Blog - Commercial Playground Equipment

Here, you'll find details on playground maintenance, product information and updates, sales and promotions, benefits of play and more!

  1. Musical Playground Equipment

    Musical Playground Equipment
    When children are infants, parents and caregivers take a great deal of time and effort to make sure that learning is fun. Ideally, a child’s early development should include sight, sound, movement, smell, taste, touch and audio cues that stimulate their senses and cognition. When children get older, less emphasis is often placed on sensory learning.  Other priorities and benchmarks...
  2. Natural Playgrounds Inspire Qualitative Play

    Natural Playgrounds Inspire Qualitative Play
      If you are going to play outside, shouldn’t it look like you are playing outside? That is the conversation behind the design of new playgrounds which mimic natural features and color schemes, including materials that look like wood logs, rocks, and other nature inspired designs. When it comes to building a playground, there are a variety of themes that...
  3. Whitehouse's “Every Kid in a Park” Initiative

    Whitehouse's “Every Kid in a Park” Initiative
      Health professionals have waged war, at least on the dietary front, of the current health crisis plaguing American children.  Schools and parents have reconsidered the entire school lunch menu, including snacks, soda machines, and the use of processed foods in an effort to stem the growing child obesity problem in the United States. When it comes to children’s health...
  4. How to Stretch Your Playground Budget: Purchase and Planning Tips

    How to Stretch Your Playground Budget: Purchase and Planning Tips
      The task of buying a new playground is not an easy one. Unlike other purchases there are a number of requirements that come in to play which can impact the budget as well as the length between the selection and the installation of your new playground. While every budget is almost always limited, expectations from other members of your...
  5. The Definition of 'Play'

    The Definition of 'Play'
      What does it mean to play? For some children play may involve kicking a ball around outside with their peers for a good game of soccer. For other children, play might be an activity performed alone–painting on an easel or creating mixed media art. The act of play itself can take many shapes and forms, but it is the...
  6. Playground Signs and Safety Precautions: Labeling Your Playground for Safe Use

    Playground Signs and Safety Precautions: Labeling Your Playground for Safe Use
      Every year in the United States alone there are more than 156,000 children under the age of 14 years who are injured on public playgrounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The injuries range in seriousness, from bumps and bruises, to cuts and life-threatening emergency situations, and the CDC estimates that approximately 45% of playground...
  7. 6 Questions to Help Design Your Playground [Infographic]

    6 Questions to Help Design Your Playground [Infographic]
    With over thirty years of experience helping organizations build outdoor playgrounds, we know a thing or two about playground design.  If you are planning an upcoming playground project, the task can seem a little overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. At American Parks Company it is our job to make finding, buying, and installing your playground easy.  That’s...
  8. Why Playground Financing Works: Your Guide to Creating a Payment Plan

    Why Playground Financing Works: Your Guide to Creating a Payment Plan
      Picking your perfect playground may just be the easy part, but finding the funding and financing to afford the play structure you want is where the challenge begins. Few schools, daycare centers, apartment communities, or municipalities have the capital to outright purchase a commercial quality playground; costs can average around $20,000 and up for everything, including installation and surfacing...
  9. The Benefits of Sports and Athletic Team Activities for Children

    The Benefits of Sports and Athletic Team Activities for Children
      Why should children play sports? Having a child involved in a competitive sport can be an expensive and time-consuming endeavor, but, if you are considering enrollment as an option for your child, there are a number of benefits to make the investment of time and money worthwhile. Fitness and Flexibility Children who engage in competitive sports have an outlet...
  10. The Evolution of Playground Equipment

    The Evolution of Playground Equipment
      Playground design has continued to evolve since the first playground was introduced in Manchester, England in 1859. The first public access playground was introduced in the United States at Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, California) in 1887, but few parents today would be willing to allow their children to scale the equipment that was once provided in the day...

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