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How Playgrounds Have Changed

How have playgrounds changed over the years? The history of playgrounds stems back to the 1850's, when the very first playgrounds were created in England. In the 1900's and early 2000's, there does not seem to be much change on the surface. Adults may still see the climbers, slides, teeter-totters and swings they remember from their childhoods, but in fact, the evolution of playgrounds has changed significantly - even in just the past few years. How Playgrounds Have Changed Playgrounds have changed in a few basic ways: Materials. In the past, many playgrounds were made with metal and treated lumber. Today, due to health concerns, treated lumber is no longer used because it can leach toxins. Many manufacturers today use high-quality metals to build their equipment, which tends to last longer than wooden counterparts. Standards. One of the biggest changes to playground equipment over the years has been safety standards. Today’s play equipment is safer than ever before, with reinforced frames and “ouchless” designs that help prevent pinching. While supervision is still the most important way to keep kids safe on the playground, safer equipment can help reduce the risk of injuries. Purpose. The evolution of playground equipment has been shaped ... Read more

Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Playground

Increasing access to playgrounds has provides numerous benefits for children of all ages. One of the biggest benefits of playground equipment is that it boosts the amount of physical activity kids get. Children are also more likely to use a park that has a playground, and those who visit a park that has recently installed or renovated playground equipment are more likely to be active (since the new equipment seems extra exciting!). These days, playgrounds are everywhere – and for good reason. A paper published in Active Living Research noted that there are more than 10,000 playgrounds located in major cities in the US. That figure doesn't include the many playgrounds found in schoolyards or parks in small towns or smaller cities in the country, but it’s clear to see that having a playground on your property increases engagement within the community, no matter what size town you’re in.Playgrounds have certainly evolved since their earliest days. According to the National Trust for Historical Preservation, playgrounds were uncommon at the beginning of the 20th century. People that did build them didn't design them for independent play. Instead, trained instructors used them as exercise centers or outdoor gymnasiums for children. These teachers ... Read more

Christ Community Church Upward Weekend

This playground, installed by Boland Recreation, was a part of Christ Community Church's capital campaign to pay off debt on phase 2 of their campus construction, make some campus improvements, and support some mission initiatives. The playground structure was built to provide a place for families to connect in relationship with each other while their kids play. Upward Weekend refers to the flag football and cheerleading program that the church has during the fall on Sunday afternoons. The playground becomes a great relational connecting point for families participating in Upward.   Read more

Reimagining Gadsdenboro Park

The new Gadsdenboro Park in Charleston, South Carolina celebrated its grand opening in May of 2015. The park features two custom playground structures by the Miracle Design Studio, working side-by-side with the landscape architects and Churchich Recreation and Design. The park has several other features that cater to visitors of all ages, including soccer fields, bench swings, paved walking paths and a bocce ball court. Gadsdenboro Park in Charleston, SC has not always been the beautiful destination that it is today. This 5-acre park, formerly known as Concord Park, resides at the center of a 10-acre parcel that is bordered by Calhoun, Concord, Laurens and Washington streets. Gadsdenboro Park is positioned in the center of a vibrant tourist area, sitting in close proximity to many of Charleston’s attractions, including the new site of the International African American Museum and the South Carolina Aquarium. The park is also directly across from the Charleston Maritime Center. It was the proximity to the ocean and Maritime Center as well as Charleston’s history and reliance on the rivers that inspired the nautical theme for the new playgrounds at Gadsdenboro Park. The site at Gadsdenboro Park had long sat vacant before the city devised the plan ... Read more

Miracle Recreation Invites Attendees to Experience the Thrill of the Playground at 2016 NRPA Annual Conference

  Zip Line-Inspired Gravity Rail on Display in Booth #2210 LOUIS, MO. (October 6, 2016) – Miracle Recreation, one of the nation’s leading companies in the design and manufacture of adventure playgrounds, will feature its newly introduced Gravity Rail, a zip line experience bringing the thrill back to the playground, at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Annual Conference in St. Louis (October 6-7, 2016). Miracle will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2017 and is kicking off the upcoming milestone at the show. Visitors to Miracle’s booth (#2210) will have the opportunity to engage in a rollercoaster-like experience with the Gravity Rail. Inspired by zip lines, the gliding structure features a downward slope with dips and curves adding momentum and excitement to the ride. Gravity Rail, designed for riders ages 5-12, works in two directions, eliminating the need to walk back to the start position, maximizing play time. Children can ride safely in the swing seat, requiring no harness or staff. The flexible design configuration allows the piece to fit seamlessly into any playground layout. “We’re excited to bring joy and excitement back to the playground with Gravity Rail at NRPA,” said Mike Sutton, Vice President of Sales - Outdoor for PlayPower, ... Read more

