Fit and Fun

Little Tikes Commercial's latest version of N-R-G BuildersTM is now modular. N-R-G BuildersTM 2.0 is a modern play system that makes fitness fun by encouraging stretching, upper-body strength, unique movements and competitive spirit. N-R-G 2.0 introduces new patterns of play through Perch Alley, the Swoop Climber and a Floating Ball Maze. The overhead elements in combination with the web wall will be sure to easily satisfy kids ages 5 to 12.

Little Tikes Commercial: 800-325-8828

Green Play

Safeplay Systems custom-designs, manufactures and sells play structures made from recycled post-consumer HDPE plastic—milk jugs. A single EcoPlay® Playground keeps an average of 30,000 milk jugs out of the landfill. EcoPlay Playgrounds exemplify a philosophy of sustainable design for healthy living. Not only are the play structures made from recycled material, they can also be re-recycled and they contain no PVC, no fiberglass and no toxins of any kind. EcoPlay Playground structures require minimum maintenance, are impermeable to water, cannot be eaten by insects, never need painting or sealing, and won't splinter, crack, rust or degrade in any way.

Safeplay Systems: 800-260-7218

Intense Fitness

BCI Burke's fitness-oriented Intensity playgrounds have been such a hit that the company has retained two world-class experts on youth fitness to develop a course in how to get the maximum benefit from them. Burke's new Intensity Curriculum was developed by Donna Thompson, Ph.D., and Susan Hudson, Ph.D., both of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. The curriculum, designed for teachers and other individuals who supervise children in physical education classes and on playgrounds, provides step-by-step instructions for each Intensity event to help children achieve specific results. It has a suggested game for each event, as well as activities geared toward various fitness levels.

BCI Burke Company LLC: 800-266-1250

Step Right Up

Landscape Structures has introduced The PeakTM Natural Climber and The StepperTM Natural Climbing Stone. Designed specifically for beginning climbers, these versatile, natural elements can be integrated with PlayBoosterTM or PlayShaperTM play structures, featured as an independent play event, or grouped together in clusters. The Peak and The Stepper were designed specifically for the playground. They are created from Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) for the look and feel of natural rock. This super-sturdy material actually gets harder with age, and is made to last for decades of imaginative play.

Landscape Structures Inc.: 888-4FUNLSI

Play Online

Visit Play Mart's new Web site—new look, new product designs, same quality and environmentally friendly materials. An entirely new section, the "Green Zone," offers a wealth of information on how Play Mart is Recovering yesterday's plastics for today's playTM . Leading manufacturing of recycled plastic playground equipment, Play Mart's playgrounds contain 100 percent recycled plastic with a 100-year warranty. Contributes toward LEED projects. Low maintenance: no splinters, no chipping, no fading, graffiti removes easily, vandal-resistant stainless-steel hardware and metal components won't corrode or rust. ADA accessible.

Play Mart Inc.: 866-630-5178

Double the Fun

Bison has a double-sided Ultimate basketball system that will stand up to a lifetime of use—guaranteed—with a lifetime warranty. Bison's double-sided Ultimate package starts with a single massive 6-inch-square steel pole. Two arms allow backboards on opposite sides. Backboard options include steel or aluminum with graffiti-resistant, white powder-coated finishes. The goals have a double 5/8-inch solid rim and can handle a chain, nylon or web nets. Each side gives a full 5-foot setback between backboard and pole for player safety.

Bison Inc.: 800-247-7668

Play That Rocks

It doesn't take years of erosion to form a natural arch, just add RockScape and create a dramatic panorama. With natural slate textures and formed-in handholds, RockScape brings all the fun of rock climbing without the hard, sharp edges. Available in Granite and Sandstone, only RockScape lets you stack the individual pieces to create a variety of freestanding Rock Climbers. You can also connect them to your play system to create links between decks or climbing attachments at a variety of heights. Versatile and affordable, RockScape is the perfect choice for your playground.

GameTime: 800-235-2440

All for Fun

Childforms® introduced the new FunPlayTM line for 2009. Representing a great value in commercial equipment, the new 5-foot line offers unparalleled value for your playground structure needs. Featuring 5-inch posts, coated punched steel decks and staircases, interactive play panels and up to 72-inch deck heights, Childforms has something for everyone. When coupled with freestanding products, 12-inch or 8-inch high FuntimbersTM and ADA ramps, a complete Childforms® playground is the perfect solution for your upcoming playground projects. Packages offer even more savings.

Childforms: 800-447-3349