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Primer: The History of Rope Play

What comes to mind when thinking of a playground?

Often, it is a multicolored structure with a slide coming from its side, a swing set and monkey bars. However, there is an alternate piece of equipment that is not only inclusive and accessible but also visually stimulating. It inspires balance and coordination, muscle development and strength, problem-solving, imaginative play, and increased self-confidence for every kind of child.

Perhaps the most surprising thing to learn is that this structure is simple and has been around since the 1930s. If you guessed rope-play equipment, you guessed right.

Interestingly enough, a boxer named Joseph Brown is credited with the invention of rope-based play. Joseph left Temple University where he was studying physical education to become a professional boxer in the 1930s. In 1931 after suffering an injury, he returned to school to complete his degree. Seemingly a man of many talents, Joe spent six years as a sculptor before he was hired by Princeton University to train other boxers.

It was in the 1950s that he began to take notice of the importance that movement through sports and play had on the development of young people. He created designs that were termed revolutionary for the time, installing a number of prototypes in Philadelphia and abroad.

Rope play did not take off in the 1950s because Joe did not have the manufacturing capacity to mass produce his equipment. However, his designs are used in today’s popular high rope gardens. It wasn’t until the 1970s that Berliner Seilfabrick picked up his rope-play concept. Berliner then paved the way for today’s rope-based play industry on a commercial basis, designing and mass producing the first net climber.

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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.
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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. 

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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

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