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Posted on: Aug 26, 2014
Who doesn't want to stretch their dollar further? If you have been trusted by your community or board to investigate the installation of a new playground or park space, you have been handed a challenging task. Even the savviest shoppers can find purchasing a playground difficult. How do you know...
 
Posted on: Aug 07, 2014


Planning a park space is often a journey of several years rather than a onetime endeavor. As with any project, as your space matures and you get feedback from guests you are sure to discover little things that are missing or that you wish you had thought of during the initial design phase....
 
Posted on: Jul 29, 2014


Playgrounds, particularly large playgrounds, can look like a complicated compilation of somewhat random equipment but when examined more closely you might notice something. Each piece of equipment is really only a variation of a few basic components broken apart, reimagined and put back...
 
Posted on: Jul 24, 2014



There is no doubt that playgrounds have changed a lot since many of us were children. A broad focus on safety, environmental concerns and rapid advances in technology have merged together to create playgrounds that are safer and more fun than ever. Playgrounds are also extraordinarily long...

 
Posted on: Jul 17, 2014

Choosing a structure that fits your space and can accommodate everyone can be tricky. Buying an overly large structure is a surefire way to burn through your budget and doesn't always guarantee that children will get more enjoyment out of your playground. We have compiled our design teams' top...

 
Posted on: Jul 10, 2014

Planning and installing a new playground can be an exciting, if somewhat daunting task. To help you develop a better understanding of how much time the entire process takes we have outlined the basic phases of playground planning and installation. We will discuss how long each phase...

 
Posted on: Jul 07, 2014

Playgrounds are a major investment and a key part of creating and maintaining a community that focuses on healthly recreation. Whether you are in charge of maintaining a playground for a school, church or community, you should familiarize yourself with basic maintenance requirements to...

 
Posted on: Jul 03, 2014

BYO Recreation has launched a brand new Create More Play Program for the Summer 2014 season. Summer is the perfect time to create, expand or refresh a playground but the high upfront cost can be a major deterrent for many schools and communities. Because play is so important to fostering...

 
Posted on: Jun 26, 2014


As the summer sun beats down, temperatures are soaring throughout the US. At the BYO office in St. Augustine Florida, it is in the high 90s today and in parts of the country temperatures are well into the low 100s. During heat like this, most people avoid spending any significant amount...
 
Posted on: Jun 24, 2014

Surfacing is often the last thing considered when our clients describe their playground concept; in fact, many customers have not considered playground surfacing at all. However, choosing a surfacing is one of the most important decisions you will make during the planning and design process....

 
Posted on: Jun 20, 2014

According to the ASPCA, there are between 70 and 80 million dogs in the United States. People have shared their homes with dogs for so long that some experts believe that common behaviors, like barking, have evolved in order to communicate with human roommates. With an estimated 33,000 years...

 
Posted on: Jun 17, 2014

Independent, or free standing playground equipment as it is sometimes called, is any equipment not attached to a larger playground structure. This equipment is an extremely practical way to make your playground more appealing to a wider range of children. Like anything that is exposed to...

 
Posted on: Jun 12, 2014

Whether you are planning on purchasing a commercial swing set for your playground or already have one, it's important to understand how to maintain them. We've compiled a guide to help you understand what goes into a swing set and how to maintain yours. Remember that nothing replaces your own...

 
Posted on: Jun 10, 2014

Most educators can tell you stories about long waits for budget approvals and typically the bigger the commitment the longer the wait. Big purchases, like a playground, tend to spend more time in committee than the average supply order. The city of Jena in Louisiana recently moved their...

 
Posted on: Jun 06, 2014

June is here and that means our Spring Create More Play (CMP) Program is coming to a close! Each quarter we donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to communities just like yours across the country. Each CMP participant will have half of their playground structure paid for by BYO Recreation....

 
Posted on: May 30, 2014


Dehydration is a leading cause of emergency room visits during the summer months. Whether you are constructing a park or improving your community's public spaces, plan to prioritize heat relief.

