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A-OK Playgrounds

P.O. box 30162 Austin, TX 78755

Commercial playground

Nationwide Sales! A-OK Playgrounds is a leader in designing and selling top-quality commercial and residential playground equipment for indoor and outdoor use. We also sell waterslides, shade structures, sport courts, and more. All products come with dedicated customer service and helpful advice, making the planning process both efficient and fun. Our playground equipment serves schools, parks, churches, restaurants, daycares, YMCA, JCC, HOA, malls, retail sites, hotels and resorts, apartment complexes, residential backyards and more. Let us help you design and plan your playground adventure! Professional CPSI consultants are always available. We sell indoor playground equipmentoutdoor playground equipmentcustom slidessport courtsplayground safety surfacingshade structuresprojection video gamesvirtual reality (VR), play housesbackyards swing setstrampolines, and hunting blinds. Let us help you design and plan your playground adventure.

AAA State of Play

10859 East Washington St.,Suite #100 IN 46229-2615

Playground Sales.

As a nationwide provider of commercial playground equipment, AAA State of Play is committed to bringing a vast assortment of high quality playground equipment and playground sales with an easy way to browse. The AAA State of Play team consists of over 50 full-time employees trained in commercial playgrounds. We are not just online! Our in-house playground installation teams are also constantly traveling to the next destination of play.

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Action Play Systems, LLC

18535 Old Statesville Rd., Suite C Cornelius, , NC 28031

Playground Accessories.

Action Play Systems is the preferred vendor for playground dealers nationwide. Action Play Systems focuses on playground accessories and components such as playground borders, ADA/Wheelchair accessible Ramps, replacement swing parts, sandbox, swing/slide safety surfaces, wear mats and more. 

Adventure Playground Systems

10845 Church Lane Houston, TX 77043

Playground systems

At Adventure Playground Systems, we pride ourselves in providing a safe environment for all children to grow and nurture their natural sense of adventure through play. We are a local Texas manufacturer and nationwide provider of quality Commercial Playgrounds, Splash Pads, Shade Structures, Safety Surfacing, Park Amenities, Dog Parks and more.

Our team members are passionate about creating fun and exciting play products while maintaining that quality, compliance and safety will always be our highest priorities. We offer a complete turn-key project solution, specializing in the design, manufacturing and installation of all your parks and recreation needs. Contact us today for a complimentary catalog or quote. Our Adventure Play Experts are CPSI certified and ready to help!

Alabama Recreation & Parks Association

PO Box 230579 Montgomery, AL 36123-0579

Alabama Recreation & Parks Association

The Alabama Recreation and Parks Association represents more than 800 professionals delivering park, recreation and therapeutic recreation services in local, county, state, school district, private and agency settings. The benefits of Parks and Recreation are endless, serving individuals, our communities, our environment and our economy.

Alaska Recreation & Parks Association

P.O. Box 100161 Anchorage, AK 99510-0161

Alaska Recreation & parks Association

Alaska Recreation & parks Association. Providing a forum for interchange of ideas and information among parks, recreation and wildland professionals and supporters; Promoting the personal, environmental, social and economic benefits of parks, recreation and wildlands

Alberta Recreation & Parks Association

The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association is a non profit organization committed to building healthier and happier communities.  Helping citizens by developing and promoting recreation and parks.

All Play Inc.

13903 Van Wall Houston, TX 77040

All Play, Inc. is a Houston based playground equipment company that knows what it takes to create areas where kids can play, laugh, and grow. Our experienced playground equipment builders specialize in turn-key installations for Texas playgrounds and play spaces, offering play systems and commercial playground equipment that is reliable, safe and endlessly entertaining. All Play Inc.’s park playground equipment boast the features that kids love and the quality construction, design and installation that make everyone happy.

Arizona Parks & Recreation Association

1422 N. 44th St., #211 Phoenix, AZ 85008

Arizona Parks & Recreation

Arizona Parks & Recreation Associations mission is to provide professional development, advocacy and resources to all.  Also to enhance quality of life through parks, recreation and environmental conservation; to positively impact every parks and recreation professional in the State of Arizona.

Arkansas Recreation & Parks Association

PO Box 326 Fayetteville, AR 72702

Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association

Arkansas recreation was Organized in 1964. It is a professional organization for park, recreation and leisure services professionals.

As a National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) affiliate, ARPA strives to provide recreation, park and leisure services professionals with an active organization that broadens recreation, park and also leisure opportunities for all Arkansas citizens.

Association Quebecoise du loisir Municipal

4545 ave Pierre-de-Coubertin CP Montreal, QC H1V 3R2

Association Quebecoise du loisir Municipal

Quebec, Quebecoise Park Association


100 Barr Harbor Dr. West Conshohocken, PA 19428 2959

Playground safety guidelines.

Over 12,000 ASTM standards operate globally. Defined and set by us, their safety guidelines improve the lives of millions every day. Combined with our innovative business services, they enhance performance and help everyone have confidence in the things they buy and use.

Backyard playground safety

Backyard playground safety. If you have playground equipment in your backyard, you’ll want to make it a fun—and safe—place for kids to play. Avoid home playground injuries.

Bears Playgrounds

7625 East Main Rd Lima, NY 14485

Wooden playground mulch

Bears Natural Playgrounds has a selection of surfacing options, from wooden playground mulch to playground borders and accessories also rubber tile and rubber mulch.

Bears Playgrounds – Natural Playgrounds

7577 East Main Rd Lima, NY 14485

Natural Playgrounds

Built exclusively by the Playground Crew at Bears, our Natural Playgrounds are built primarily from cedar logs and are perhaps the best looking systems in the Universe. We offer Nature Inspired Playground structures also independent events and outdoor classroom hard space. Through our Tree Cowboy Division we are working hard to build and create Obstacle Courses, with Adventure Course like events. We offer Tree Play Sculptures and other awesome one of a kind attractions that complement our mission which combine Nature + Art + Play. To top it all off we can provide you with complete Safety Surfacing Systems and turnkey solutions.

Embrace Nature’s Playground: Exploring the Magic of Natural Playgrounds

Natural playgrounds enchant both children and adults with their harmonious blend of the natural world and the joy of play. Let’s embark on a journey into the captivating realm of natural playgrounds, celebrating their unique benefits and the enriching play experiences they offer.

Discovering the Charms of Natural Playgrounds

Natural playgrounds seamlessly meld with their surroundings, utilizing organic elements such as logs, rocks, and plants. They beckon children to explore, imagine, and engage with nature through unstructured, imaginative play. Here’s a closer look at what makes them truly special:

  1. Encouraging Exploration and Creativity
  2. Natural playgrounds provide an open canvas for children’s creativity. Whether they’re building forts with fallen branches or navigating stepping stones across a gentle stream, these environments foster exploration and imaginative play.

