Posts Tagged ‘Accessibility’

A Durable Playground Saves You Money

July 22, 2010

In these challenging budgetary times it is important to think about today’s costs as well as tomorrow’s. At Miracle we take pride in reducing costs by implementing durable, reliable equipment that needs little maintenance over time. We use heavy duty manufacturers and playground suppliers that have a long history in the business, so they know what it takes to get the job done right the first time. And don’t think these durable products are unattainable; we spend a great deal of time working with our product lines so that they are the best deals possible… so your project will be cost-effective in the long term and the short term.

The connections we use are secure and safe. The nuts, bolts, and rivets are steel and the equipment, as shown through design specs and experience, we receive from our suppliers are top-of-the-line. We look over our products so that we ensure we are giving clients equipment that won’t let them down. It would be unreasonable to say that issues don’t arise, such as extreme weather damage or vandalism, but we work with our clients to get these problems taken care of as fast as possible so that their sites are ready for use once again quickly. Offering spare parts is just the first part of making sure our clients are taken care of. We can also bring in the specialists that will get the job done right. These occasions are rare, but when they do happen, know that you have a solid backup plan.

To prevent unwanted damage from hazards such as vandalism, we offer security devices for your park or playground. These include the SONIC SCREEN Vandal Deterrent System from Miracle, a device that uses high frequency sounds to drive away young adults during high-crime night-time hours. This ready to install system, available for your new or existing site, is guaranteed to reduce vandalism by over 80%. In Europe, a similar system is being used and many times it has been shown to be 100% effective. Talk about reducing damages. So, go with durable, affordable products to start and if you think you need extra protections, let us know and we will hook you up with the best in the business in terms of easily attainable security equipment that will reduce your long term maintenance costs.

Hot Trends in Playground Design

June 21, 2010

The Mega Tower

Playground designs are fun, no doubt. However, take them to the next level with some hot, cutting-edge play equipment. Chose the features that look good, are relevant, and will serve a definite purpose. Some of the latest playground features on the market today are totally amazing and will take your playground design from zero to sixty in about as long as it takes to drop them in on your CAD system. These play features are the most stunning, aesthetic products out on the market today and are sure to impress your client. We are talking about the Orb-X climber, the clear rock wall, and the Mega Tower.

The Orb-X Climber

The Orb-X climber will make anyone take a second look, and then a third. Its futuristic design is simply incredible. Multiple bar systems come together to form a fantastic structure of fun. Children can climb up on it, swing around inside it, and scale around it. Kids will likely pretend its everything from a time machine to an underwater submarine. This model is just plain cool. See how it fits into your design concept…

The Clear Rock Wall

The clear rock wall is borderline unbelievable. It will make your clients say, “are you serious?” while they are grinning. The technology behind this playground feature is very advanced and unless you’re an engineer, a little hard to understand. Just know that the tech is ultra reliable, unique, and completely affordable. Take the time and check this one and only playground product out… it belongs in any design.

The Mega Tower is a playground giant, literally. This behemoth can stand a few stories high and is sure to attract visitors to you park from far and wide. You can’t miss this colorful and attractive playground centerpiece. Not only is it huge and accessible, it is also functional and acts as a build off point for your entire site. Start out with a Mega Tower and see where your design goes from there. We hope you liked these hot trends in playground design.

Design Playgrounds to Drive Your Business Forward

June 14, 2010

Here at Miracle Playsystems we undertake every project with a high level of dedication and value. We believe that playgrounds are extremely important to the communities they will eventually serve for ten years or more. For this reason we make sure every design fits the exact needs of our clients so that cost, durability, stunning looks, and speed all come together in the right way to form a highly successful project. We do our best to drive your business forward with cutting edge products, contemporary designs, and services that can’t be beat.

This is really the key, making sure very project drives your business forward. Just getting by isn’t an option in the market today because today you might just make it but tomorrow you will be left behind. Push the envelope with each design, production, and final product so that you continually achieve new milestones and in the process earn more work and attract more attention to yourself. When a potential client drives by your site, you want them to notice it and even think, “How can I get a playground design like that?” Its not hard to track down a designer once motivated to do so… so give them some motivation.

Be reliable and surround yourself with a reliable support system. There is nothing worse than being prepared to do the job and do it right then not being able to because your supporting cast has dropped the ball. Your overall success is dependant on many factors and to move forward you need people who want to move in the same direction as you. So, with each design project, take the right steps to make it cost-effective, highly aesthetic, functional, and fitting for the community. Do this and you will be designing to drive your business forward. Make it easy for yourself and work with Miracle Playsystems.