Water plays a huge role in the body's normal internal functions. Water carries heat away from...
 
Posted on: May 23, 2014


Adding a picnic area to your community is a great way to encourage active, healthy lifestyles and encourage residents to socialize together. Adding a park space is simple since most equipment is easy to install, relatively low cost and requires little to no special preparation for your space....
 
Posted on: May 16, 2014

Planning a playground should be a fun, creative exercise and if you're working with a professional designer who is certified in playground safety, you can leave the worrying to them and focus on your vision. Whether you're planning a simple play space for use by a few children or a gigantic...
 
Posted on: May 12, 2014



We are frequently asked why our playgrounds are separated by age and what these separations mean exactly. Finally, here's everything you need to know about how we determine how to separate playgrounds by age.

If you've been shopping for commercial playground equipment it's likely that...
 
Posted on: May 02, 2014

As the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Even though playgrounds have received major safety and aesthetic upgrades since many of us were children, the basics elements that compose an engaging playground have stayed the same. Follow this ultimate guide to...
 
Posted on: Apr 11, 2014

Evaluating Your Playground's Safety

Playgrounds are designed to withstand everything the environment and children can throw at them but they still need TLC to help keep them safe. In previous blog posts we've discussed the importance of using proper surfacing and discussed what requirements...

 
Posted on: Apr 07, 2014

Purchasing a playground is a major investment that signifies a commitment to the health and happiness of children in your community. Although planning and purchasing a playground is always exciting, everyone wants to know that they received the best deal as well as the best product. It can be...

 
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014


Want to add even more fun to your playground this spring? Why not host a costume party!

Since the dawn of time parents have been driven to near insanity by one phrase “I'm bored.” Whether you're a parent, PTO member or a HOA board member, you help make the most out of your playground by...
 
Posted on: Mar 24, 2014

Playing a sport can be one of the biggest commitments a child can make. Choosing a sport, joining a team and practicing regularly are unique experiences that can't be replicated by other activities. Whether you and your child choose a casual ‘everybody plays' team or a more competitive team,...
 
Posted on: Mar 21, 2014


The odds of any child becoming a professional athlete are pretty slim, but the odds of a child becoming a professional collaborator are pretty high. Teamwork isn't just for the field; it's also a life skill that children will carry with them forever. Teamwork is a huge part of social...
 
Posted on: Mar 20, 2014
Despite the wacky weather, spring is on the way! As our thought turn to longer days, warmer weather and more outdoor activity, it's a good time to think about moving some or your lessons outdoors. We've collected some of our favorite outdoor learning ideas and products to help you get a head...
 
Posted on: Mar 05, 2014


According to the CDC, Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the last 30 years while only about 29 percent of high school students exercise 60 minutes or more each day. As Americans turn more and more to indoor entertainment and recreation, children are paying the price. Establishing...
 
Posted on: Feb 27, 2014


How Would you Describe Your Family's Physical Activity?

Was your answer active enough? With most parents working 40 or more hours a week it's hard to find ways to worry about adult fitness, let alone children's fitness, but the reality is that America's families are struggling to stay...
 
Posted on: Feb 20, 2014


Do you ever wonder how much of a difference adding a little exercise to your life could make? All the rules, guidelines and suggestions associated with diet and exercise can be a little overwhelming but never fear, we've got a cheat sheet to help you meet your goals. What inspires you to...
 
Posted on: Feb 14, 2014
Why a Fitness Circuit?

Generally, when we're approached by customers who wish to purchase or design a play structure, their main goal is to get kids outside and keep them safely entertained. What many don't realize is that a cleverly designed play structure can encourage children to push...
 
Posted on: Feb 05, 2014

Heart disease is the number one cause of death and disability in America today. According to the CDC, it's also one of the most preventable causes of death in our country. Simple changes in your daily routine can help prevent you from becoming one of the 200,000 preventable deaths from heart...
 