  3. Promoting Physical Activity and Risk-Taking
  4. Balancing on logs, climbing rocks, and traversing uneven terrain in natural playgrounds challenge children’s physical skills. This not only enhances their strength and coordination but also nurtures a healthy appetite for calculated risk-taking.

  5. Connecting with Nature
  6. In today’s digital age, natural playgrounds offer a precious opportunity for children to connect with the natural world. They can discover the wonders of ecosystems, observe wildlife, and develop a deep appreciation for the environment.

  7. Cultivating Resilience
  8. Playing in natural settings encourages adaptability and resilience. Children learn to navigate changing conditions, fostering a sense of self-reliance and problem-solving skills.

Explore the World of Natural Playgrounds at

If you’re eager to introduce the magic of natural playgrounds to your community or educational institution, is your ultimate resource. Our extensive directory connects you with reputable manufacturers and suppliers specializing in natural playground equipment. Dive into this enchanting world and create a haven of nature-inspired play for children to thrive and explore.

Best in Backyards

30 Commerce Drive Carmel, NY 10512

swing set

Best in Backyards is your one-stop-shop for all your backyard needs! We’ve shopped out the best in outdoor leisure products, so you don’t have to. Spruce up your backyard with a new wooden swing set, swing seat, slide, play set, trampoline, playhouse or basketball hoop for the kids. Or, turn your ordinary backyard into an outdoor oasis great for relaxing or entertaining with a pergola, pavilion, pool house, shed, gazebo, composite deck, patio, awning, outdoor kitchen island or grill cart. The options are endless! Not sure what you are looking for? We can help! Our experienced backyard designers can design and build the perfect backyard to fit your needs, style and budget. Best in Backyards is the retail division of Eastern Jungle Gym, Inc.

Big Toys

544 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

Big Toys

For more than 40 years, BigToys has been dedicated to designing commercial playgrounds that foster imagination, preserve the environment and build strong communities. Big Toys commitment to these values has made us an industry leader in providing developmentally appropriate and engaging play around the world.

Bluegrass Playgrounds

1056 Fedde Lane, Ashland, NE 68003

Commercial playground Product Sales

Since 1976 ,  Bluegrass Playgrounds  Specializes  In the Sales of U.S. and Canadian-Made Commercial ‘Playground’  Products:  (Play Structures, Swingsets,  Slides, Climbers, See-Saws, Merry Go Rounds, Spring Riders, Wheelchair Accessible Swings, Play Surfacing  , Borders and ‘Site Furniture’ (Picnic Tables, Benches, Trash Receptacles) for or  Towns, Schools, Child Centers, Churches ,  Apartments etc. We  Assist You Quickly  and intelligently . No Sales Are Too Small ~ Give us a call.

British Columbia Recreation & Parks Association

101 - 4664 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby, BC V5C 5T5

The British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association.

British Columbia Recreation is a not for profit organization dedicated to building and sustaining active healthy lifestyles also communities in BC.

BYO Park Equipment

101 East Town Place #650 St. Augustine, FL 32092

Park Equipment

BYO Park Equipment’s complete on-line ordering and low cost shipping brings a new dimension to park and picnic equipment purchasing. With our great selection of dog park equipment, shade structures, park site furnishings, great prices and world-class customer support you can trust BYO Park Equipment to always be your best source for park and site equipment. Your BYO Park Equipment order is immediately available to purchase with just a few clicks…..great prices, great selection and always the easiest on-line ordering.

BYO Products

405 Golfway West Drive, Suite #101 St. Augustine, FL 32095

Park playground products

B.Y.O. Playground, Inc is the nation’s oldest and largest dealer of commercial park playground products and play equipment for churches, daycares, schools, pre schools, and neighborhood parks. We offer a solution for every project including accessible playground equipment.

California Park & Recreation Society

7971 Freeport Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95832

California Park & Recreation

The California Park & Recreation Society’s mission is to advance the park and recreation. Profession through education, networking also resources and advocacy.

Why our kids should take risks.

These days, parents seem to go out of their way to make sure their kids are taking the safe route without risk, trying to protect them from hurt feelings, harm and even failure. Without even realizing it, we’re doing things for our children rather than teaching them.


Canadian Parks and Recreation Association

404 - 2197 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, K1H 7X3

The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association

Canadian Parks is a national organization dedicated to realizing the full potential of parks and recreation. As a major contributor to community health and vibrancy.  Membership includes the 13 provincial and territorial parks. Also recreation associations and their extensive networks of service providers in over 90% of Canadian communities.

Child care

Our mission is to improve the lives of families and child care givers by helping them connect in a reliable and easy way. Our solutions help families make informed decisions in one of the most important and highly considered aspects of their family life: finding and managing quality care for their loved ones.

Avoiding playground accidents.

Adults and caregivers need to take care to ensure that children stay safe in the playground. Most playground injuries are caused when children fall from the equipment, but they can also happen if a child gets caught in or cut by equipment that isn’t well cared for.

Cedar Creek Run Construction, LLC

24072 Zachary Taylor Hwy Culpeper, VA 22701


We specialize in designing and installation of commercial-grade playground equipment and amenities. Our work is commercial grade because it meets the highest standards in quality and durability. We use wood, steel, and recycled plastic to create play areas designed to stand up to the ongoing usage of children of all ages.

Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity

SportPark Loughborough University, 3 Oakwood Drive Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3QF

UK sport

The vision statement of the Institute is: “To develop a vibrant, UK sport and physical activity sector.  Led by professionals providing advocacy and leadership. Working in partnership with its stakeholders to help ensure the highest standards of service delivery.”

Children’s issues

Children Now serves as the hub for all of the key children’s issues. Supporting and connecting thousands of groups in California to create an unprecedented power base for kids. In addition, Children Now employs the top three strategies that all of the country’s strongest interest groups have in common and, for the first time, applies those to kids:

Colorado Recreation & Parks Association

P.O. Box 1037 Wheat Ridge, CO 80034

Colorado Recreation & Parks Association

Colorado Recreation & Parks Association, CPRA is a dynamic, proactive organization that creates healthy residents and livable communities.  Promoting excellence in parks and recreation. Our mission is to promote the parks and recreation profession and its growth throughout the State of Colorado.

Connecticut Recreation & Parks Association

135 Day St, 2nd Floor, 2H, Newington, CT 06111

Connecticut Recreation & Parks

The Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association, Inc. is a 501 (C)3 non-profit charitable organization. We are dedicated to the promotion, development also improvement of all recreation and parks services within the state of Connecticut.

