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Natural Playgrounds. What does it cost?

Natural Playgrounds. What does it cost?

Throughout the years, we’ve designed and built numerous natural and commercial playgrounds for schools, community centers, daycares, and more, and as with most purchases, one of the first questions we’re »


The Developmental Benefits of Sand & Water Play

The Developmental Benefits of Sand & Water Play

As children splish and splash water or scoop and dump sand, they are unknowingly learning while having fun. The self-directed play offered at sand or water tables, helps children improve »


Natural Playground at Montiavo

Natural Playground at Montiavo

Natural Play, Natural Fun! Montiavo is a peaceful community set in the wonderful wine country of Sant Maria, CA.  It boasts beautifully landscaped grounds with various walking paths and trails as well »


Fundraising

Fundraising

Fundraising  When planning your next playground project, it is important to not overlook the prospect of financing a portion, if not all of the expenses through fundraising or grants. Whether »


The Benefits Of Playing Music

The Benefits Of Playing Music

The Benefits Of Playing Music  PDPlay offers a number of outdoor musical instruments designed with acoustic precision and perfect tone that are a nice addition to any playground.  These creative playground components »


Expanded CNC Capabilities for Custom Signs and Panels!

Expanded CNC Capabilities for Custom Signs and Panels!

Expanded CNC Capabilities from PDPlay! CNC Machining is a process used in manufacturing that involves the use of computers to control machine tools such as a CNC Router.  CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control. »


New Website, New Look!

New Website, New Look!

We got a makeover!! After months of hard work and planning, we are excited to announce the launch of our newly re-designed PDPlay website. We hope that you like our new »


The Rise of The Playgrounds For Senior Citizens

The Rise of The Playgrounds For Senior Citizens

The Rise of The Playgrounds For Senior Citizens Senior citizens have long needed as much stimulation as they can get. When retirement arrives, it can be easy to just sit »


Playground Signs and Labels

Playground Signs and Labels

Playground Signs and Labels Playground signs and labels provide important information to adults to help keep children safe.  Some signs inform users of important guidelines, others warn of hazardous areas where there »


Military Child Development Centers (CDC’s)

Military Child Development Centers (CDC’s)

Military Child Development Centers (CDC’s) Child Development Centers (CDCs) are childcare centers that offer care for children in age-appropriate stimulating environments from ages 6 weeks to Kindergarten. The Philosophy of »


Incorporating STEM on the Playground

Incorporating STEM on the Playground

Incorporating STEM on the Playground STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  STEM education is becoming »


Benefits of Natural Playgrounds

Benefits of Natural Playgrounds

Benefits of Natural Playgrounds Play is a hugely significant part of any child’s development, and creating safe, interactive and stimulating environments for children to play in is so important. Research »


Fun for Fun Sake – Hillslides and Custom Water Play

Fun for Fun Sake – Hillslides and Custom Water Play

Outdoor Learning Environments We love it when we create a new Outdoor Learning Environments at a childcare facility where the kids get involved in the construction.  It helps to broaden »


San Marcos High School Custom Outdoor Fitness Course

San Marcos High School Custom Outdoor Fitness Course

Custom Design-Build PDPlay was recently selected to design and build a custom outdoor fitness course for San Marcos High School in San Marcos, CA. The course included specially made fitness »


PDPlay Partners with the U.S. Navy for Natural Playground Project

PDPlay Partners with the U.S. Navy for Natural Playground Project

Partnering with the Armed Forces Last year, we were awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to build natural playgrounds at four separate bases in the U.S. for the families »


Poured-in-Place Turtle – Infant Playgrounds

Poured-in-Place Turtle – Infant Playgrounds

PIP Turtle for Infant Playgrounds You already know that PDPlay manufactures and installs state of the art rubber poured-in-place rubberized surfacing, but did you also know we can create independent, »


Building Playgrounds with Toothpaste Tubes

Building Playgrounds with Toothpaste Tubes

What makes a recycled playground? You already know that PDPlay builds playgrounds from recycled milk jugs, but did you also know that we can build them from recycled toothpaste tubes?! »


Amphitheater Seating from PDPlay

Amphitheater Seating from PDPlay

Gather Around! Our post-consumer HDPE (high-density polyethylene) recycled plastic lumber is ideal for more than just playgrounds–in fact, we use the product to build shade structures, decks, recreation site furnishings, »


5 Ways to Get Your Playground Back to School Ready

5 Ways to Get Your Playground Back to School Ready

August is upon us, and for educators, that means one thing: School is right around the corner! While most back to school planning is focused inside of the classroom, it’s »