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014
We're proud to announce that our Create More Play Program will be returning in 2014. We've kicked off the savings with some of our biggest and best structures ever! Our Playground Designers have created fun new structures featuring some of our most popular climbers, slides and panels.

When...
 
Posted on: Dec 05, 2013

At BYO Recreation, we are proud to work with communities nationwide, helping create play opportunities for America's children. Since the beginning of our Create More Play Program we have matched 100% of funds with thousands of communities and schools, allowing them to create engaging,...

 
Posted on: Oct 17, 2013

Creating an inclusive environment gives children the opportunity to grow and learn together. This environment must be fostered in the classroom and out. Providing accessible playground equipment is a vital part of creating a completely inclusive environment.

When you include a playground...

 
Posted on: Oct 08, 2013

Whether you are planning a brand new park or making additions to an existing one, BYO Recreation is here to help you from start to finish! The first step is planning. When you begin thinking about what you want the park to be, what's the first thing you think of? Is it sprawling nature trails...

 
Posted on: Oct 01, 2013

At BYO Recreation, our Create More Play Program is such an integral part of what we do; it is central to our belief in the positive benefits of play. Our mission is to create play for children all over the country and the Create More Play Program helps us achieve this goal. Through the...

 
Posted on: Sep 24, 2013

Family Health & Fitness Day (FHFD) gives families and communities nationwide the opportunity to get involved and get active as a family. September 28, 2013 marks the 17th annual FHFD. The event's overall purpose is to promote family involvement in physical activity.

BYO Recreation is...

 
Posted on: Sep 10, 2013

This summer we installed one of our best-selling Create Play structures, the Caterpillar Crawl, at The King & Bear in Saint Augustine, FL.

Professional installation ensures that playground equipment is properly installed, meeting all safety requirements. BYO Recreation & NPC's installers...

 
Posted on: Sep 04, 2013

Childhood obesity is an epidemic in the United States, with more than 23 million children ages two to 19 being obese or overweight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30...

 
Posted on: Aug 28, 2013

As your new students adapt to their new classmates, teacher and classroom, keep in mind your classroom environment and the significant role it plays in the success of your class. Although each classroom setup will be unique due to classroom size, the layout of your space and the individual...

 
Posted on: Aug 21, 2013
Sensory Play

Hands-on play encourages children to explore and learn through play. Teachers should include sensory play in their daily curriculum to establish this form of learning early on. This helps children learn to naturally question things and come to conclusions on their own while they...

 
Posted on: Aug 13, 2013
BYO Recycled Playground Structures

At BYO, we have always encouraged the use of products that are made from recycled materials. Our Park Equipment selection includes many recycled products, including picnic tables, park benches and a recycling station, along with other recycled site amenities.

Our next step in the...

 
Posted on: Aug 06, 2013
National Exercise Wtih Your Child Week

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children should do at least one hour of physical activity per day. While they may already meet this guideline by playing during recess at school or at sports practice, National Exercise with Your Child Week, Aug. 4-10, encourages...

 
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013
Bike Racks and Bollards

Bollards are a great way to restrict car access on park grounds. Adequate spacing ensures that cars cannot pass through, while allowing bikers and people walking to pass easily. Bollards are commonly used in parking areas and some include lights that are used along pathways and...

 
Posted on: Jul 22, 2013
Park Grills

Visiting local parks is a great summer activity for family and friends. There are so many things to do; many parks offer commercial grills so their guests can cook-out. These commercial grills are a great addition to any park because of the value they bring. People will visit parks with...

 
Posted on: Jul 16, 2013


Keeping your dog in shape and giving him or her an opportunity to play with other friendly doggy friends is just as important as taking your kids to the park to play with friends and get proper exercise. Taking your dogs to a pet park allows them to not only get outside and burn some energy...
 
Posted on: Jul 09, 2013


Keeping our Earth clean is obviously very important, so what can you do to help keep the Earth clean? As an individual, you may not feel like you can do any damage or help in any significant way, but you can! Let's take a look at some statistics.