Playground Safety Handbook

Safety Awareness on Playgrounds, Playground Safety Handbook, playground injury also playground burns, general guidelines for new and existing playgrounds

Safety Checklist

USA Playground Safety Checklist, Soft Contained Play Equipment Safety Checklist, Burn safety awareness on playgrounds. “Harmonization” which will endeavor to bring together a common document between us in Canada and the American Testing


5060 Spectrum Way Mississauga, L4W 5N6

Canadian Playground

Canadian Playground Standards Association, CSA.   Testing & Certification services with a strong focus on accuracy and time to market


Detailed Play PRO

PO Box 638 Manahawkin, NJ O8050

Commercial Playgrounds

Providing professional-grade heavy duty commercial playground equipment for parks, schools, daycares, indoor commercial playgrounds, and community sites. we also carry site furnishings, accessible playgrounds, accessories, and safety surfacing.

Detailed Play System

PO Box 638 Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Play systems

Visit the Build@Home Playground Equipment Store and Save. Backyard Play Systems, Wooden forts, swing sets, swings and slides… we offer do-it-yourself playground accessories to build or add on to your backyard playset and surfacing. Free Catalog.


5340 Young Pine Rd. Suite 8, Orlando, FL 32829

Dog Park Pet Stations

DOGIPOT® Pet Stations provide the perfect tool to encourage dog owners to clean up.  Consequently leaving less work for maintenance/park staff. The high quality materials used in DOGIPOT®  products ensure long lasting solutions and lower maintenance costs. DOGIPOT® products were specifically designed to keep dog-friendly areas and their surroundings free from dog waste therefore its harmful impact on these areas. It’s a simple and SMART solution to dog waste in all dog park areas. DOGIPOT® is the best overall solution to your dog pollution issues.

Trash receptacles,Dogi pick up bags, Pet signs, Litter pick up bags, Sponsorship signage,

Why Choose Dream Garden Playground As Playground Equipment Supplier?

We provide commercial outdoor playground equipment,indoor playground,trampoline park to schools, churches, parks, shopping mall, day care facilities and many other public and private commercial entities. We pride ourselves on providing safe, affordable and unique age appropriate playground equipment global.

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Eastern Jungle Gym

30 Commerce Drive Carmel, NY 10512

Jungle Gym

Eastern Jungle Gym is your premier source for 100% high-quality cedar swing sets. We also carry jungle gyms, playground accessories, swing set hardware and more! “Creating Childhood Memories” for the last 25 years and counting, you can rely on us for the best products and the best service in the playground industry. Delivery is available worldwide, and installation is available in the 48 contiguous US States. Eastern Jungle Gym swing sets are built with only the highest quality materials and are designed for residential use only.

Florida Recreation & Parks Association

411 Office Plaza Drive Tallahassee Florida 32301-2756

Florida Recreation & Parks

Florida Recreation & Parks Association. To establish parks and recreation as a cornerstone of health, economic development also environmental sustainability and community throughout the state of Florida.

Through the actions of engaging, educating, advocating and also sustaining, FRPA will equip local departments with the tools necessary to advance parks and recreation in these areas.

Game Time

150 PlayCore Drive SE, Fort Payne, AL 35967

Park playgrounds

Commercial park playgrounds, school play equipment, playstructures, park amenities, fitness equipment and sports equipment manufacturer for schools, parks and daycares.

Georgia Recreation & Park Association

1285 Parker Rd. Conyers, GA 30094

Georgia Recreation & Parks

The Georgia Recreation and Park Association was formed in 1945. A private, non-profit Institution to support and promote the recreation and park industries within the state of Georgia. It is the only state organization that serves as an advocate for quality recreation and also park areas.  Facilities, programs and services at the local level. The Association is governed by a 34 member Board of Trustees and also has a membership in excess of 1600.

Hawaii Recreation & Parks Association

Aupuni Center, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 6, Hilo, HI 96720

Hawaii Recreation & Parks Association

Hawaii Recreation & Parks Association provides a wide array of services for the public with Excellence, Integrity and Aloha.

Henderson Recreation Equipment Ltd

11 Gilbertson Drive Simcoe, Ontario N3Y 4K8

Ontario playground equipment

For over 45 years Henderson Recreation has been manufacturing commercial playground equipment for schools, parks, daycares and early childhood facilities. Ontario Playground equipment manufacturer.

Hong Kong Playground Association

11/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Playground Association

The Hong Kong Playground Association is devoted to nurture the healthy mind and spirit of young people. For them to become the future pillars of Hong Kong. We also strive for excellence, and envision ourselves to become a locally and globally recognized professional organization. Focused on enhancing the well being of children and youth.

Hunter Knepshield of Texas, Inc.

P.O. Box 759 Van Alstyne, TX 75495

Hunter Knepshield of Texas, Inc, a Texas based corporation, is one of the largest suppliers of park and playground equipment in the United States. We represent over 20 manufacturers of commercial playground products, playground surfacing, park amenities throughout Texas.

Illinois Association of Park Districts

211 E. Monroe Street Springfield, IL 62701-1186

Illinois Association of Park Districts

The Illinois Association of Park Districts is a nonprofit service, research and education organization that serves park districts also forest preserves, conservation, municipal park and recreation, and special recreation agencies. The association advances these agencies, their citizen board members and professional staff in their ability to provide outstanding park and recreation opportunities, preserve natural resources and improve the quality of life for all people in Illinois.

Illinois Parks & Recreation Association

Our mission at the Illinois Parks & Recreation Association is to provide and promote exceptional standards of education, networking, and also resources for all professionals in the Illinois park, recreation, and conservation communities.

Indiana Park & Recreation Association

P.O. Box 888 Cicero, IN 46034

Indiana Park and Recreation

The Indiana Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) is a professional association also representing over 900 parks and recreation professionals throughout the state.

Indoor Playgrounds International

13200 W Foxfire Drive, Suite 144 Surprise, AZ 85378

Indoor Playgrounds

Indoor Playgrounds International is your one stop shop for all your indoor playground equipment needs. We pride ourselves in providing only the best customer service and support to our customers.

International Playground Contractors Association

2207 Forest Hills Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17112

Playground Contractors

International Playground Contractors Association is a worldwide partnership. We formed to contribute to the advancement of the playground building industry also promoting playground installation as a legitimate contracting profession within the playground industry.

Iowa Recreation & Parks Association

1534 Penrose Street Grinnell, IA 50112-1203

Iowa Recreation & Parks 

Iowa Recreation & Parks Association
“To support the advancement of park, and Iowa recreation and environmental conservation opportunities through education also resource tools and advocacy.”

