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Join In The Fun! Grand Opening of Pirate Island Playground

City of Rigby and LuckyDog Recreation announce grand opening and ribbon cutting for Pirate Island Playground

By Sarah Knight
June 6, 2018

Rigby, ID – The City of Rigby and LuckyDog Recreation will be holding the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for Pirate Island Playground on June 9, 2018, at Scotty’s South Park in Rigby. A professional photoshoot will be held from 10 to 11 am, with the ribbon cutting at noon.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their family and a picnic. Families will be invited to meet Slyde the Playground Hound® and enjoy free games and activities.

About Pirate Island Playground

This playground represents the union of Playcraft® and Berliner®, two well-known playground manufacturers, each with unique takes on their equipment design.

The playground, as the name suggests, has a pirate ship, complete with a cannon, wheelhouse, balcony deck and telescope, pirate sail, a maze, an alligator balance beam, rock steps, a cargo net, and much more. In addition to the pirate ship, there is a thirteen-foot double slide, with a drum, horn, chime, and bell panel. Between the large structures, there are two 20ft tall climbing nets, connected together with a net bridge.

As if it couldn’t get any more exciting, there is a multi-spring speedboat for toddlers and a 100ft long zip line for everyone (yes, grownups are welcome!) —and the most incredible feature of it all, is that children can go from one end of the playground to the other without ever touching the ground!

About LuckyDog Recreation

LuckyDog Recreation is Idaho’s local playground equipment supplier and installer with 30 years of experience. They walk clients through the selection, design, purchase, delivery and installation of their playground, and offer post-construction inspections. LuckyDog offers a variety of brands, including Playcraft Systems, Dog-ON-It Parks, Coverworx, Custom Canopies, Aveer Tile Systems, Playsafer, FlexGround, ForeverLawn, Sof’Fall, BRP, ID Sculpture, Goalsetter, Bison, Freenotes Harmony Park, Berliner and Everlast Climbing.

Arrrh Maties – Join us for the fun this Saturday!

Nicole Stoddard – LuckyDog Recreation

P.S. Pirate Island Playground is one of my favorites, the City of Rigby chose some fabulous playground equipment…like the pirate ship in the picture below. Plus the Scotty’s South Park playground is the perfect marriage of Playcraft playground equipment and Berliner play equipment.

Scotty's South Park, Rigby Idaho - Pirate Island Playground

The LuckyDog crew installing Berliner Play Equipment at Pirate Island Playground

“The process [of working with LuckyDog] was a pleasure from the very beginning, from the planning stage to completion; this company was fabulous to work with! They worked in the worst weather and were always cheerful…what a great bunch of guys!

“Nicole, Lynette, Jordyn, CJ, and the rest of the crew feel like family! Not a day went by that we were not in contact. What a wonderful experience!

“The equipment is a well-thought-out portion of our park, and it all fits together perfectly. It catches the eye from the highway and the kids are all smiles! [The playground] has been busy every day since it’s completion!

“I have already recommended LuckyDog to other cities, counties, and schools. They are even my favorites on Facebook! We are hoping to use them again soon in our other park. Thank you!”
Rigby City Clerk – Rigby South Park Playground, Rigby, Idaho

Scotty's South Park, Rigby Idaho - Pirate Island Playground

Playcraft System at Pirate Island Playground

NEED IT YESTERDAY?

Make the most of your playground real-estate with our
IN STOCK READY TO SHIP PLAYGROUND TOYS FROM BERLINER®

LuckyDog Recreation presents THE Berliner® SPACEBALL!

You can learn more about the Berliner® Spaceball with this short video…

Presenting Berliner Spaceball – Perfect School Playground Equipment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR2O2BjA6RU

Architects: download the specifications/CADS here:  Berliner® Spaceball

Berliner Ready to Ship Playgrounds - LuckyDog Recreation

Ready to add new Berliner Play Equipment? – Call LuckyDog Recreation.

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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™ 

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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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqRcO5jeSsU&t=310s

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvs1gIuNcaw&list=PLrx_XOytvnRuaid6zPpQSHhVDa2BxkhWL&index=5

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. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7mdfS0PAjE

“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.

LuckyDog Recreation

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDLsxkcsABU&t=12s

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

UTAH, IDAHO AND WYOMING SCHOOLS 

Make your playgrounds kid-friendly with “Buddy Bench”

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

BUDDY BENCH

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwuOlSS8lL4

EXCLUSION

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

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.

EMPATHY TRAINING

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

DIVERSITY ACCEPTANCE

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

FRIENDSHIP BUILDING

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

PLAY UNITES US ALL

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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