We believe parks make communities great!

We featured the Eclipse Net Plus, our latest playground net climber, at NRPA 2013 in Houston.

Last week, we were in Houston, Texas, to participate in the 2013 National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) Congress & Exposition. The theme of our booth this year was “We believe parks make communities great,” and it featured the Eclipse® Net Plus, We-saw™ and Kaleidoscope benches.

Our modern take on the traditional seesaw, We-saw, attracted many visitors to our NRPA booth.

Visitors to our booth were able to take a play break to climb through the nets and rock on the We-saw. We provided red solo cups (which are made in Grand Prairie, Texas, @huetherdesign on Instagram taught us) to those that stopped by full of keg root beer. We also hosted an event at Lucky Strike Lanes, which was complete with bowling, billiards, Xbox Kinect and lots of fun. See more photos of that event on Facebook.

Learn more about our playground net climbers, and our time at NRPA.

We had a great three days in Houston visiting with park and recreation professionals, hearing from industry experts and taking in the nearby attractions. Our employees and playground consultants are already looking forward to 2014 NRPA in Charlotte, N.C.!

Bringing play to schools around the nation

We’re honored to partner with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) on their Community Service Day. For the past four years, we’ve worked side-by-side with principals from around the nation to build and beautify school playgrounds in conjunction with the organization’s annual conference.

John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School, Baltimore, Md.

John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School, Baltimore, Md.

In July, we worked with NAESP members to install an inclusive playground at John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore, Md. Principal Mary C. Donnelly said that she thinks the new playground will dramatically increase the use of outdoor grounds for both school instruction as well as recreation. As we completed the playground project with NAESP this year, we thought it would be fun to look back at the other schools we’ve helped over the years.

Hawthorne Elementary School, Seattle, Wash.

Hawthorne Elementary School, Seattle, Wash.

Principals congregated at Seattle’s Hawthorne Elementary School in March 2012 to build an inclusive playground. In just a few hours, the inclusive PlayBooster® playstructure was installed, allowing the principals to network with each other and interact with Hawthorne Elementary students.

Booker T. Washington Elementary School, Tampa, Fla.

Booker T. Washington Elementary School, Tampa, Fla.

In April 2011, we created a nature-inspired outdoor learning environment for Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Tampa, Fla. Now more than two years later, Principal Toynita Martinez says the outdoor classroom concept is being embraced. “All of our teachers are taking advantage of the outdoor classroom,” said Martinez. “A lot of math and science classes take place outside. Plus, reading groups disperse in the space to finish a reading assignment and then come together to discuss.”

MacGregor Music and Science Academy, Houston, Texas

MacGregor Music and Science Academy, Houston, Texas

Our first time participating in the NAESP Community Service Day was in 2010. We designed a sensory-rich play space complete with the Sensory Play Center® and Cozy Dome® for students at MacGregor Music and Science Academy in Houston, Texas. “We’re really proud and still excited about the gift that NAESP and Landscape Structures provided,” said Principal Patricia Allen of the playground.

Learn more about our partnership with NAESP, and our joint commitment to enhancing the lives of children and the communities in which they live.