IPEMA, International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association

2207 Forest Hills Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17112


The International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association provides 3rd party Product Certification services.   U.S. and Canadian public play equipment and public play surfacing materials in the U.S. We service IPEMA-certified member companies, affiliated playground industry groups and anyone with an interest in playground equipment regulations.

Jensen Swing Products

9327 Wheatlands Rd Santee, CA 92071

Swing Accessories

Wholesale sales”ONLY”.

Swing accessories slides, replacement parts, swing, playground components, Swing Hangers, Tire Swivels, S-Hooks, Chains, Swings and backyard Metal Swing Frames.


We provide and install Playground mulch safety surfacing, Bark Mulches, Playground Loose Fill Safety Surfacing, Compost Mixes and Soil Amendments.

KaBOOM! – Playground Advocate

4455 Connecticut Ave. NW. #B100 Washington, DC 20008

Playground Advocate

KaBOOM! Playground Advocate, attempts to do what we know is so important and that is to provide spaces and playgrounds in neighborhoods around the U.S., particularly very tough difficult neighborhoods where they haven’t had a playground for many years because of violence

Kansas Recreation & Parks Association

700 SW Jackson St, Suite 805 Topeka, KS 66603-3737

Kansas Recreation

The Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA) is a non-profit, professional organization representing the parks, recreation, also leisure industry in Kansas. We represent nearly 1,000 professional, commercial, agency, board/commission, student and retiree members throughout the state.

Kentucky Recreation & Park Society

140 Pavilion Drive, Georgetown, KY 40324

Kentucky Recreation

The Kentucky Recreation and Park Society was organized in 1954 as a nonprofit professional association for Kentucky’s parks and recreation professionals.
Concerned citizens, caring corporations and faithful friends are also invited to further the mission of KRPS.

Our Mission is to further the growth and development of recreation and park services in Kentucky.

Playground charity

We partner with organizations to establish playgrounds in poverty-stricken communities. Our play program restores the opportunity for children to enjoy the kind of play that is key to their physical, emotional, spiritual and cognitive development.

Kidstuff / Olympic Recreation

5400 Miller Ave Gary, IN 46403

Park playground equipment

Kidstuff Playsystems specializes in building high quality commercial park playground equipment.  School and Daycare playground equipment sales.


221 Cable Industrial Way Carrollton, GA 30117

Playground design

We can help you with any of your indoor or outdoor Commercial Playground design needs. Our products also include playground accessories, accessible playgrounds, components, shade structures and safety surfacing.

Lea Park & Play, Inc.

1105 Hampshire Ln., Richardson, TX 75080

Little Tikes

Little Tikes Commercial rep agency serving Northeast Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth Area). Commercial Park & Playground Equipment, Safety Surfacing and also Shade Solutions, Park Furnishings and Athletic Equipment. We also carry Playground Inspection, Factory Certified Installation, Site Planning & Playground Design.

Liberty United Playground Insurance

704 S Victory Blvd., Suite 203 Burbank, CA 91502

Playground Insurance

We offer playground insurance for fun centers of any kind, ranging from toddlers to adults. If you are a mobile amusement rental company or an indoor fun center, new startup or a huge franchise chain, we got an insurance solution for you.

General Liability –
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Louisiana Recreation & Parks Association

629 North Main Street Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Louisiana Recreation & Parks

Louisiana Recreation & Parks Association,our mission is to enhance the quality of life in Louisiana by uniting those engaged in the park and also recreation profession.

Maine Recreation & Parks Association

PO Box 6728 Scarborough, ME 04070

Maine Recreation & Parks

Maine Recreation & Parks Association, MRPA members work year-round to increase recreational opportunities also promote a healthy lifestyle for Maine citizens of all ages. We do this by supporting the professionals who deliver Maine’s public park and recreation programs, and by serving as a statewide voice for access to public recreation and open space.

Manitoba Recreation Connections

Manitoba Recreation Connections is a non-profit membership based association. Providing a voice and leadership in shaping the future of recreation in Manitoba. We are the provincial member organization of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA).

Maryland Recreation and Park Association

The purpose of the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association, Inc. is to unite recreation and park professionals also citizen advocates to advance park, recreation and environmental conservation efforts through networking, development and training, and advocacy to enhance the quality of life for all Marylanders.

Massachusetts Recreation & Parks Association

P.O. Box 783, Westfield, MA 01086-0783

Massachusetts Recreation & Parks

Massachusetts Recreation & Parks Association, is dedicated to the promotion, advancement also development and improvement of all recreation and park services.  Massachusetts as well as on a National level. We are comprised of professionals representing Community, Therapeutic, Student and Private also Non-Profit. Commercial, Armed Services, Commissions and Boards and Lay Persons in the field of Parks and Recreation Services.

Michigan Recreation & Parks Association

P.O. Box 27609, Lansing, MI 48909

Michigan Recreation & Parks Association

Founded in 1935, the Michigan Recreation and Park Association provides advocacy also resources and professional development opportunities to a devoted and diverse membership of park and recreation agencies, professionals, vendors and advocates.

Minnesota Recreation & Park Association

200 Charles Street NE Fridley, MN 55432

Minnesota Recreation & Parks

Since 1937, Minnesota Recreation & Parks Association members have dedicated their time and energies to enhancing the parks and recreation profession in their communities and in the state of Minnesota.

Mississippi Recreation & Parks Association

P.O. Box 16451, Hattiesburg, MS 39404-6451

Mississippi Recreation & Parks

The Mississippi Recreation and Park Association provides avenues to build communities, reduce crime, and improve the health of Mississippians. We work closely with state and local recreation professionals to publicize and support statewide and local parks and recreational activities.

Missouri Park & Recreation Association

The Musco Lighting Building 2018 William Street Jefferson City, MO 65109-1186

Missouri Parks

On November 29, 1959 the Missouri Recreation Association and the Missouri Recreation and Park Society merged forming the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association. (MPRA). MPRA serves as the voice for parks and recreation in Missouri on the local, state and national level.

Montana Recreation & Parks Association

Montana Recreation & Parks Association. Our mission is to serve our members and support their efforts to enhance Montana’s quality of life also by promoting growth, preservation, and development of recreation services, tourism, and parks to benefit the health and well being of our people, our communities, our economy and our environment.

National Center on Accessibility

501 N. Morton St., #109 Martinsville, IN, 47404-3732


The National Center on Accessibility provides training, research and technical assistance on the methods to successfully include people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism.

National Parks

We’re protecting and enhancing America’s National Parks System for present and future generations.

Child Safety

Playground safety  and other child safety tips. If your playground is unsafe, report the problem to the owner or park district. And remember, there is no substitute for parental supervision, especially for young children.

