.

In Pursuit of Play,

Leslie Smith – Idaho – 208-521-8997

Rhetta McIff – Utah – 385-222-1030

Nicole Stoddard – Wyoming – 800-388-2196

GaGa Ball Pits Are Easy With This Gaga Ball Kit

GaGa Ball Pits take dodgeball to a whole new level of play and a Play Action Systems Gaga Ball kit makes the game easy to set up.

GaGa literally means “touch-touch” in Hebrew. The game is a variant of dodgeball played in a GaGa pit that is usually an octagon or hexagon shaped wall on top of a smooth surface of dirt, turf, or a rubber mat.

See the Gaga Ball Pit in Action…

gaga ball kit by luckydog recreation - play action systemsPlayers of all ages love to play this simple yet invigorating game of running, dodging, jumping and striking, making it a popular game for camps, schools, playgrounds and recreation centers.

This kinder and gentler form of dodgeball has grown in popularity because it doesn’t require the skills of other sports. It just takes the willingness to follow the rules and have fun. The Gaga Ball rules and the confined space along with the soft GaGa ball create a safe game that leans more towards just plain fun than athletic performance.

The action of a GaGa Ball Pit is addicting, the game moves extremely quickly. Players must keep moving to avoid being hit by the ball and eliminated and at the same time try to hit their opponents below the knees with the ball.

Because it is fun and easy, everyone is sure to get a workout. Of course, the last player standing is the winner.

Once the game ends, all players are back in the pit for more, guaranteed!

Play Action Systems Gaga Ball Pit Kit

LuckyDog Recreation offers three sizes of modular ‘kits’ for indoor or outdoor use.

“Each kit comes complete with stanchions and borders to create the GaGa Pit. Each ‘wall’ of the pit is constructed of 4′ sections of double stacked borders resulting in side panels that are 28″ high. The 28″ height allows for maximum ball rebound and easy pit entrance and exit by players. Our stanchions can be permanently anchored if desired (not included) and are PVC coated for maximum durability. Additionally, our stanchion design keeps the pit panels raised 4″ for easier pit cleaning of debris.” Action Play Systems

Ready to play?

Call us at LuckyDog Recreation for your very own GaGa Ball kit.

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P.S. You can get more information on GaGa Ball Pits over at Playpedia, our favorite resource for all things playground. Don’t forget to sign up for their Newsletter while you are there.

See You At 2019 URPA Conference In St. George, Utah

This year at the 2019 URPA Conference in St. George, LuckyDog Recreation is sponsoring an education session on inclusive rope-based play.

As you know, creating an inclusive play environment is much more that providing easy access to play equipment, it is creating an environment where everyone no matter their ability can be integrated into the group as a whole.

Interestingly, a rope-based playground are the perfect way to entice and include everyone on the playground.

Wednesday Education Session Presented by LuckyDog Recreation & Berliner

Adaptive rope-based play for expanding Inclusive Playgrounds

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1) Walk away with unique examples that provide Equivalent Facilitation for playgrounds.
2) Be informed of other less-discussed disabilities and how to easily plan for them.
3) Receive a “refresher” course on Ground Level Requirements, Ramps, and Transfer Systems.

DATE: Wednesday March 13th, 2019
TIME: 3:55 PM
LOCATION: Dixie Conference Center, St George, Snow Canyon Room

On Tuesday, stop by our trade show booth to personally meet the education session presenter, Brian Chaff.

Trade Show – Tuesday, March 12 – 12 noon to 3 pm
Education Session – Wednesday, March 13 – 3:55 pm – The Snow Canyon Room

Looking forward to seeing you in sunny St. George.

Playfully,

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

CJ Stoddard, CPSI
Construction Manager – 208-521-5719

2019 URPA - Inclusive Rope-base play by Berliner and LuckyDog Recreation

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Announcing the Buddy Bench 2019 Giveaway

We are so excited to announce that we are giving away a Playcraft® Buddy Bench every month for the rest of 2019.
The Buddy Bench is a simple way to create friendship on the playground, and now you can WIN ONE!

Win a Playcraft Buddy Bench

FOR YOUR SCHOOL
YOUR FAVORITE PARK
YOUR OFFICE
YOUR CHURCH
DONATE IT (to your favorite nieces/nephew’s school, for example)

Actually, all LuckyDog Recreation Newsletter Subscribers are automatically entered into the monthly drawing! You don’t have to do a thing unless you want to increase your chances of winning by completing a new entry form here.

