Celebrating landscape architecture throughout April

In addition to being Autism Awareness Month, this April has also been designated as World Landscape Architecture Month. The month-long event celebrates landscape architecture and the work its professionals do to design public and private spaces.

World Landscape Architecture Month 2015

We’re proud to be able to work with landscape architects to create innovative playground designs. Whether it’s a curvy, sprawling design of playground nets, an environment that teaches kids about the history of their community, or a themed playground that sends kids on an adventure in their imagination, playgrounds designed by landscape architects become spaces that welcome individuals of all ages, abilities and cultures.

Summit Park, Blue Ash, Ohio

We love the result of collaborating with landscape architects, but their designs go way beyond parks and playgrounds. See projects “Designed By A Landscape Architect” by following #wlam2015 on social media, then visit asla.org to learn more about World Landscape Architecture Month and the landscape architecture profession.

Netplex is what’s next in play

Earlier this year, we introduced Netplex™, a new net-based playstructure that challenges kids with an experience completely different from those offered by typical play structures. Climbing cables have been a popular playground material, and we’ve used them in many of our playstructures for more than 10 years. Now, using our patent-pending clamping system, Netplex takes a seemingly unbroken length of cable from the inner core of the playstructure to the outer posts and all the way around.

Netplex is great for community parks.

Netplex offers kids the challenge needed for healthy development into self-assured adults. The net-based playstructure challenges kids’ balance, motor planning and strategic thinking skills and gives the opportunity for graduated challenge—kids will stay low to the ground on more secure cables at first, and when they’ve mastered that they challenge themselves by going higher and engage new muscles.

Netplex is a great playstructure design for elementary school playgrounds.

Learn more about Netplex here, and see it in action in the video below.

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.!

Keeping your playground design fresh: Evos slide options

We introduced the Evos® playsystem in 2007, and since then kids around the world are finding new ways to play on the innovative playground. While lots of kids describe Evos as a “spider web” or “spaceship” playground, parents and adult supervisors know that it’s a workout disguised as fun. And not only does Evos exercise kids’ bodies, but also their brains.With more than 25 playground components, Evos offers endless configurations for your playground. Even more, we’re constantly introducing new products to keep it fresh for kids. In late 2012, we introduced three new slide options that can help add new life to your playground design.

Rush™ Slide for the Evos® playsystem

Rush™ Slide

The three new slides—Rush™ Slide, Surf Slide and Surf Stainless Steel Slide—join the Hang Glider™ in offering a truly unique and thrilling ride to the ground.

  • The Rush™ Slide has an integrated slide hood and transition platform specially designed to help channel kids into a safe sitting position.
  • The Surf Slide includes protective barriers and a unique slip resistant, marine-grade deck surface to keep kids safe.
  • The Surf Stainless Steel Slide has the same safety features as the Surf Slide with the polyethylene slide bedway, but the stainless steel bedway does not emit a static charge, so is a good choice for kids with cochlear implants.
Surf Slide for Evos® playsystems.

Surf Slide

Learn more about Evos, and how you can create an Evos design for your playground that will keep kids active and engaged during recess or on visits to the local park.