Ocee Park Re-Opens with Miracle Playground

Ocee Park Re-Opens with Miracle Playground Ocee Park, located in John’s Creek, Georgia, received a Miracle® Makeover this past month, with help from Hasley Recreation, Inc. A brand new state-of-the-art playground took the place of an outdated structure. Robby Newton, Parks Manager, led this project with safe but challenging play in mind. Two structures were completed in early April— one for children ages two to five, and another for five to twelve-year-olds. Newton couldn’t have been happier with his decision to entrust Hasley Recreation with this project. “From a project management perspective, the recent John’s Creek Ocee Park Playground renovation with Miracle was extremely smooth, from the contract phase through the last pitch of engineered wood fiber! In fact, they finished two weeks ahead of my projected timeline!”   Ages 2-5 For the younger children, the structure includes climbing opportunities and slides, with Miracle’s new not-so-traditional Generation Swing (shown left), which allows for siblings, parents, grandparents, or caretakers to enjoy face-to-face swinging with a toddler. In addition, the climbing ramp provides a safe play experience for younger visitors. Ages 5-12 For the older kids, Miracle brings back the thrill of play with a multi-level Mega-Tower® and the inclusive Avalanche Slide. This slide is the first and only ... Read more

Miracle Recreation Names California-Based Miracle Playsystems Agency of the Year

  Miracle Recreation Equipment Company, one of the leading commercial playground equipment sources in the country, has named Oakland-based Miracle Playsystems as its 2015 Agency of the Year. Miracle Recreation has over 50 agencies throughout the United States, Canada and other international locations. Each year an agency is chosen based on its commitment to innovation and quality. Miracle Playsystems is the exclusive distributor of Miracle Recreation products throughout Northern California, the Central Valley and the Central Coast. “We are just delighted and humbled by this honor,” says Kit Steven, President of Miracle Playsystems. Steven goes on to explain, “Our company is really known for two characteristics: our passion for design, and our commitment to customer service.” Steven emphasizes his organization has dedicated sales support and designers on staff, eager to work with clients of all kinds on many different kinds of projects. “Miracle Playsystems can do anything the client needs, from designing and installing a very basic, safe, affordable playground for an elementary school, to working with an award-winning landscape architect on custom-designed city parks.” About Miracle Recreation Equipment Company Founded in 1927, Miracle Recreation Equipment Company is one of the leading commercial playground equipment sources in the nation. The company provides customized solutions for ... Read more

How to Make Inclusive Play Exciting for Everyone

Schoolchildren in Utah had waited excitedly for their new playground to be installed. When the play equipment was finally ready to play on, one play event was the clear star of the show. The new Avalanche Inclusive Slide was the playground component every child wanted to play on. This is the first and only accessible slide of its kind. The lower transfer point allows children to access the slide from ground level. From there, they can pull themselves up by gripping the side rail. Once they've reached the desired height, gravity whisks them down the slide. At the opening event over 25 kids were standing at the base waiting to get on the slide, with another 10-15 on the deck above watching, waiting their chance to climb up and slide down this new slide. The Avalanche Inclusive Slide is great for developing upper body strength and also facilitates many other sensory motor skills as children move up and down the slide. Miracle’s representative, Vern Garrett of Garrett and Company, Inc. who brought this exciting playground to the school, could not wish for the better feedback from the toughest playgrounds’ critics-children. Bringing the thrill in playgrounds is what Miracle Recreation does best. For ... Read more

Playground Donations Inspire Active Outdoor Play in New Orleans

Miracle Recreation Donates Brand New Playground to the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission  New Orleans, LA – (January 27, 2015) – Children in a New Orleans neighborhood are in for a wonderful surprise this week as Miracle Recreation will be donating a state-of-the-art play area. The playground will feature new equipment that has been kid-tested for the fun-factor, while meeting or exceeding national playground safety standards. The playground will be installed at Kenilworth Park in New Orleans East with grand opening on January 27th, 2015. Click here to view photos from the Grand Opening. The new playground at Kenilworth Park will feature exciting new equipment that provides heart-pumping fun and age appropriate challenges for kids ages 5 to 12. Kenilworth Park is the recreation cornerstone of a thriving New Orleans East community. Parents and volunteer coaches provide strong support to the kids who participate in a variety of team sports from soccer, baseball and basketball to cheerleading. It’s the comradery and friendships created on the field that make this park a special place in the community. “Parks and playgrounds are important gathering places essential to building strong communities,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Since taking office, we have and will continue to improve our City’s recreation ... Read more

Miracle Recreation Donates New Staten Island Playground as Hurricane Sandy Anniversary Nears

As the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy rapidly approaches, Miracle Recreation – one of the nation’s leading innovators in the design and manufacture of playgrounds – has donated a brand-new, state-of-the-art playground to the Staten Island neighborhood of Midland Beach. Midland Beach was severely battered by Hurricane Sandy, destroying one of the neighborhood’s few playground areas. Midland Playground has been closed since the storm, leaving families with fewer public play areas for safe, active play. For the full story.... Read more
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