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No playground is complete without safety surfacing to cushion falls and stumbles
Date Published: Mar, 03 2015
When schools and parks first started installing playground equipment, they gave little thought to the playground surface materials that they used. Read More
Refresh Your Playground this Fall
Date Published: Sep, 25 2014
Fall is perhaps the best season for outdoor play, when picnic areas are not overheated by grills and children can play for hours without overexerting. Read More
Join the Fight Against Childhood Obesity
Date Published: Sep, 17 2014
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. Read More
4 Early Age Milestones for an Active Child
Date Published: Sep, 11 2014
Infants and toddlers are in the middle of the most rapid period of growth and change they will ever... Read More
4 Details You Shouldn't Overlook
Date Published: 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.  Read More
The Elements of Play
Date Published: Jul, 29 2014
Follow the ultimate guide to create a timeless playground for children of any age... Read More
5 Pieces Of Equipment You May Not Know Was Banned From Playgrounds
Date Published: Jul, 24 2014
here 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. Read More
Choosing the Right Size Playground
Date Published: Jul, 17 2014
Planning a park space is often a journey of several years than than a onetime endeavor. Read More
Playground Project Timeline
Date Published: 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.  Read More
Playground Structure Safety & Maintenance
Date Published: Jul, 07 2014
Playgrounds are a major investment and a key part of creating and maintaining a community that focuses on healthly recreation.  Read More
What you Need to Know about Shade Structures
Date Published: Jun, 26 2014
Adding reliable shade to public spaces greatly increase the amount of time people can comfortably spend outdoors. Determine if a shade structure is right for you. Read More
Your Complete Surfacing Guide
Date Published: 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. Read More
The Basics For The Perfect Dog Park
Date Published: 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.  Read More
Complete Guide to Independent Play Safety
Date Published: 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.  Read More
Swing into Safety
Date Published: 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. Read More
Can We Have a Playground, Please?
Date Published: 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. Read More
Heat Proof your Playground
Date Published: 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. Read More
Sizzling Park Spaces
Date Published: 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.  Read More
3 Smart Playground Planning Tips
Date Published: 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 mega structure that can entertain dozens of children, we have three tips to help you get started on the right foot. Read More
Age Separation
Date Published: 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. Read More
Four Essential Elements of Playground Design
Date Published: 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.  Read More
Playground Safety: Part 2
Date Published: Apr, 11 2014
Playgrounds are designed to withstand everything the environment and children can throw at them but they still need TLC to help keep them safe Read More
Playground Safety: Installation
Date Published: 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. Read More
Tackle the Playground in Costume
Date Published: Mar, 28 2014
Want to add even more fun to your playground this spring? Why not host a costume party! Read More
The Importance of Sports
Date Published: 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.  Read More
The Beauty of Teamwork
Date Published: 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 Read More
Creating an Outdoor Classroom
Date Published: 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.  Read More
Fighting Childhood Obesity with Play
Date Published: 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.  Read More
Making Fitness a Family Affair
Date Published: Feb, 27 2014
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. Read More
Exercise Infographic
Date Published: Feb, 20 2014
Designing a Fitness Circuit
Date Published: Feb, 14 2014
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 Read More
Avoiding Heart Disease in Children and Adults
Date Published: 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. Read More
Create an Inclusive Environment to Give Children the Opportunity to Grow and Learn Together
Date Published: 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. Read More
Plan & Create a Timeless Design for your Park!
Date Published: 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. Read More
Keep your family healthy & fit! September 28th is Family Health & Fitness Day!
Date Published: 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. Read More
Caterpillar Crawl Installation at The King & Bear!
Date Published: 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. Read More
It's National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month! BYO Joins the Fight!
Date Published: 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. Read More
Create an Ideal Indoor and Outdoor Learning Environment at your Child Care Facility!
Date Published: 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. Read More
Back to School: The Benefits Sensory Play for Little Ones!
Date Published: Aug, 21 2013
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. Read More
Our next step in the Green direction! Recycled Playground Equipment
Date Published: Aug, 13 2013
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. Read More
It's National Exercise with Your Child Week, So Get Outside and Get Active!
Date Published: Aug, 06 2013
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children should do at least one hour of physical activity per day.  Read More
Bollards & Bike Racks: Learn how to choose the best for your park!
Date Published: Jul, 30 2013
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 Read More
Enjoy a Fun Cook-out Locally with Park Grills
Date Published: Jul, 22 2013
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 Read More
Take Your Canine To The Park For A Little Fun In The Sun!
Date Published: 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. Read More
Keeping Earth Clean One Person At A Time
Date Published: 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. Read More
Picnic Tables, Bleachers and Benches! Learn What's Best for You.
Date Published: 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. Read More
Artificial Turf Benefits Your Play Space!
Date Published: 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 Read More
Absorb Some Surface Knowledge!
Date Published: 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 structure or while running Read More
Pour Some Surface Knowledge into Your Brain
Date Published: 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. Read More
Digging Deeper Into Surface Knowledge
Date Published: 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. Read More
BYO Recreation & National Playground Construction Install a Pirate-Themed Playground for St. Augustine's New Palencia Elementary School
Date Published: May, 31 2013
BYO Recreation and their installation company, National Playground Construction (NPC), worked together to professionally install two Create Play structures for a new elementary school in St. Augustine throughout the end of May. Read More
Stay Safe While Getting Fit
Date Published: 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 predators; perform better in labor-intensive jobs or careers Read More
Keep Kids Safe on Play Structures!
Date Published: 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. Read More
Shade Can Save!
Date Published: May, 14 2013
The Importance of Accessible Equipment
Date Published: 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. Read More
Checking Your Playground's Swing Safety
Date Published: 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. Read More
Checking Your Playground's Surface Safety
Date Published: 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. Read More
Stretch Your Budget
Date Published: Nov, 30 -0001
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. Read More
Common Playground Maintenance Issues
Date Published: Nov, 30 -0001
The NRPA and CPSI Curriculum state that 1-in-3 playground injuries are allegedly a result of a lack of playground maintenance or improper playground maintenance. Read More

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