Youth Sports

The National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute is dedicated to being the recognized leader and advocate for advancing and disseminating the latest research and evidence-based education, recommendations and policy to enhance the experience, development, health and safety of our youth in sports. “Making Youth Sports a Public Health Solution” (SM)


The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management prepares students for planning and management careers in parks & recreation. We also work towards tourism, golf, and recreational sports. We are a national leader in research and dedicated to finding real solutions for real problems and helping communities and people thrive.

Nebraska Recreation & Parks Association

Nebraska Recreation & Parks Association is a state wide organization devoted to recreation also therapeutic recreation, and park professionals. Through educational opportunities, certification, discussion, and publication of current trends and issues, NeRPA assists in professional development and growth.

Nevada Recreation & Park Society

P.O. Box 97264 Las Vegas, NV 89193-7264

Nevada Recreation & Park Society.

Be a part of a growing organization that cares about the quality of life for citizens of Nevada. NRPS is a nonprofit 501(c)3 professional organization originally started in 1955. We promote and enhance park and leisure services in Nevada. First of all we have members as professionals, commercial members, retired professionals, interested citizens, and students in the leisure field. Invest in yourself today by joining.

New Hampshire Recreation & Parks Association

172 Pembroke Road, Concord, NH 03301

New Hampshire Recreation

For more than 50 years, the New Hampshire Recreation and Park Association has promoted and advocated the development and administration of recreation and park services, without discrimination, by means of educational seminars, meetings, conferences, and worked to improve recreation and park activities in New Hampshire.

New Jersey Recreation & Parks Association

1 Wheeler Way Princeton, NJ 08540

The New Jersey Recreation and Park Association

The New Jersey Recreation and Park Association is dedicated to enhancing the lives of all New Jersey residents. By supporting outstanding park, recreation, and natural resources management programs. Since 1928, the efforts initiated have resulted in tangible benefits for communities throughout the state.

The mission and goals of NJRPA are pursued by the 700 volunteer members of the Association also professionals and citizens working in state. County, municipal, non-profit and private park, recreation, health and conservation agencies; students and faculty at colleges and universities; and commercial suppliers of parks and recreation products and services.

New Mexico Recreation & Park Association

PO Box 4060, Albuquerque, NM 87196

New Mexico Recreation & Park Association

New Mexico Recreation & Park Association, will “Preserve the past, also affect the present, and influence the future of Recreation and Parks within New Mexico

New York Recreation & Parks Society

19 Roosevelt Drive, Suite 200 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

The New York Recreation and Park Society

Founded in 1940 and incorporated in 1960. New York recreation is the principal organization promoting quality recreation and park opportunities for all citizens of New York State.  Through education, training, technical assistance and other support to local, county, state and federal recreation and park providers.

North Carolina Recreation & Parks Association

883 Washington Street Raleigh, NC 27605

North Carolina Recreation & Parks Association

Founded in 1944, the North Carolina Recreation & Parks Association (NCRPA) is the premier nonprofit education and advocacy organization. Dedicated to the advancement of the park, recreation and leisure professions in our state. NCRPA empowers park and recreation professionals and citizen board members through educational opportunities that enhance their ability to change lives and also impact communities on a daily basis for the citizens of North Carolina.

North Dakota Recreation & Parks Association

PO Box 1091 1605 East Capitol Avenue Bismarck, ND 58502

North Dakota Recreation

North Dakota Recreation & Parks Association are essential public services and a valuable part of community. Infrastructure that provides positive economic, health, environmental and social/community benefits for all North Dakotans.

Parks and Recreation Management Program

Northern Arizona University has been offering Bachelor of Science degrees in Recreation since 1961. We offered our online Parks and Recreation Management (PRM) Certificate in 2001. The first accredited online Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Management in 2003.

NW Territories Parks & Recreation Association

P.O. Box 841 Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N6

The NW Territories Recreation and Parks Association

The NW Territories Recreation and Parks Association works with communities across the NWT to promote healthy living through active recreation. The mission of the NWTRPA is: “To promote the inclusion of recreation and parks as key to our way of life. We do this by supporting leaders, communities and partners through training, advocacy and networking.”

Ohio Parks & Recreation Association

1069-A West Main Street Westerville, Ohio 43081

Ohio Parks and Recreation Association

Ohio Parks is a non-profit, public interest organization representing more than 1700 professionals and citizen board members. Striving to provide quality park and recreational facilities and opportunities for all Ohioans while also protecting and preserving Ohio’s natural resources. Ohio has become known as a trend setter in the nation with parks and recreation often singled out for national test markets and pilot programs.

Oklahoma Recreation & Park Society

PO Box 1201 Sand Springs, OK 74063

Oklahoma Recreation and Park

Oklahoma Recreation & Park Society was founded in 1956 and affiliated with the National Recreation & Park Association.  We are a professional organization for any agency or persons involved in providing recreation and parks services.

Ontario Parks Association

7856 5th Line South, RR 4 Milton, ON L9T 2X8

Ontario Parks Association

(OPA), established in 1936, is a non-profit charitable organization whose focus is on Protecting Tomorrow Today®. Through our work as advocates for our parks and open spaces and the training we provide to parks professionals in Ontario, we are helping to preserve our living green infrastructure assets for future generations. OPA is a proud member of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition. 

Oregon Recreation & Parks Association

PO Box #202, Lake Oswego OR 97034

The Oregon Recreation and Park Association

The Oregon Recreation and Park Association
was founded in 1954.  We are a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit corporation whose mission is to support the recreation and park profession in Oregon.  Through leadership, education, advocacy, and member services.

Parks and Leisure Australia

207 The Parade Norwood SA 5067

Australia Parks and Leisure

Australia Parks is the peak industry association for professionals working in the Parks and Leisure sector in Australia, also representing over 2500 members. Through a broad range of services we support members to provide opportunities that strengthen communities through good use of leisure time for the social, environmental, economic and physical well being of all Australians.

Parks and Recreation Ontario

1 Concorde Gate, Suite 302 Toronto, ON M3C 3N6

Recreation Ontario

Parks and Recreation Ontario is a non-profit association that advances the health also social and environmental benefits of quality recreation and parks through evidence-based practices, resources and collaborative partnerships.


Students, faculty, and staff of our Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Program are dedicated to enhancing quality of life. We do this through the provision of healthy, fulfilling, and sustainable leisure and tourism opportunities and management.  We do this through undergraduate and graduate education of student majors who want to do something positive for our planet and all its inhabitants. If you choose to join us in this quest, I am confident you will find PRT a wonderful setting for your studies.