36 percent of the commercial workforce in...
 
Posted on: Jul 04, 2013


ATTENTION ALL PARK AND RECREATIONS! Today is the day you learn just how important picnic tables, bleachers and benches are to your park, school, daycare, place of business, church, playground and sports field. Picnic tables, bleachers and benches aren't only vital to the comfort of your...
 
Posted on: Jul 04, 2013


The National Recreation and Park Association designated July as the nation's Park and Recreation month in 1985 to encourage people to venture to local parks with friends and family to enjoy the great outdoors, obtain healthy lifestyles and support park and recreation events.

So, why is...
 
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013


David Chaney and his team of researchers at the North Carolina State University- College of Textiles created artificial grass, or artificial turf, in 1960 for baseball fields. It wasn't until the 1970's that artificial turf became the top pick of surface material used in sport stadiums and...
 
Posted on: Jun 19, 2013


Surfacing your playground area is one of the most important parts of a playground. Why? Because when kids fall they can get scrapes, cuts, bruises and, in serious cases, broken bones, but with the right surface you can help reduce the amount of damage done to a child who falls from a play...
 
Posted on: Jun 12, 2013


The majority of injuries that occur in a play area are the result of children falling to the ground from structures, so it's important to have a good surface that will absorb the majority of shock from a fall. Two surfaces that are fantastic shock absorbents are pour-in-place surfacing and...
 
Posted on: Jun 04, 2013


Laying the right surface in your playground area can be a lot harder than you think. You can't just put down a couple bags of sand or mulch and say your playground is safe. You must research surface materials, find out what the requirements are for surfacing your play space and then provide...
 
Posted on: May 28, 2013



Fitness has been a universal activity since cavemen roamed the earth. People are compelled to stay fit or get fit for many different reasons, some being the following: lower risk of heart attack or other life-threatening health issues; increase ability to protect one's self against...
 
Posted on: May 21, 2013


Playground Structure Safety is one of the most important components of safety in a play space, so it's important to know what you should be inspecting in order to keep children safe at play.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission:

“About 200,000 children are...
 
Posted on: May 14, 2013


Shade seems pretty unimportant when it comes to playground safety, after all, making sure play structures are built properly and swing set parts are not worn out seem to be at the top of the safety checklist, but shade is very important, if not the most important safety feature on a...
 
Posted on: May 07, 2013


In 1990 the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed.This act is designed to give civil rights protection to individuals with disabilities. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, it "guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations,...
 
Posted on: Apr 30, 2013


Keeping children safe is the number one priority for BYO Recreation, so for the month of May we are going to continue to educate you about how you can keep your kids safe while at play. We talked about Surface Safety Monday, April 22, 2013, so today let's move on to swing safety.

Swing...
 
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013


Keeping children safe is the number one priority for BYO Recreation, so for Playground Safety Week we want to provide you with a checklist of things to examine on your playground surface, so you can ensure your children are safe while playing.

Let's start with your surface:

If you have...
 
Posted on: Apr 04, 2012
Saint Augustine, Fla. March 07, 2012

Americans with disabilities will soon have the ability to participate in swimming activities that may have previously been inaccessible to them. The updated 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards will require public and commercial facilities...

 
Posted on: Apr 04, 2012
Saint Augustine, Fla. February 21, 2012

Communities nationwide will now have the opportunity to “Create Play” for children thanks to BYO Recreation's new program, the $1 Million Create Play Fund. Beginning on Feb. 21, BYO Recreation will match up to 100 percent of customer funds for select

 
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012
It started with a swing set. Bill Calhoun, our founder and president, built a backyard swing set for his children in 1999 and thus laid the foundation for what is now BYO Recreation. Over the past 13 years, we have grown from an idea to a full-scale, web-based recreation company and can proudly...
 
Posted on: Mar 02, 2012
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