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Posted on: Dec 23rd 2014, 10:27

Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a joyful New Year. Best wishes from your friends at BYO Recreation. We look forward brining you more play in 2015!

Posted on: Sep 25th 2014, 14:04

Autumn is here and as the weather cools and the days become shorter it's tempting to spend more time indoors. On the other hand, less intense heat means that it is possible to spend more time outside with less risk from sun exposure. Fall is perhaps the best season for outdoor play, when picnic areas are not overheated by grills and children can play for hours without over exerting.

It is…
Posted on: Sep 17th 2014, 11:00

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and in truth, it is a rare person who does not realize that America's children are suffering from obesity at greater rates than ever before. Here at BYO Recreation we deal with a wide variety of communities, from churches and schools to planned communities and public parks and each of these communities approaches us because they share a…

Posted on: Sep 11th 2014, 15:15

Infants and toddlers are in the middle of the most rapid period of growth and change they will ever experience and they do the majority of their learning through play.  When presented with a challenge, children in this age group will spend days repeating the same task until they have mastered it completely. Understanding how simple behaviors are actually huge milestones is a great way to get…
Posted on: Sep 5th 2014, 11:08

This season's Create More Play Program (CMP) features a first of its kind offer in the form of Pip n' Squeak, two complementary structures designed to be installed in tandem on playgrounds that expect visits from children aged 2 to 12. Single structures designed for children aged 2 to 12 years of age have always been the most popular designs offered through our CMP Program and it's easy to see…
Posted on: Aug 26th 2014, 10:24
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 you are really getting the best deal? What items on a playground offer the most value? Which…
Posted on: Aug 7th 2014, 14:31


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. Sure the playground is great but how do you keep families from driving up to the picnic space? You…
Posted on: Jul 29th 2014, 13:01


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 together in an infinite and diverse array of equipment. Today we are breaking down the elements of play.…
Posted on: Jul 24th 2014, 12:07



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 lived, with equipment frequently outlasting its safety rating. Our designers and playground installation…

Posted on: Jul 17th 2014, 15:41

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 tips for making sure you install a playground that is sized just right.

 

Why is sizing so…

Posted on: Jul 10th 2014, 15:05

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 typically takes, as well as the various factors that may influence your project timeline.


Phase One -…
Posted on: Jul 7th 2014, 15:50

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 assure you maintain a safe play environment. We have covered the different playground components in

Posted on: Jul 3rd 2014, 14:19

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 healthy children and communities BYO allocates one million dollars each quarter to assisting communities…

Posted on: Jun 26th 2014, 12:05


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 outside if they can. With summer temperatures frequently above 90°F, it can be difficult to enjoy outdoor…
Posted on: Jun 24th 2014, 15:29

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. There are two basic types of surfacing, loose fill and unitary surfacing, each type has its own…

Posted on: Jun 20th 2014, 09:39

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 of cohabitation, it is no wonder that many dog owners think about their pets when choosing where to…

Posted on: Jun 17th 2014, 16:20

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 year round weather and rough use, independent play items should be regularly maintained to preserve their…

Posted on: Jun 12th 2014, 09:03

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 common sense and should you ever believe that something is wrong with any playground equipment contact…

Posted on: Jun 10th 2014, 14:20

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 elementary school into a brand new building and, for the most part, students love their new school. However,…

Posted on: Jun 6th 2014, 15:37

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. This program is designed around the core belief that all children should have access to safe places to…

Posted on: May 30th 2014, 13:46


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 internal organs and cools the surface of the body through sweat. Improper hydration can lead to heat…
Posted on: May 23rd 2014, 12:41


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. There are almost endless options for park spaces so creating a solid concept and prioritizing the…
Posted on: May 16th 2014, 14:57

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 mega structure that can entertain dozens of children, we have three tips to help you get started on the…
Posted on: May 12th 2014, 10:10



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 you've noticed that manufactures all use the same age ranges to divide up play structures but may be unsure…
Posted on: May 2nd 2014, 10:49

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 creating a timeless playground for children of any age.

  • Movement: From their roots in classic playground…
Posted on: Apr 11th 2014, 14:57

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 need to be met to meet different material safety and design safety standards. When your playground is…

Posted on: Apr 7th 2014, 14:04

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 extremely tempting to try and cut corners and save your budget for equipment but a proper installation…

Posted on: Mar 28th 2014, 11:13


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 hosting fun, interactive events. The best part is you don't need a lot of preparation or special…
Posted on: Mar 24th 2014, 14:49

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, your entire family will be making a huge commitment of time and energy.

