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Playground Slides are for Fun, not for Cooking

Summer is here and the kids are excited to spend their time on the playground, but are the playgrounds ready for them?

The weather in the intermountain west can be so hot that you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. Just imagine how hot playground slides and other dark or metal objects can be on tender skin.

Summer Playground Slide for Fun - LuckyDog RecreationDo a Playground Walkthrough

As we move into the hot summer months, consider a walkthrough of your playgrounds and look for those things that you can adjust to account for the heat.

An excellent tool for checking the temperature is a handheld point-and-shoot infrared thermometer. They are often used in cooking, such as on the grill, but can be used to check your equipment before a child gets burned.

Look especially at dark metal or plastic, flat surfaces such as slides and playground decks, and particularly south and west facing structures. Even a brief touch, especially with a child’s delayed reflexes, can result in up to second-degree burns. Be sure to measure temperatures mid-day to evening, as summer afternoons are scorchers!

Summer Safety Tips for Hot Playground Slides and Playground Equipment

You can do a lot to mitigate the problems from excess temperatures:

  • Provide shade: Shade your playground structures with shade sails, trees, or by locating the playground where shade from buildings is available.
  • Safe placement for slides: When possible, install slides facing east or north.
  • Put up a sign: Consider marking your structures with warnings that temperatures can be high and could result in burns.
  • No wet swimsuits: Remember that water conducts heat, so wet swimsuits shouldn’t be on hot slides.
  • Drinking water: Heat exhaustion and dehydration can occur quickly in children. Provide plenty of drinking water.
  • Use water sources: Providing clean, not hot, water nearby is a great way to make sure children are safe and happy as they enjoy the playgrounds during the summer heat.

Have fun and play safe,

Dr. McIff

Dr. Brett McIff - LuckyDog RecreationDr. Brett McIff has worked in physical activity promotion for over 20 years in a variety of fields from personal training to policy development.  He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah in Exercise and Sports Science. He continued his graduate work with a Master of Science in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Public Health at Walden University.

Brett has served as President of the National Physical Activity Society and as President of the Utah Chapter of the Society of Public Health Educators and served on expert panels with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Academy of Science.  He works with committees at the national, state, and local levels to promote environments that encourage regular physical activity.

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.

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

Why Choose Goalsetter Basketball Hoops for your Playground or Park ?

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When it comes to commercial grade playground equipment for Utah, Wyoming and Idaho playgrounds and parks, we always look for the very best in quality and price.

LuckyDog Recreation is proud to be the Utah, Wyoming and Idaho’s Commercial Distributor for Goalsetter® Basketball Hoops – Best in Basketball™. Why? because their hoop system is the standard by which all other hoop systems are measured.

Whether you are tall, short, young, old, a beginner or an experienced player, you have the ability to adjust the height of the rim to your heart’s content with the magic behind the Goalsetter® brand.

What’s so cool about Goalshetter® is a hoop system that performs like those found in high schools, colleges and the NBA. No matter what Utah or Idaho playgrounds or parks boasts about this commercial basketball hoop you will find kids of all ages, sizes and skill gravitating to the best hoop in the neighborhood.

Additionally, Goalsetter® hoop systems are 100% made in the heartland of the USA.

“Every component of a Goalsetter® is selected for its ability to deliver competition-grade performance, to withstand the environment and the elements, and to stand the test of time under aggressive play.

From the H-Frame backboard, to the patented internal Compression Height Adjustment mechanism, to the exclusive Hinged Ground-Anchor system, Goalsetter® is focused on building a basketball hoop system that will span generations.”  –  GOALSETTER®

Attention Purchasing Specifiers and Architects, here are some of the specification highlights of the Goalsetter® product:

Backboard Strength

  • A 3/8” competition, tempered GLASS backboard is built to withstand the toughest environments, in all kinds of weather.
  • The innovative H-Frame design combines unparalleled ball response with lifetime durability
  • A wide variety of sizes:  36”x54”, 38”x60”, 42”x72”
  • We guarantee you will find the perfect goal for your playground or park.