PDPlay (Progressive Design Playgrounds)

2458 South Santa Fe Ave. Vista, CA 92084

Recycled plastic playground

PDPlay designs, manufactures & installs State-of-the art environmental-friendly recycled plastic playground equipment. Commercial playground equipment, recreation site amenities and also playground safety surfacing for schools, daycares, parks, HOAs, residential building developments and the military.



Pennsylvania Recreation & Parks Society

2131 Sandy Drive State College, PA 16803

Pennsylvania Recreation

Pennsylvania Recreation & Parks Society, PRPS is the principal statewide association providing professional development also leadership, advocacy and resources for those working and volunteering in the parks and recreation field.

Park Structures

Park Structures provides a variety of commercial playground equipment for school playgrounds, daycares, early childhood playgrounds also park and recreation playgrounds, accessible playgrounds for inclusive play and more!

Playground Borders Direct

San Antonio, TX 78217

Playground borders

Playground Borders Direct sells the highest quality border timbers at wholesale discounted volume prices. They can be used in playground, sandbox, landscape, garden and also erosion control applications.

Playground Builders Foundation

8526 Buckhorn Drive Whistler, BC, V0N 1B8

Playground Builders

Playground Builders creates safe spaces where kids can be kids. Communities can feel empowered and new possibilities can find a strong foundation. Our playgrounds are built, installed and maintained by local people in the communities the playgrounds serve.


Playground Ideas

Playground ideas…No matter who or where you are, with the right tools and resources you can create an amazing playground for the children in your community.

PlayGround Outfitters

401 East Jackson St., Suite 2340 Tampa, FL 33602

At Playground Outfitters, our goal is simple: to make the commercial playground equipment shopping experience as simple as possible for you. We offer a wide range of playgrounds that pack a ton of play value, so our customers can get exactly what they’re looking for at the most competitive price points. We invite you to browse our selection of playsets, and to give us a call at (877) 959-9002 with any questions.

10859 E Washington St., Ste 200 Indianapolis, IN 46229

PlaygroundEquipment is the ultimate online shopping destination for all commercial and residential playground equipment, accessories and playground surfacing.

Shop for children’s playground equipment online at PlaygroundEquipment.Com. Find accessible, indoor and outdoor playground equipment for kid’s playgrounds and parks at low prices.

Procor Installations

22945 Antiqua States Ct., Conroe, TX 77385

Experts in Installations of: Commercial and residential Playgrounds, Shade Structures, Fitness Equipment, Baskeball Goals, Benches, Tables, Dog Parks and Surfacing of all kinds. Let us be your installation partner across Texas

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Recreation & Parks Association of New Brunswick

70 Melissa St. Fredericton, NB E3A 6W1

New Brunswick recreation and parks

We are a non profit organization dedicated to advancing New Brunswick recreation and parks.  By broadening the knowledge and experience base of our members and also by advocating for the value and benefit of leisure and recreation opportunities for all people. Founded in 1974, and incorporated in 1987, our goal has remained constant.  To positively impact the health and well being of New Brunswickers through promotion of the field of recreation.

Recreation Facilities Association of British Columbia

Box 320, Suite 110, 174 Wilson Street Victoria, BC V9A 7N7

Recreation Facilities Association of British Columbia

The purpose of the Recreation Facilities Association of British Columbia (RFABC) is to promote general interest, education also safe operating standards. Professionalism and support among recreation facility operators, Commission and Board members in the successful operations of arenas, auditoriums, community centers, swimming pools, stadiums, parks and other recreation facilities.

Recreation Newfoundland & Labrador

P.O. Box 8700 St. Johns, NB A1B 4J6

Recreation Newfoundland

Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador (RNL) is a province wide, not for profit organization. Established in 1971 to promote the values and benefits of recreation. In partnership with volunteers and the professional recreation community, RNL has worked to improve the quality of recreation for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians for over 40 years.

Recreation Nova Scotia

1492 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd. Lakeside, Nova Scotia B3T 1A9

Recreation Nova Scotia

Recreation Nova Scotia is a province wide, not for profit organization established in 1998. Promoting the values and benefits of recreation and leisure; resulting from a merger of the Recreation Association of Nova Scotia, the Recreation Council on Disability in Nova Scotia, and Volunteer Nova Scotia.

Rhode Island Recreation And Park Association

P.O. Box 1046 Lexington, SC 29071

Rhode Island Recreation

Rhode Island Recreation And Park Association is a network of Parks and Recreation Professionals. We are working together to better parks also recreation in all of Rhode Island.



The IPEMA Safety Academy provides safety knowledge and important relevant information related to the play industry.

Saskatchewan Parks & Recreation Association

#100-1445 Park St. Regina, SK S4N 4C5

The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association

Saskatchewan Parks is a non-profit member-based organization whose purpose is to promote, develop and also facilitate parks and recreation opportunities throughout the province. We are recognized as the provincial umbrella organization representing parks and recreation in Saskatchewan. We manage the Recreation Section of the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and also Recreation.

Shanes Inspirations

15213 Burbank Boulevard Sherman Oaks, CA 91411

Accessible Playgrounds

The mission of Shane’s Inspiration is to create Universally Accessible Playgrounds also programs that integrate children of all abilities socially, physically and emotionally, fostering acceptance, friendship and understanding.

Slide Innovations

905 Pacific Ave. Bremen, GA 30110

Playground slide

Slide Innovations manufactures and designs high quality, safe, innovative playground slide equipment for schools, parks, churches, water parks etc. to fit any child’s age group. Anything from structures, playground slides, swing-bays, riders, climbers, we fulfill any customers needs.

Safety resources

Slyde the Playground Hound shares your dedication to playground safety.  We invite you to explore this website full of child playground safety resources.

playground injuries

Slyde is here to teach children that most playground injuries are unintentional, yet preventable by taking common sense steps to stay playing safe.

Starting a daycare

Starting a daycare? How to start an amazingly profitable daycare that will leave everyone else in your neighborhood wondering what the heck you’re doing to get so much business!

Summit USA Inc

10403 N.E. 13th Ave., Ste. 2 Vancouver, WA 98686

Pool slides manufacturer

We created the first safe pool slides in the United States. This is our legacy. It has been almost 25 years and we still make the best commercial water slides and customized pool slides for high-end residential and commercial swimming pools. Over the years, Ken has designed around 5,000 unique configurations, and gotten pretty good at it! Look around and call us with your questions. We love to hear about your pool slide project!

Superior Recreational Products (Dog Park)

1050 Columbia Dr. Carrollton, GA 30117

Agility course

Our dog park products give canine friends the opportunities they need to exercise their growing minds and bodies outside. By catering to dogs of all abilities and confidence levels, our agility course, playground equipment for dogs can work in a wide range of settings — from a local park or recreational center to someone’s backyard. Each dog playground encourages physical activities of agility and strength to help those canine companions develop. Why not enhance your dog park or other location with one of our high-quality play sets for dogs?

