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Fun for Fun Sake – Hillslides and Custom Water Play

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 their learning process as they better understand how some of the things they use everyday were constructed.  We recently completed an Outdoor Learning Environment in the Seattle, WA area and during the construction of our custom water feature the kids put on their hard hats and pitched in »



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 »



Interactive Play at The White House

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 to improve fitness and develop and hone motor skills.  Interactive products are particularly attractive to children and teenagers who spend a lot of time indoors playing games on computers, game consoles, or other electronic devices. One of our most popular products from the line is Sona, an interactive dance and »



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 an entire division devoted to playground safety surfacing, with options to fit any budget, fall height, or aesthetic requirement. We provide our customers with many safety surfacing options, including sand, synthetic grass, rubber tiles, wood fiber surfacing, poured-in-place (PIP) rubber, and recycled rubber swing mats. Our goal is »