So, is playing a sport…
Posted on: Mar 21st 2014, 09:21


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 competency and children who participate in teamwork building activities are better able to interpret their…
Posted on: Mar 20th 2014, 10:47
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 start on spring. Even if you dreams are bigger than your budget, adding one or two outdoor learning zones…
Posted on: Mar 5th 2014, 11:42


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 healthy play and sleep habits during childhood have lifelong benefits, but require dedicated parents,…
Posted on: Feb 27th 2014, 14:46


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 fit. Like any other habit, teaching children to find time to be active is more easily accomplished when…
Posted on: Feb 20th 2014, 11:52


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 keep your body fit?
Posted on: Feb 14th 2014, 14:00
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 their physical limits and become more confident, fit and spatially aware. Fitness Circuits combine state…
Posted on: Feb 5th 2014, 13:49

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 disease each year.

Get Your Heart Rate Up
Adults need at least two and a half hours of moderate…
Posted on: Jan 29th 2014, 09:45
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 you choose a Create More Play Structure, BYO Recreation will contribute half of the retail cost! Our…
Posted on: Dec 5th 2013, 11:17

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, challenging and safe play spaces.

Have you taken advantage of your Create More Play 100% matching funds…

Posted on: Oct 17th 2013, 14:30

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 that promotes inclusion, your students will have the ability to have fun and socialize freely and in…

Posted on: Oct 8th 2013, 09:30

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 and peaceful, scenic water views? Do you picture a lively picnic area with fire rings and grills?

Posted on: Oct 1st 2013, 08:50

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 program, children's facilities are eligible to receive a 50% off matching fund grant that allows them to…

Posted on: Sep 24th 2013, 08:50

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 committed to creating play for children, which creates more physical activity. Playground structures,…

Posted on: Sep 10th 2013, 16:15

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 are all Certified Playground Safety Inspectors and are familiar with the equipment, meaning there's no…

Posted on: Sep 4th 2013, 15:23

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 years. Nearly one third of American children are at early risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood…

Posted on: Aug 28th 2013, 15:15

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 needs of each class and teacher, the principles of organization and staying clutter free remain the…

Posted on: Aug 21st 2013, 16:13
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 play.

Sensory play is vital to early learning because children learn best through hands-on experiences. With the…

Posted on: Aug 13th 2013, 14:46
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 “green” direction was to add recycled playground equipment. Our new Eco Structures are made from 100% recycled…

Posted on: Aug 6th 2013, 13:43
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 parents to get involved with their children and be physically active together.

There are many ways…

Posted on: Jul 30th 2013, 13:47
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 trails.

When shopping for bollards it is important to know how you are going to utilize them. Are you looking to…

Posted on: Jul 22nd 2013, 11:01
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 friends and family for reunions, parties or a get-together because they have the option to grill food and…

Posted on: Jul 16th 2013, 08:50


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 on the park equipment before dinnertime; it also lets them interact with other pets. This is a great…
Posted on: Jul 9th 2013, 08:50


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 America goes to work in an office each day. Of that 36 percent, each employee will produce 1.5 pounds…
Posted on: Jul 4th 2013, 08:45


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 visitors, but they provide an opportunity for visitors to sit, relax and enjoy making memories with…
Posted on: Jul 4th 2013, 08:45


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 July the designated month for parks and recreation? Because kids are out of school, parents are ready…
Posted on: Jun 25th 2013, 08:50


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 fields across the USA and Canada. This material allowed traditional outdoor sports to be moved indoors,…
Posted on: Jun 19th 2013, 08:50


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 structure or while running. All surfaces have a percentage of shock absorbency, some more than others.…
Posted on: Jun 12th 2013, 14:15


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 tiled surfacing. There are other surfaces that are great shock absorbents such as rubber and wooden…
Posted on: Jun 4th 2013, 08:45


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 a safe surface throughout your playground. Lucky for you, you can find all of that information right…
Posted on: May 28th 2013, 08:45



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 predators; perform better in labor-intensive jobs or careers. There are infinite reasons why people are driven…
Posted on: May 21st 2013, 08:30


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 treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for playground equipment-related injuries - an estimated…
Posted on: May 14th 2013, 08:45


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 playground. So if shade is the most important safety feature, why is it overlooked so often?

Answer: People…
Posted on: May 7th 2013, 08:45


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, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications."

Here at BYO…
Posted on: Apr 30th 2013, 08:30


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 sets are the most common playground equipment found in any play space, and it's the most used structure…
Posted on: Apr 22nd 2013, 08:30


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 a rubber or wooden mulch surface, you want to check its level. Over time, your mulch will become…
Posted on: Apr 4th 2012, 20:01
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 to include accommodations for entry and exit of pools nationwide by March 15, 2012.

The updated ADA…

Posted on: Apr 4th 2012, 19:54
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 selectplayground structures. The $1 million fund should help create at least 100 new playgrounds and thousands…

Posted on: Mar 27th 2012, 18:42
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 say that we offer our customers a lot more than just backyard swing sets. We decided to begin a blog…
Posted on: Mar 2nd 2012, 21:25

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