Pole Design

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Internal Height Mechanism / Off-Set Pole

  • Built tough! the Off-Set Pole Design minimizes shake and is built to last!
  • The design enhances the stability and play of the backboard for years of home court play.
  • Corrosion-resistant paint process ensures that your basketball system will look good year after year, no matter what the weather.

Height Adjustment

  • Patented Internal Compression Height Adjustment Mechanism allows the rim height to raise and lower from 6ft to 10ft.
  • Smooth, effortless adjustment with a simple turn of the height adjustment handle.
  • Efficient and safer than standard tension jack mechanisms.
  • Rim Height Indicator allows for easy rim height selection and verification.
  • Height Adjustment Handle and optional Keyed Pinlock allow your Goalsetter® to be locked at any height.
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Ground Anchor

Professional Installation

Of course, LuckyDog offers professional installation to your Utah or Idaho playground or park. LuckyDog is unique in the commercial sports equipment industry, we choose the best equipment and also insure that it is professionally installed by our certified construction crew.

Ground Anchor Hinge System

Get the strongest foundation with Goalsetter’s patented Ground Anchor Hinge System:

  • 42” long structural steel anchor to provide the strongest foundation available.
  • Superior performance and durability.

When it comes to choosing the very best in basketball hoops we always go for the top in quality and ease of use.

  • You will know that your Goalsetter® Basketball Hoop is an asset to your Utah, Wyoming or Idaho park or playground.
  • You will appreciate the Goalsetter’s long life and hours of playground fun.

Call us, we will help you choose the perfect Goalsetter® for your playground needs.

Nicole Stoddard – Your Utah, Wyoming and Idaho commercial playground specialist.

P.S. Remember we also have a professional installation crew, making it easy to schedule your playground today.

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Apollo Rotating Climber Brings New Fun to Bothwell, Utah Park

Town of Bothwell Utah The community playground in Bothwell, Utah keeps growing with new playground equipment. In fact, the park now boasts a new commercial playground rotating climber, a 21st century merry-go-round by Dynamo Playgrounds.

The children of the small community of Bothwell, Utah aren’t the only ones enjoying the PlayCraft Playground Equipment LuckyDog installed last summer in the community park. Families for miles around are getting in on the fun play action.

This summer, 2014, playground fun grew even bigger and better as phase two of the park went into production, and LuckyDog Recreation installed new rope climber commercial playground equipment.

Imagine a merry-go-round! You know, the ones from yester-year.

Now imagine that merry-go-round just got about 12’ taller and 10’ bigger around at the base. What? A spinning toy that is 12 feet tall? Yep! Now add to it the fact that children and their grown-up counter-parts that are kids at heart can climb, spin and giggle all at the same time.

This new spinning game addition, known as the Apollo Rotating Climber, is manufactured by Dynamo Playgrounds and is distributed and installed by LuckyDog Recreation.

Gary Feldman, volunteer playground project coordinator, says they have run out of room but will be adding seating and tables for picnicking very soon.

When asked how the community liked the new addition to the playground, volunteer Jay Christensen, the park construction coordinator said,
The Apollo has been a great addition to the playground. Kids run to it first and it seems like they can’t get enough of it.”

We second that emotion!

In fact, you should see what happened when the LuckyDog construction team stopped by to inspect the Apollo Spinner (or so they say. . . maybe they just wanted to go for a spin).

Notice the multicolored rope…very fun.

So what are you waiting for? Grab a child or two and head on over to the Bothwell, Utah Community Park.

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Have fun!

Nicole Stoddard, LuckyDog Recreation

Bringing you the best in Commercial Climbing Playground Equipment

P.S. Like the Dynamo Apollo Rotating Climber? Download specs here!

P.P.S. Calling Landscape Architects: Are you an architect who wants your commercial playground to be over the top and out of this world? Call LuckyDog Recreation for user name and password to gain full access to plans for this rotating climber and all the Dynamo Playgrounds, climbers playgrounds, nets, and “Imagination Series” challenge course games.

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Click and Save As to Download the Dynamo Commercial Playground Equipment PDFs:

Download Apollo Specs PDF

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