Fantastic Playground Curves Mean Elegance in Fun

June 10, 2010

Streamlined designs put on a show for the eye. Twisting turns and swooping lines can take a bland structure and make it extremely eye catching. With playgrounds, fantastic curves make for elegance in terms of aesthetics, but also promote fun, flow, and even safety. Playgrounds should help beautify a place such as a park, church, school, or community event center. When the right amount of curvy movement comes together with functionality and durability, a great thing happens, a playground is created that will improve the space its in while looking good.

In terms of flow, curves make for an aesthetic design most of the time. They dip down in smooth fashion and shoot upwards with grace. Rounded edges give off the feeling of endless lines… a feeling that will put visitors at ease. Speaking of rounded edges, these are also much more safe than sharp, 90 degree angles that point out in hazardous fashion. Rounded corners are also easier to move around and improve lines of sight. Meaning, children will run into each other less often because they will have more time to dodge each other.

Bottom line: curves look good and serve a very functional purpose. They add to the fun of a playground by making it easier to navigate around. Curves decrease the chance of injuries and improve the chance of walking away from a day of play without the bumps, bruises, and scrapes that can be associated with a full force day of playground fun. Designers, keep these functional curves in mind more often when designing a playground… and if you do it already, without even thinking, its probably because they look so good.

Design Secrets for Playground Success

June 7, 2010

Many design factors contribute to a successful playground project. When designing a playground, it is important to work through form, functionality, and cost often in order to keep with a client’s guidelines for the project from beginning to end. There are a few, simple design secrets that can really improve your project during the planning stages so that when it comes time to present your project to a client you know you will not have overlooked a few great details. These design secrets are basic, but many people won’t think about them until its too late… or too far into the game plan for changes to be possible… or too bad because the client went another direction.

The first design secret for playgrounds is to keep water in mind the entire time. For example, how much rain does the site get each year? A factor like this can help you decide on surfacing options, run-off support, and even which features are acceptable. If it rains a lot, porous playground decks are a must and a ton of slides may not be a good idea. If the playground is at the base of a hill, it will most likely receive a lot of runoff so a bark chip surface might end up costing a client a lot of money year after year to replace. By simply keeping water in mind they entire design period, a designer can impress their client by offering very functional design aspects.

The second design secret for playground success is the implementation of both shade structures and weather shelters. For early spring park activities, having both ends of the spectrum covered will ensure that your park visitors can enjoy themselves thoroughly rain or shine. Most areas have on or the other but the few that have both have the advantage of catering to people through the all of the elements, which keeps the park or playground popular, and popular sites get noticed. Take the time and figure out how you will include both shade and shelter and your park will be noticed by both your client and your community.

Fun Water Playgrounds to Keep You Cool All Summer

June 3, 2010

A fun water spray park goes as far in the summer as a humungous water balloon fight or a day at the lake complete with paddle boats and all. These destination sites are pretty much amazing and all enjoy their attractive water jets and alluring fountains. So gather round frog and flower sprayers alike and cool of with all your friends and family at the local water spray park today. If designing a new water spray park for your community, you may want to keep a few things in mind…

First, its fine to build in open fields but just make sure to include a shade structure so that patrons of the park have a retreat from the hot sun. Also, it is a good idea to have paved path ways up to the edge of the spray park from the parking lot because when wet it is easy to get dirty on the way back to the car…a simple design aspect such as this is exactly what will keep communities using your park all summer long. In terms of size, make sure the park is appropriate for the size of the community. Make the park too small and it will be overcrowded on especially hot days. Of course make it too large and it’s a waste of materials, resources, and the short and long term funds of your client.

A final design aspect to remember when designing a water spray park is the incorporation of benches, water fountains, trash receptacles, and other things of this nature… basically, don’t forget the supporting cast of the spray park. Children are the main attendees of the park, but adults will be right there too most likely watching and they will need places to sit—preferably in the shade—and relax. They will also need to throw away trash and get the occasional drink of water for themselves as well as their kids. Design the best water spray park possible and keep in mind that it’s the little details that make a big difference.

Unique, Creative Playscapes from Hags Playgrounds For All Ages of Children

April 26, 2010

These larger playgrounds, from Hags, boast tremendous design work at cost effective prices. Not only are these playgrounds unique and creative, they are also upgradable and customizable. You will want to check out these fun designs that are fit for all children… well, ages 2 to 12 that is.

The Eptix. Very Accessible.

Accessibility is crucial in terms of playground equipment. This key function will decrease playground congestion and in turn, will increase the amount of fun kids will be able to have at your site. The Eptix is great for this.

The Zapata. Extremely functional.

Are you looking for practicality as well as performance? Most are. With the Zapata you get both in a nice, colorful package. Take advantage of this terrific design and don’t hesitate to expand upon it.

The Murkal. A fun addition.

The Murkal will fit nicely into a corner of your playscape, providing a bonus feature that stands out by itself. Of course this design has no problem being the center of attention, especially for those younger age groups.

The Buridos. Amazing to the core.

