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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

Bold, Vidid Colors for Shelley Elementary School Playground Equipment


Bold, vividly colored Utah school playground equipment was a perfect addition to the existing playground equipment for the Shelley Elementary Explorers in American Fork, Utah. The bright “John Deere” yellow and green completed the color combination used in the school logo.

From start to finish, the school kids were a big part of the building process. The LuckyDog crew braved some tough fall weather so the Explorers could go on to search and discover loads of fun.

“I can tell you as a teacher that the playground installation has been a wonderful experience for our students!  I had kindergarteners asking the workers great questions about the construction process and about the machines they used.  The crew stopped and took the time to answer the kids.  You guys are amazing and I’m so proud to be part of our school community.” 
Shelley Elementary Teacher

Utah School Playground Equipment at Shelly Elementary in American Fork

Playcraft™ Playground Structure

Shelley’s PlayCraft™ Systems play equipment includes three bright yellow slides: a dual express slide, plus kid favorites, the spiral slide, and wave slide. 

Utah School Playground Equipment by LuckyDog Recreation

The spiral step climber opposite of the deep rung arch climber gives access to the short arch bridge and onto the horizontal ladder, a twist on the classic monkey bar design.

Utah School Playground Equipment For Utah School Playgrounds by LuckyDog Recreation

A nice yellow lily pad seat and open store panel below the wave slide allows for imaginative free play.

Did You Know?

American Fork was the first Utah Territory community to offer public education to its citizens. The first public school was established around 1860. The Alpine School District mission statement honors it roots by “Educating All Students to Ensure the Future of Our Democracy.”

Choosing The Right Utah School Playground Equipment

Our in-house playground design expert, Lynette Turner, will help you choose the right color combinations for your playground.

When it comes to choosing the right equipment for your school playground, you know the perfect structure for the perfect price, We can help you with options you have never even thought of.

In Pursuit of Play!

Nicole Stoddard – Playcraft™ Rep Utah School Playground Equipment

P.S. Thanks to the LuckyDog Construction Crew! I am one LuckyDog to be working with you.

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*Explorers Logo photo credit: Shelley Elementary

An All-American Elementary School Playground for Kings Peak

Designing a Utah elementary school playground that fits a school budget and still packs a lot of play into a small space takes some real planning. But with the help of Playcraft™ Systems we designed a fun, imaginative playground for the kids of Kings Peak Elementary in Roosevelt.

Under general contractor Westland Construction of Orem, Utah, the LuckyDog construction crew installed a stellar ALL-AMERICAN playground that includes 4 swings, 3 slides, a snake climber, and one Kings Peak “Boulder Stack Climber.”
Utah Elementary School Playground Equipment for Lone Peak Elementary in Roosevelt Utah

An Elementary School Playground as American as Apple Pie

When Duchesne School District requested designs for new playground equipment, a decision on equipment color was easy: a red, white and blue “All-American” theme. A picture-perfect playground for America’s Independence Day every year!

This crisp colored PlayCraft™ structure holds a ton of activities that children ages 2 to 12 love to play on.  Maybe the kids can find an apple pie at the “Store Panel,” keeping an eye out for fireworks as they look through the “Telescope,” and parade across the “Arch Bridge” – all while under the bright red arched canopies.

Utah Elementary School Playgrounds - Playgroud Equipment by LuckyDog Recreation

Roosevelt Utah Elementary School

Kings Peak Elementary is located in a Utah town named after a very famous United States president – Theodore Roosevelt.  It also sits in the shadow of Utah’s highest peak: the beautiful and prominent Kings Peak.

Next time you are visiting Roosevelt, maybe heading towards a hike at Kings Peak, stop by and check out this classic red, white, and blue playground.

Kings Peak Elementary School
437 N 300 W
Roosevelt, UT 84066

Want a fun-filled Utah elementary school playground that fits your budget and playground site? Our in-house Utah Elementary School Playground Design Specialist, Lynette Turner, can help.

Nicole Stoddard – Exclusive Utah Rep for Playcraft™ Systems

P.S. Happy Independence Day

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Playground for Franklin Elementary School, Salt Lake City, Utah

Franklin Elementary school playground equipment, located in Salt Lake City School District, is another example of the fantastic playground design LuckyDog Recreation creates with the PlayCraft Systems™ equipment line.

School Playground Equipment Utah - LuckyDog Recreation

This nature themed elementary school playground structure was designed specifically for the kindergarten area. The playground equipment and the coordinating pour-in-place safety surfacing fits right in with the surrounding design of the school and privacy fence.

The equipment offers both active play and quiet play areas, maximizing the space available; not an inch or space was left unutilized.

This is the perfect school playground equipment for active engagement. The structure includes several climbing activities and sliding activity plus fun balancing and rocking activities.

In addition to active imagination free play, there is a seating area for quiet play.

Kids love the balance beam alligator! You will find that it does not take long for them to name their new friend.

We are proud of the work we do. This was a turnkey project, the LuckyDog Recreation construction team removed and disposed of the old equipment, supplied and installed the new equipment and prepared the site (compacted road base) for the pour-in-place surfacing.

Nicole Stoddard – LuckyDog Sales-woman representing Playcraft Systems™

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P.S. Like this playground? For a PDF of the top-view and parts list click here: Franklin Playground Layout and Parts List

Franklin Elementary School
1115 300 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84104

CONTRACTOR: LuckyDog Recreation
OWNER: Salt Lake School District
MANUFACTURER: PlayCraft Systems™

Utah School Playground Equipment - LuckyDog Recreation

Playcraft Playground Equipment - LuckyDog Recreation

School Playground Equipment Utah - LuckyDog Recreation

Playcraft Playground Equipment - LuckyDog Recreation

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