Tennessee Recreation & Parks Association

P.O. Box 1326 Franklin, TN 37065

Tennessee Recreation

Tennessee Recreation & Parks Association, TRPA, is a non-profit professional society of approximately 1300 individual and agency members (professionals and citizens) organized in 1952.  The Leader in supporting highly effective professionals to achieve healthy, livable communities. TRPA exists to strengthen and unite those committed to the benefits of parks and recreation.

Texas Recreation & Parks Society

P.O. Box 5188, Jonestown, TX 78645

Texas Recreation and Park Society

The Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) is a nonprofit educational and professional organization founded 77 years ago. Started to advance the profession of parks, recreation, and leisure services in Texas.

Texas Recreation and Park Society Advances the quality of life industry through Connections, Advocacy, Resources and Education (C.A.R.E.)


The Amazing Environmental Organization, Click “Look for Parks & Rec” a worthwhile visit!

Daycare resource

Daycare resource listings site. Find a daycare for your child. Start a daycare, teaching material and supplies, learning games, parenting articles.

Community Spaces

Since 1991, Evergreen, a Canadian charity and international thought leader, has provoked bold action in transforming public landscapes into thriving community spaces with environmental, social and economic benefits. At the core of our work is the belief that involving people directly in the process of restoring the health of local ecologies and their communities positively affects the attitudes and behaviours that lie at the core of the sustainable city.

The National Program for Playground Safety

University of Northern Iowa, Human Performance Center 103 Cedar Falls, IA 50614 0618

Safe Play.

The National Program for Playground Safety, is the leader in safe play research, training, and development of S.A.F.E. play areas! NPPS’ mission is to help the public create safe and developmentally appropriate playground environments for children.

The Playground, Shade, and Surfacing Depot

200 N. Rufe Snow Drive, Suite 209 Keller, TX 76248

Playground shade

Commercial playgrounds and play environments
Playground shade structures
Retractable 75mph wind rated engineered umbrellas
Surfacing—artificial turf, poured in place rubber, playground surfacing, Wood Fiber, Etc.
Shelters / Pavilions Commercial Site Furniture
Commercial Pool & Café Furniture
Dog Park Products

Playground Shade
Bleachers and Grandstands
Climbing Rocks and Boulders
Early Childhood outdoor products
Sport Courts & Sports Equipment
Splash Pad, Water Play & Water Slides
Indoor Playgrounds and everything in between!

We believe an exceptional experience and quality service starts with a great design, affordable prices and outstanding communication. Lets begin your experience today!

UltraPlay Systems

1675 Locust Street Red Bud, IL 62278


UltraPlay playground products are designed to be easy, self-installed play systems that are affordable, compliant, and quick-shipping solutions for early childhood education centers, churches, apartment and multi-family housing, or any space where residential equipment is not appropriate. Our playground products meet commercial ASTM performance standards and CPSC guidelines for equipment safety and quality of materials. Whether you are looking for product for children aged 6 months to 23 months, 2 – 5 years, or 5-12 years, we have the perfect solution for you!

Utah Recreation & Parks Association

296 West 700 South Springville, UT 84663

Utah Recreation and Parks Association

The mission of the Utah Recreation and Parks Association is to actively support and promote the growth, development and preservation of recreation.  Leisure, parks, also natural resources in the State of Utah. This will be accomplished through:

a. Development of high standards of leadership, facilities and programs.

b. Acquiring and disseminating accurate information.

c. Promoting interest in and understanding of recreation playgrounds and parks..

d. Acting as liaison with the National Recreation and Park Association as an affiliate member.

Vermont Recreation & Parks Association

721 Main Street Colchester, VT 05446

Vermont Recreation & Parks Association

The mission of the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association is to provide training and resources also to help Vermonters to “Create Community through People, Parks and Programs.”

Virginia Recreation & Parks Society

6372 Mechanicsville Turnpike Suite 109 Mechanicsville, VA 23111

The Virginia Recreation and Park Society

Virginia Recreation has provided leadership in fostering the expansion of recreation and parks. The VRPS has stressed the value of recreation, both active and passive also individual growth and development. Its members are dedicated to the common cause of assuring that people of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to find the most satisfying use of their leisure time and enjoy an improved quality of life.

Washington Recreation & Parks Association

2150 N 107th Street Suite 205 Seattle, WA 98133

Washington Recreation & Parks Association

The mission of The Washington Recreation & Parks Association is to promote excellence of current and future Parks and Recreation professionals also advocacy, education, networking, and training.

West Virginia Recreation & Parks Association

164 West Main Street Bridgeport, WV 26330

The West Virginia Recreation & Parks Association

West Virginia Recreation is actively concerned with recreation, playgrounds, parks, therapeutic recreation, conservation and environmental education, programs and issues.

A blend of professional volunteers, lay citizens, educators and students who are aware of the mental, physical, social and economic values of parks and recreation.

A non-profit educational leisure service organization.

Safe Playground

The concept of what is a safe playground has changed drastically from the 1940’s and the decades that followed, when asphalt was recommended as the surface of choice under play equipment because it was easily maintained and considered to be safer than concrete. Today we understand the severity of injury that can be caused by impact with a hard surface, and we no longer use asphalt as playground surfacing. Nor do we use maypoles and whirls with openings in the platforms. It is therefore, critical to examine our playgrounds, many of which are aging and obsolete.

Safe Playground

Since 1981, when the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued its first set of guidelines for making public playgrounds safer, we have seen a major increase in the number of lawsuits instituted for playground injuries against park departments and school districts. The contents of the 1991 CPSC Handbook for Public Playground Safety served as the criteria against which playgrounds equipment could be measured, and this publication has become the state-of-the-art source for accident claims. Little attention was paid, initially, to this Handbook, since the publication provided recommendations or guidelines, not mandated regulations. But, as the Handbook gained credibility in the courts, it became obvious that, mandated or not, adherence to the Handbook recommendations were critical. Those who chose to ignore them were vulnerable to negligence charges for failing to use federal guidelines to make safer play environments for their children.

In November, 1991, the CPSC issued a revised version of the Handbook, with critical changes from the 1981 edition. The most important of these changes addressed a new age grouping. The earlier guidelines were written for equipment to service the 5 to 12 year olds; the 1991 version now included safety recommendations for ages 2 to 12 years. As a result, there have been changes in rung spacings, to include the head and body measurement of the preschooler, to prevent head entrapment and strangulation on the equipment. Several play components, such as sliding poles and full arch ladders, were not recommended for the under 5 users; different recommendations for each age group were given for guard rails and protective barriers.

