PRODUCT SHOWCASE

PROBLEM-SOLVER SHOWCASE

PROBLEM:
What maintenance is required for our picnic tables? Are there lower-maintenance options?

SOLUTION:
Untreated wood tables should be stained or painted once a year, with boards replaced as needed. Treated wood tables require hot-dipped galvanized or stainless steel hardware, and staining or painting the lumber is an option. Recycled plastic tables have color molded throughout the material, so repainting is never required, though they may require support to prevent warping. Aluminum tables never need painting and are about 40 percent lighter than wood.

Gerber Manufacturing Ltd.: 800-393-9923

PROBLEM:
We want to provide play equipment for handicapped children, but don't have enough space for an entirely new play area.

SOLUTION:
Play Mart's innovative recycled plastic playgrounds provide play components accessible to children of all abilities on one structure. Ground-level play panels, sandboxes and tunnels attached to a play structure with components accessible by transfer steps or ramps create an integrated place for children of all abilities to play together.

Play Mart Inc.: 866-630-5178

PROBLEM:
We work with children who range in age from 6 to 18. We need one piece of fitness equipment that is suitable for all ages and abilities.

SOLUTION:
Indoor rowing offers kids an activity that puts them on a more level playing field than other traditional activities. The Concept2 Indoor Rower has been proven to be a fun, effective and safe machine for kids of all ages and abilities. Concept2 also offers programming ideas, curriculum for schools and after-school programs, motivational challenges and distance awards with prizes.

Concept2: 800-245-5676

PROBLEM:
We need help with ticketing, cash control, identifying groups, price differentiation and prize draws.

SOLUTION:
These and many other challenges are solved by using Tyvek or vinyl wristbands from Price Chopper. Wristbands are non-transferable, non-stretch, strong and waterproof. More than 400 choices of colors, patterns and sizes are available. Price Chopper offers quick custom prints for as few as 500 bands. Consecutive numbers and tear-off stubs are available as claim checks or for prize draws.

Price Chopper: 888-695-6220

PROBLEM:
The older kids at our playground are bored and looking for a challenge.

SOLUTION:
Introduce them to the Infinity Web, an innovative play experience unlike others. In today's fast-paced cyber world, children learn and adapt quickly and are soon ready to explore and master the next new challenge. This amazing structure couples Infinity's twisted climbing surface with fun hand and foot holes. The Infinity Web creates a whole new dimension for climbing and fantasy play.

Little Tikes Commercial: 800-325-8828

PROBLEM:
We want to create a playground that stands out from the crowd.

SOLUTION:
Many playgrounds look the same, but not with Hags UniMini. UniMini provides endless possibilities for children. They can talk to their buddies through the sleek talktube and build strength and coordination with the Hags sloping climbing wall, which has realistic foot and hand grips. Ingeniously designed modules are combined into exciting play environments, including a cave, a boat, a city in the air and a princess tower.

Hags Play USA: 888-458-2752

PROBLEM:
Our playground surfacing is inadequate, and we don't want to create a hazard for children.

SOLUTION:
More than 200,000 children each year go to the hospital room with injuries associated with playground equipment—most due to inadequate surfacing. A new innovation comes to the surface with Miracle's PlayTerrainTM synthetic turf. It's easy to install, durable and provides fast drainage to play areas with a plush, carpet-like feel. PlayTerrainTM turf blends substance with style to offer a natural grass look.

Miracle Recreation: 888-458-2752

PROBLEM:
We need to update our existing, outdated aquatic facility that has become expensive to maintain.

SOLUTION:
A Vortex Splashpad is an aquatic recreation system that provides for endless combinations of interactive play with a fully automated support system. The fun comes from the endless enjoyment of water as it is sprayed, gushed, dumped and poured from the play products that create the play events.

Vortex Aquatic Structures Intl.: 877-5-VORTEX (586-7839)