A drawing will take place at the end of every month. Winners will be announced in the LuckyDog Newsletter. Winners will be notified by email.

You can see all of the official contest rules on this page.

Good Luck!

Presenting the Buddy Bench as a Playground Tool…

The Buddy Bench by Playcraft® Systems

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.

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

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

INCLUSION
Kids 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.

EMPATHY
Training to respond empathically, kids must see themselves as people
who care and value others’ thoughts and feelings.

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

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

PLAY UNITES US
By giving kids the framework to develop empathy and generosity towards others, an aperture to a bright future is created.

The Playcraft® Buddy Bench is the perfect playground tool.

If you live in Idaho, Utah or Wyoming you can WIN A Buddy Bench.

LuckyDog Recreation is giving away a free Buddy Bench every month for the rest of the 2019, go now and enter to win.

To see all the rules for this giveaway click here.  to: https://luckydogrecreation.com/win-playcraft-buddy-bench/

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

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

The LuckyDog Team is pleased Everlast Climbing™   is one of the Playcore companies we represent.

Call us today and create the perfect indoor playground for your own team.

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

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

Playground Safety Quiz – See What You Do Know

So you think you know a lot about playgrounds? We believe you! So just for fun, see if you can pass this playground safety surfacing quiz?
 
What loose-fill safety surfacing meets ADA requirements, stays in place
 even in Rocky Mountain gale-force winds, and won’t break your budget?

Multiple Choice (select 1)

A. Engineer Wood Fiber

B. Sand or Gravel

C. Rubber Mulch from GroundSmart™

If you selected C. Rubber Mulch from GroundSmart™, then you are well on your way to being even smarter when it comes to protecting children from playground falls while protecting your playground budget from annual refills.

GroundSmart™ is IPEMA certified, meets requirements for wheelchair accessibility (ADA) and the best part? You’ll find your surfacing “stays put,” even after a big wind storm. “Now that’s a LuckyDog!”

Take a look at how easy the installation of GroundSmart™ Rubber Mulch was on these recent Playcraft Systems™ playgrounds at Cole Elementary and Sunrise Elementary, Laramie County School District #1, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

 

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Playground safety surfacing in Wyoming
Interested in investing in your playground?

Learn all about Playground Mulch: Download this PDF

We Take Your Playground Safety Seriously

Meet LuckyDog’s Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSI)
At LuckyDog Recreation, your one-stop source for play equipment design, site construction and equipment installation, we take your “play-project” seriously.

Certified Playground Safety Inspectors receive the most up-to-date training on playground safety including hazard identification, equipment, specification, surfacing requirements, and risk management methods.

James Savee CPSI - LuckyDog Recreation

Johnathan Mills CPSI - LuckyDog Recreation

Curtis Stoddard CPSI - LuckyDog Recreation

Rhetta McIff CPSI - LuckyDog Recreation

Nicole Stoddard CPSI - LuckyDog Recreation

This Utah Residential Playground Is True To The Environment

Designing this Utah residential playground was a lot of fun because these homeowners knew exactly what they wanted; a unique playground for a family that loves to play.

Set back against the picturesque playground of the Wasatch Mountains this aesthetically-pleasing play equipment LuckyDog install fits perfectly in the family backyard environment. The impressive Berliner Globe and a 75′ zip line called the Berliner Speedway put this playground over the top!

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The Globe is an architecturally-stunning net climber surrounded by thick wood beams that will handle the heat and snow, becoming more beautiful as they age. Huge shade sails provide a respite from the hot summer sun and give perfect areas to dine or sit and watch kids play.

Berliner Globe at Utah Residential Playground

The curved posts of the Speedway and their bold red color make them visible but not obvious as the shape blends perfectly into the environment. It’s art and play perfectly fused.

Berliner Speedway at Utah residential playground

Wouldn’t you agree that it’s an outdoor space that is inviting and fun?

Berliner Play Equipment makes a statement where ever they are built and with the backdrop of gorgeous scenery and mountains they truly shine.

In Pursuit of Play,

Rhetta McIff, Utah Creative Play Designer

P.S. Need a residential playground and want one that is uniquely fun and beautiful? Call us.