In 1986 the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) created a task group to develop a standard for playground surfacing, the cause of a majority of severe injuries in the playground falls. In 1988 the ASTM approved a new committee, F15.29, to develop a set of safety standards for public playgrounds and play areas. And, on 1990, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, after commissioning a study and a review of the existing guidelines, and surfacing testing, issued a report on safety surfacing and began revisions on the 1981 Handbook.

safe playground

what is a safe playground

In April of 1991 the ASTM published a new standard for playground surfacing. The standard, F1292, provided the testing methods necessary to test the shock absorbing properties of surfacing, to measure the impact attenuation abilities of a playground surface. The G-max for the test is 200 (as previously recommended by the CPSC), and the laboratory tests are clearly defined. This standard is primarily directed to the producers of playground surfaces, and they will then be able to certify to purchasers that their products meet the 200g benchmark.

The CPSC and the ASTM, working together, have developed a comprehensive package for the public. The CPSC revised its guidelines, which were published in November, 1991. These quidelines carry many changes. The new Handbook is only one volume, directed to the public. The technical information on public use playground equipment safety has now been published by ASTM. The new standard, F1487-93, contains the measurements and testing procedures for public playground equipment, as well as use zones and maintenance requirements.

There are differences in the CPSC Handbook and the ASTM Standard. A comprehensive comparison study currently underway will be available shortly, but there are some examples that can currently be compared.

    1. The CPSC Handbook calls for the use of materials which have demonstrated record of durability in the playground. If taken literally, this recommendation would not allow for the use of new materials. F1487 allows for new materials and requires that they be tested for durability by the manufacturer.
    1. The CPSC Handbook addresses the burning potential of bar or painted metal surfaces on platforms and slide bedways; ASTM does not address this situation.
    1. The CPSC Handbook identifies tripping hazards as concrete footings, horizontal bars at the bottom of flexible climbers, and for environmental obstacles (rocks, roots). ASTM calls for the installation of anchoring devices for flexible climbers to be installed below ground, but the only tripping point it actually identifies is the support posts for balance beams.
    1. The CPSC Handbook calls for brightly colored contrasting cables, wires, ropes, etc., to be suspended between components within 45 degrees of horizontal at a height of seven feet. ASTM adds a minimum dimension of one inch at the widest cross-section dimension of the flexible components, which may be suspended below seven feet.
  1. The CPSC Handbook recommends that rung ladders, climbing nets, arch climbers and tire climbers not be used as sole access to preschool equipment. ASTM requires that net, chain or tire climbers not be used as sole means of access to any equipment, but does allow flexible climbing devices for preschoolers as long as the user can bring both feet to the same level before continuing the ascent.

There is clearly a learning process in store for us all, and it will not be an easy task to debrief ourselves on the 1981 Guidelines, and understand the differences between the 1991 CPSC Handbook and the ASTM Specification 1487-93. Not only will we need to know the differences between the two, but we will need to explain the reasons for these differences and their impact on product.

Probably the most valuable service which the 1991 Handbook provides is the clarification of what kind of depth of surface is needed under play equipment for reducing injury severity in falls. For the first time it is possible to determine which loose bulk surface would be best for specific pieces, depending on the height of the equipment. And the CPSC tells us how to measure the “critical fall height” from equipment (from the platform itself, if a protective barrier surrounds the platform, or from the top of the guardrail, if the guardrails are used).

One area not included by CPSC is addressed by ASTM, and that is the issue of safety while providing accessibility to the physically challenged. Note should be taken of the fact that, as of this printing, there are no federal compliance regulations, under the Americans With Disabilities Act, that address safe playground equipment. There is, however, a compliance requirement to make the playground surfaces accessible, and that requirement has been in place for many years.

The U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board has established a Recreation Advisory Committee, which is in the process of developing recmmendations for playgrounds and play equipment accessibility, but the ASTM Standard F147-93 does include an entire section on playground equipment accessibility.

The concern for children’s safety has been escalating over the last few years, but the response and strategies for providing that safety have also been increasing. And the uniquely cooperative work of the three organisations most concerned with safety- NRPA, CPSC and ASTM- have made possible the success with which we are now improving our safe playground areas so that they will provide both a safer and accessible environment in which our children can play, learn and grow.>

Written by Fran Wallach,Ed. D
Total Recreation Management Services Inc.
395 South end Ave Suite 29J
New York, NY 10280

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Wisconsin Parks & Recreation Association

6737 W Washington Ave, Suite 4210 Milwaukee, WI 53214

Wisconsin Parks & Recreation Association

The Wisconsin Parks & Recreation Association, (WPRA) is a non-profit professional organization representing the parks, recreation and leisure industry in Wisconsin. We represent over 1,000 professional, commercial, agency, board/commission, student and retiree members throughout the state.

World Play Solutions

4730 S. Fort Apache Rd. Suite 300 Las Vegas, NV 89147

Interactive Play

World Play Solutions is a designer, producer and installer of Top Quality Commercial Indoor Playground Equipment. We also manufacture Toddler Soft Play, Interactive Play, Climbing Walls and Inflatables. Affordable, Safe, Fun & WOW FACTOR!   Our cutting-edge designs are manufactured to the highest standards with components sourced from US and European-based companies.  We do NOT import product from China.  Projects completed include YMCAs, churches, casinos, hotels and family entertainment centers in Illinois, Missouri, California, New Jersey, Iowa, North Carolina, Minnesota, Florida, Las Vegas, Canada, Indiana and more!

WORLD PLAY SOLUTIONS is keenly aware that we compete with other manufacturers and providers of play equipment throughout North America.   However, we humbly but confidently state that WORLD PLAY SOLUTIONS offers clearly-superior VALUE when compared to our American and Canadian competitors, as well those US importers and Chinese exporters of playground equipment made in China.

Wyoming Recreation & Parks Association

1775 Hitching Post Dr. Green River, WY 82935

Wyoming Recreation & Parks Association

We exist to provide professional support in promoting quality parks and recreation.  Services through education and leadership. If you’re involved in any aspect of recreation and parks around the state of Wyoming, you need to be a member of the Wyoming Recreation & Parks Association.

Zhejiang Zhongsheng Amusement Equipment Co.,Ltd

Yangwan Industrial Zone, Qiaoxia Town, Yongjia County, Wenzhou,, Zhejiang province, China

From Research and Development, Design, Production, Installation and Maintenance,
TOPKIDSPLAY always follow our mission to develop the safe and qualified play equipment
with ASTM and EN standard by understanding completely what children need. We’re on a
mission to change that–Play with safety.