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Planning

We provide the support and the products that ensure our customers are able to best serve the communities they work and play in. Working with carefully selected partners, we offer turn-key solutions for the local parks and recreation departments, landscape architects, schools, developers and any other entities looking for a first-class experience. With each playground and customer, Summit Recreation wishes to pass on the energy and spirit that lingers long after the last child has headed home after a wondrous day of play.

Playgrounds enrich the lives of our children by promoting health, fitness and fun. Our playground consultants can assist and advise you in your objective to renovate an existing playground, add additional components, or build a completely new playground. We can support your organization’s vision for a safe, fun and inviting place to play through products that focus on a wide variety of components that enhance learning for different ages and abilities.

We are here to help you bring your playground project from a dream to reality.

We have different playground equipment installation options from a turn-key installation completed by one of our in-house installation crews to a Community Build event with volunteer labor, materials donations, and with the working guidance of one of our lead, certified playground installers.

Call us for expert advice and assistance in planning the perfect playground. We have playground consultants that are experts in play and designing playscapes.  They can help you navigate the questions asked of every great space. What are the ages of the children who will use the play structure and what type of play do we want for them? How much space is available? What is the timing and budget for the project? Call today to see how Summit Recreation can help you on bringing your vision to reality.

Funding Your Project

Your organization’s commitment of funding playground equipment enriches the lives of our children by promoting health, fitness and fun. Our playground consultants can assist and advise you in your objective to renovate an existing playground, add additional components, or build a completely new playground. We can support your organization’s vision for a safe, fun and inviting place to play through products that focus on a wide variety of components that enhance learning for different ages and abilities.

To bring the playground project from a dream to reality, we have different playground equipment installation options from a turn-key installation completed by one of our in-house installation crews to a Community Build event with volunteer labor, materials donations, and with the working guidance of one of our lead, certified playground installers.

PTA/PTO

With all of the PTA/PTO volunteer work at the school and events, fundraising is often times challenging. To assist your organization, we have a comprehensive fundraising tool kit. Protect your hard work and investment with the selection of high quality, durable playground equipment backed by a company that prides themselves on taking care of you, the customer. Well planned and well built. Call us for expert advice and assistance in planning the perfect playground.

Fundraising

Fundraising for new playground equipment can help you accomplish your goals often times more quickly and easily than pursuing grant opportunities for playground equipment. Fundraising can be rewarding, profitable and fun while bringing together local community involvement. Fundraising can reach across the entire community with an expression of the need to have a high quality fun playground. Creative playground equipment, fundraising ideas along with dedicated volunteers can bring large rewards in your efforts for new playground equipment.

Contact us today for proven, creative ideas on fundraising and to obtain a fundraising kit to get started!

Grants

There are many grants available for schools and non-profit organizations from community partners such as foundations, corporations and service clubs that support wellness, fitness and play. We have put together an extensive list of possible grant opportunities that might be appropriate for your organization’s goals in obtaining playground equipment.

Once a grant opportunity for your school or non- profit has been identified, keep in mind some tips on writing a successful grant proposal. Many grant responses that have received funding for playground equipment include a presentation of your need in terms of children who will use the playground and a demonstration of how this playground will fulfill the foundations giving priorities.

Leasing

Summit Recreation can help you access much needed funds for playground equipment leasing enabling you to purchase your playground equipment sooner rather than later.

Leasing your playground equipment makes good financial sense as it conserves your operational capital while providing you with 100% financing that enables you to have your playground equipment as you open your child care center, school or recreational center. Or utilize 100% financing to upgrade your outdated existing play structures that are no longer safe or compliant for use.

Leasing playground equipment also gives additional tax benefits, as it allows you to pay for your playground equipment out of earnings rather than your capital budget.

Summit Recreation has an excellent working relationship with several leading equipment leasing companies that will work directly you to secure financing on all of our products. Leasing companies often offer programs such as ninety days same as cash, six months deferred payments or finance programs that start with a minimal down payment as low as $20. They also offer a variety of new business finance programs at extremely competitive rates.

To find out more about lease purchase for playground equipment, call us at 877-465-2286 or email us at info@summitrecreation.com.

 

Safety

Play is an important part of childhood. However, with any play, it is important that steps are taken to make sure children are safe. A playground should allow children to develop progressively and test their skills. However, children can be seriously injured in a play environment. The following are some steps that can be taken to reduce children’s risk while at play when it comes to playground safety. Design & Age Appropriate Equipment:

Children differ dramatically not only in physical size and ability, but also in their cognitive and social skills. Therefore, age-appropriate playground designs should accommodate those differences with regard to the type, scale, and layout of play equipment. Preschool age children (2-5 years) should play on equipment designed especially for them, and school-age children (5-12 years) should have equipment for their size and abilities. Sun exposure is also a safety concern for all children at play and a playground or recreation area should have adequate shade within its design. Protection from the harmful UV rays of the sun can be provided by building a permanent shade structure such as a picnic shelter or fabric shade canopy. Safety Surfacing:

It is essential to have proper safety surfacing in and around playground equipment as most injuries occur when kids fall off of the playground equipment. The safety surfacing must be at the proper depth for the material being used as safety surfacing and to meet the fall height of the playground equipment. Playground safety surfacing should also be routinely maintained for proper coverage and impact attenuation performance. Engineered wood fiber, shredded rubber, poured in place rubber surfacing and playground grass are all acceptable playground safety surfaces. Safety Inspections, Audits & Maintenance:

Regular equipment inspection and routine maintenance are very important in playground safety. Inspections are an effective way of identifying and fixing hazards before an injury occurs and can extend the life of the equipment. Adult Supervision & Playground Rules:

Adults actively supervising playground use promotes playground safety. A playground should be supervised in all play areas. Established playground rules such as appropriate equipment use and approved play activities is also recommended. Organizations should customize a playground safety plan to meet their playground needs, site and conditions.

There are many resources available for public playground safety. We recommend that you take a moment and browse the websites below to learn more about playground safety and standards.

National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS): www.playgroundsafety.org

US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC): www.cpsc.gov

The American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM): www.astm.org

The International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA): www.ipema.com

 

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