6 Simple Ways to Incorporate Nature Into Your Playground

6 Simple Ways to Incorporate Nature Into Your Playground

Natural Play is the Way! Nature is the perfect learning environment for children to play with and among elements such as sand, water, and living plants. These components encourage physical »


The Buddy Bench

The Buddy Bench

Making Friends With The Buddy Bench While our whole philosophy is based on the power of play, we understand that every child doesn’t always have someone to play with. Reaching »


Interactive Play at The White House

Interactive Play at The White House

Coming together With Interactive Play By now, you’ve seen the incredible line of interactive play structures available from PDPlay. These innovative products bring the indoors outside, offering elements that invite players »


Playground Safety Surfacing

Playground Safety Surfacing

Long gone are the days of metal playgrounds atop unrelenting concrete!  Instead, today’s playgrounds are built with strict safety guidelines for each and every component, including the surfaces they’re built upon.  At PDPlay, we have »


The Play Deficit

The Play Deficit

Lack of play is causing innumerable issues in children today Considering that play promotes intellectual, physical, and social benefits, children devoid of play are missing out on aspects that are vital »


Fun for Fido: Dog Park Equipment from PDPlay

Fun for Fido: Dog Park Equipment from PDPlay

Kids aren’t the only ones having fun on the playground! PDPlay is proud to present a new line of dog park equipment designed to help stimulate physical and mental activity.  Made »


Take Your Parents to the Playground Day

Take Your Parents to the Playground Day

PDPlay’s National Day For Children Back in 2009, PDPlay established a national day for children to get outdoors and take their parents to their workplace–the playground!  Falling annually on the »


Bring the Indoors Outside with Interactive Play from Lappset

Bring the Indoors Outside with Interactive Play from Lappset

New From Lappset In addition to our line of 100% recycled HDPE playgrounds, we now offer a collection of components that are both engaging and entertaining with Interactive Play from »


Surviving Sandy Through Play

Surviving Sandy Through Play

Residents Rally To Restore and Rebuild Hurricane Sandy struck Seaside Park, N.J. more than one year ago, leaving an inconceivable path of destruction in its wake. Like many who experienced »


Castle Park Fitness Course

Castle Park Fitness Course

Getting Kids Fit With Fun PDPlay was selected to design and build a custom fitness course by the Sweetwater Union School District. The San Diego Chargers charity, Chargers Community Foundation, »


Rust Never Sleeps

Rust Never Sleeps

The debate rages on regarding recycled plastic commercial play systems versus metal play systems. With metal play systems, you have the opportunity to create shapes such as angled and curved »


What Exactly is a Hillslide?

What Exactly is a Hillslide?

It’s More Than A Hill and More Than A Slide! Hillslides are one of the most popular components of our Outdoor Learning Environments, creating a more natural (and fun!) approach »


How to Design and Build a $20K Commercial Playground

How to Design and Build a $20K Commercial Playground

Getting the most bang for your buck! $20,000 might seem like a lot of money when it comes to designing and building a commercial playground, but as with most construction »


Building Playgrounds from Recycled Plastic

Building Playgrounds from Recycled Plastic

Building Playgrounds from Recycled Plastic While building playgrounds from recycled plastic like milk containers may seem like a cool concept, at PDPlay, our work’s purpose is much more than that. »


Outdoor Learning Environment at El Norte

Outdoor Learning Environment at El Norte

Having been in the commercial playground industry for over 25 years, I have been asked to design some strange things: submarines, sand airplanes, spiral slides coming from the fifth floor »


Outdoor Learning Environment at La Jolla United Methodist Church

Outdoor Learning Environment at La Jolla United Methodist Church

La Jolla United Methodist Church’s CDC director contacted us to help design and build an Outdoor Learning Environment. As with many of our jobs, they had a small space but »


PDPlay Pad at Legoland

PDPlay Pad at Legoland

Legoland in Carlsbad, CA selected PDPlay to help them with the surfacing portion of their Las Vegas exhibit. They were looking for a cost effective surfacing option that could »


PDPlay Vine Climber – Natural Playground

PDPlay Vine Climber – Natural Playground

Earlier this year, Shasta Community College in Red Bluff, CA purchased a life like Vine Climber from PDPlay for their on campus Child Development Center (CDC). This CDC is »


New Outdoor Learning Environment at Camp Pendleton in San Diego

New Outdoor Learning Environment at Camp Pendleton in San Diego

Another Outdoor Learning Environment by PDPlay. PDPlay was selected to build several playgrounds at a child development center recently constructed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego County. »