Tag Archives: children outdoor play

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 as open courtyards. Montiavo is proud to introduce it’s very own Natural Playground, custom built and manufactured by PDPlay. It’s unique design features wood components made from natural Black Locust Wood found in Wisconsin.  Black Locust is typically used in high end home flooring for its durability and »



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 may be increased potential for injury. There also signs intended to educate users on rules and regulations. In order to be most effective, signs should be placed at the entrance to the play areas or on the equipment in a clear and visible location. In areas where there are »



San Marcos High School Custom Outdoor Fitness Course

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 components and natural elements that were installed atop our poured-in-place rubber safety surfacing. The San Marcos High School Fitness Course was created as a full fitness regimen and incorporated a collection of hurdle jumps, climbers, parallel bars, and more. It was designed to promote all aspects of fitness including »



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

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 of Navy personnel to enjoy.  We recently completed the contract and are thrilled with the results! The playgrounds, located at child care centers on naval bases Kitsap-Bangor, Kings Bay, Murphy Canyon, and Pensacola, featured components such as local plants and boulders, mounds, and tree-surround seating areas to contribute to the authenticity of »



How Much Does a Natural Playground Cost?

Throughout the years, we’ve designed and built numerous natural playgrounds for schools, community centers, daycares, and more, and as with most purchases, one of the first questions we’re asked is: How much does a natural playground cost? While the question is straightforward the answer is not always so easy.  Cost depends on a variety of factors such as but not limited too the readiness of the proposed area, accessibility of the proposed area for crews »



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, custom fun shapes with the same material? Introducing the Poured-in-Place PIP Turtle: a new component that’s safe, durable, and palletized for shipment around the globe! The Poured-in-Place Turtle can be installed virtually anywhere, and is the perfect component for active infants. The thick, cushioned surface allows children to »



Building Playgrounds with Toothpaste Tubes

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?! In fact, we recently teamed up with TerraCycle and Colgate to do just that for the BelovED Community Charter School in Jersey City, New Jersey. If you’ve kept a close eye on us the past few years, you may recall a similar project we did with TerraCycle and Old Navy, turning thousands of flip »



Amphitheater Seating from PDPlay

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, and even stadium seating. Recently, we teamed up with Cuyamaca College in El Cajon, California to renovate their outdoor amphitheater. Traditionally, steel or aluminum are the main components of amphitheater seating, but the college was looking for a more durable, low-maintenance alternative to outfit their »



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 important to be prepared on the playground as well.  Outdoor play areas can provide kids with an ideal environment for exercising and exploring, socializing with friends, and connecting with nature; since these benefits are so crucial to childhood development, it’s important to make sure that defective equipment, loose hardware, and »



6 Simple Ways to Incorporate Nature Into Your Playground

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 and imaginative play, but are often overlooked in traditional commercial playground building. Creating an environment for children to fully reap the benefits of outdoor play is crucial, especially in a time when unstructured play is being overshadowed by television, video games,and other electronic amusements. At PDPlay, we’ve found a »