Squid Invades Brooklyn

The craftsmen and sculptors of Cost Inc. were asked by the city of New York Park and Recreation Department to work with architects Saratoga Associates to create a new play element. The huge 5,000-plus-pound, colorful squid now lives at Shore Road Park IV in Brooklyn, N.Y. It features 18-inch-thick tentacles that stretch and twist forward 27 feet. The giant squid entices children to approach it and play. Cost Inc. playground equipment is seen in many parks throughout the country. The Mastodon slide, jungle gym, dinosaur slide and rock climbing walls have grown in popularity over the past few years.

Cost Inc.: 800-221-7625

Not Too Tired

Welch Products, Inc. manufactures safety surfacing products made from recycled tire material. The line of products includes playground tiles, imprinted utility tiles and loose-fill rubber. Welch designs and manufactures special tiles and accessory pieces in addition to the standard 2-foot-by-2-foot playground tiles. These pieces allow for multiple design options as well as easy installation. All products are in compliance with ASTM F-1292 (critical fall height), and the tiles meet ADA specifications for accessibility as determined by ASTM F-1951.

Welch Products: 877-385-5544

Lock it Safe

SofTile KrosLock is designed to meet the stringent requirements of today's most sophisticated safety surfacing consumer. Recent changes have led to further enhancements to the locking design, ensuring that when SofTile locks, it stays locked. Additional changes include a much denser product that simultaneously achieves the highest impact attenuation ratings in the industry. Sof Surfaces is one of the first manufacturers to warrant impact attenuation performance to comply with the latest standards (ASTM F-1292-92) for a full five years in any weather condition.

Sof Surfaces: 800-263-2363

Just Wing It

WingWallTM climbing areas bring the fun of climbing to playgrounds. The independent climbing walls of 6 feet tall and 8 feet wide can be purchased and linked together as needed. Kids can climb up, over, across and around the maze for hours of fun and exercise. Each WingWallTM pivots on a central pole so staff can regularly swing them into new, locked positions, creating a whole fresh, new layout. The units feature galvanized construction and tamperproof hardware, built by Brewer's Ledge with more than 12 years of experience building all types of climbing walls.

Brewer's Ledge Inc.: 800-707-9616

Accessible Playgrounds

Childforms, a leader in playground innovations, offers a solution for accessibility into play areas. Its modular wheelchair/ADA-accessible ramp system provides access into play areas for all people and also works well for establishing traffic areas on your playground. The ramp is a cost-effective, easy-to-install system that, when used with Childforms Funtimbers, creates a total containment system for your safety surfacing.

Childforms: 800-447-3349

Easy Updates

Delta Play has developed the Tuff N TumbleTM, a new, highly durable and easy-to-install series of play systems that answers increased customer demand for playgrounds that are easy to update and maintain. Tuff N TumbleTM, combined with Delta Play's custom themes and other specialty products, provides a great mix of playability, durability and versatility. The play systems come with an optional five-year warranty and feature interchangeable panels that allow the easy addition of more Tuff N TumbleTM equipment. The innovative versatility means you can transform the play systems from one theme to another.

Delta Play Company: 604-940-6020

Age-Appropriate Play

Recreation Creations, Inc. offers its new line of age-appropriate play items in the company's 138-page, full-color catalog. Highlights include the multilevel Tri-Wing Flyer slide, popular theme structures like Megasauras dinosaur and Great Train Ride, and dozens of Play Daze and PlayPals activity centers with RCI's exclusive PlasTech recycled-plastic uprights. The catalog also features athletic and fitness equipment, as well as a line of site furnishings.

Recreation Creations Inc.: 800-766-9458