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Salt Lake City Elementary School Creates New Playground

J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School – A Salt Lake City Elementary School

You know you have a special principal and an amazing school when they come together to build a whole new play space from the ground up.

Principal Betsy Hunt is so passionate about her students and their well being that she worked with the school to fund their whole entire new playground with grant money…which takes a real dedication of time, attention and effort, let alone the additional paperwork.

Because Principal Hunt knows how much students benefit from outdoor play she was enthusiastic about making sure each piece of playground equipment was evaluated and discussed to make sure it would increase body movements and offered active play. She knows that back in the classroom both the students and teachers reap the benefits of improved focus and increased testing scores from active play.

Cosgriff Old Playground Equipment

OLD PLAYGROUND AND PLAY AREA

J.E. Cosgriff Elementary School took an old and well-used playground and completely revitalized it by doubling the play equipment, adding exercise equipment, and covering the whole area with new Pour-In-Place surfacing.

There is Nothing Passive on this New Play Structure!

The new playground is a unique design encouraging students to be extremely active. Every deck is accessible from all sides by using upper or lower body strength and movements to work their way across the structure. Steppers of all heights connect students to additional climbers and activities providing them with an amazing way to go completely around the structures while never touching the ground!

Vibrant and Exciting

The playground was designed around the bright primary colors of old the original piece of equipment offering a cohesiveness between old and new. It’s a vibrant and exciting playground!

Beautiful Playground Surfacing

Pour-In-Place surfacing gives this play area supreme cushioning and keeps the surface color light to decrease heat. Blending beige and black made it an affordable option, LuckyDog worked with the FlexGround installation professionals producing a look that is silky smooth!

Building Cosgriff Playground

WHAT IT TAKES TO INSTALL POUR IN PLACE SURFACING

 

NEW EQUIPMENT AND BUFFINGS

FINALIZING THE TOP COAT OF THE NEW SURFACING

Perfect Planning

From initial planning to completion was a full year but the time was well spent in planning so no decision was rushed.

A PERFECT BLEND OF OLD AND NEW

Congratulations to everyone at J.E. Cosgriff Memorial School. I admire your insight and dedication.

Thank you for letting LuckyDog be a part of your playground transformation.

In Pursuit of Play

Rhetta McIff, Utah Creative Play Designer
385-222-1030

P.S. Dreaming about your own color combinations? Download: Playcraft Color Pallet 2018

P.S. Interested in seeing this fabulous elementary school playground and the Poured-in-Place surfacing?
Go to:
J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School
2335 Redondo Ave. Salt Lake City, UT 84108

In Berlin To Play On Berliner Unique Play Equipment

We all know the saying “All work and no play makes . . .”! So when part of the LuckyDog Team was invited to Berlin Germany to experience Berliner play equipment firsthand, we “jumped” at the chance.

Of course, we attended a few days of meetings and ate some of the most amazing food. All who have traveled to Europe know what we’re talking about.

Actually playing in the world of Berliner Playground Equipment was the really fun part!

And Play we did! from testing some of the most unique playground equipment to climbing net towers to returning to earth via the most fabulous slides ever!

In this short video, the LuckyDog Recreation Team shares the fun we had in Berlin at the Berliner Play Equipment factory and at their exciting playground installations in the city.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTMcAyLaxL0

As you can see in the video, the play toys are sized to accommodate adult bodies and create enough fun to interest kids for hours on end. It is the most amazing product line.

A big thanks to our hosts at the Berliner Seilfabrik factory and at our meetings. We appreciate your care and attention to detail. The German Berliner crew are superb hosts and we all can’t wait for a return visit.

Now back in the USA we are excited to share with you, all the playground fun and unique play equipment by Berliner.

So no, you don’t have to go to Germany for an amazingly fun playground experience. We can help you bring one of these unique playgrounds right to your community neighborhood.

Playfully, The LuckyDog Team

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Enter To Win A Buddy Bench

Buddy Bench is a simple way to create friendship on the playground. Now You Can WIN ONE!

·FOR YOUR SCHOOL 
·YOUR FAVORITE PARK
·YOUR OFFICE
·YOUR CHURCH
·DONATE IT to your favorite nieces/nephew’s school, for example

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