The Buridos is complex, yes, but it is also fun to the last drop. With so much depth, this creative design is aesthetically pleasing at surface level and is functional, accessible, and active to its center. With the Burido you aren’t taking a chance, you are going with a sure thing.

The Igma. A tremendous centerpiece.

We mention playground centerpieces often here. Well, here is an excellent example of one. The Igma can stand its ground in the middle of your site, allowing you to build up around it. We recommend places features adjacent to its access points.

The Levander. A big player for a smaller location.

With the Levander we are talking the total package, just in a smaller box. This highly attractive design is perfect for a minimal school yard space, a church, a park, or a daycare center. With even a little bit of extra space we can make it work with the Levander.

Go with Hags and you will receive some of the best, most durable, attractive, and functional playground equipment around. These designs are creative, unique, large and mid-size, and will absolutely work with you.

Accent Your Park and Playground with Stylish Legacy Site Amenities

April 15, 2010

Legacy Site Amenities simply can’t be beat. Are you looking for style and class at affordable prices? Is your park in need of a face lift that will impress your patrons and offer them a fundamental park service? With Legacy you get the best of benches, bike racks, bollards, litter receptacles, picnic tables, planters, seating, tree guards, and other park necessities. Legacy offers “unparalleled quality and durability with cutting-edge, unique design,” as their site says and just take a look at their products and you will agree. They are sleek, cool, and fun all in the same package.

Sit down and enjoy a Legacy bench.

Take the 46” Heritage Square Portable Table, it has a painted frame that features an easy access design that lets people cozy on in at a moment’s notice. Getting out is no trouble either as it has “no hazardous leg extensions protruding past the seat edge.” This table is delightfully simple, yet it has complex thinking behind its design. Like its 11-gauge steel braces that have been welded to the underside in which increase the “tabletop rigidity.” Plus the sheer design of it increases its stability, durability, and mobility. What an amazing table…its cousin is pictured in the post, and boasts equally impressive specs.

Come around the table for a good old park side dinner.

Seriously, visit Miracleplaygroup.com and follow the links through products to see all that we have to offer and while on, take a look at the Legacy Site Amenities site so you can see for yourself the amazing craftsmanship and design behind this superior name. Plus here you can register to receive their catalog and check out all the awesome products that will improve your park. Next to any playground their needs to be water, benches, and trash cans so that the experience is complete and no detail is left unfinished.

News from a Playground Master, Miracle Recreation Company

April 1, 2010

Here at Miracle Playsystems we like to keep up on all the latest playground news, especially when its from Miracle Recreation Company…so here it is. Did you know last year Miracle Rec Company pledged “$250,000 to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children over the next three years, and [will] help cover lodging costs necessary to reunite family members upon the recovery of missing children,” in their ongoing effort to promote the total wellbeing of children? Its programs like this that really make the difference for a ton of families.

This feature is heavily used by the surrounding community; it is easy to see why... it is tall, unique, and offers one fast ride.

Miracle also released their new MiracleTech product line—the line in which the SONIC SCREEN came from—which includes ParkWatch®, a state-of-the-art infared security camera system that actually transmits its recordings via wireless connection for an all digital security approach…also introduced was the SiteBrite®, a patented lighting system that carries a low voltage touch. These technologies can be implemented into any new design or fitted onto an existing site… oh the power of technology.

Go further than the equipment to ensure long-term safety... implement technology such as the SONIC SCREEN.

And lastly, Miracle Rec Company went above and beyond back in 2008, and did not receive as much recognition as deserved. The playground company, for Grants for America’s Schools SM, offered $5,000,000 in money so that schools could apply for Commerical Play System Funds. This program is in support of the Benefits of Play as well as the new push to end childhood depression and obesity by encouraging physical, mental, and social gains through play. Miracle Rec has had a productive, worthwhile last couple of years it seems.

Take the already cutting-edge playground rock wall to the next level, features like these are what kids love and should get to use!

Accessibility Creates Playground Fun!

March 15, 2010

Imagine being able to see an unbelievable place, full of all the fun things you want to be doing, but the line to get there is so long that you fear you may never get there before you have to be somewhere else… where is this place for you? For a child it is often the playground. For this reason, it is crucial that you design and build many access points into a playground so that children can adequately access a playground without a huge amount of congestion and waiting. There is nothing worse than having to wait in line for the slide.

Step up to the plate and build great access points.

Accessibility also improves the safety of the playground by reducing congestion. Collisions are never a good thing, especially when the culprits are two children running at full speed. Moreover, the stress of the playground is reduced when it is less crowded, especially at the entry and exit points. And isn’t that the point of recess and playtime…to reduce stress and encourage a mentally, physically, and emotionally active, but free time. So, make sure you allow for an appropriate number of access points so that your playground is more, happy, healthy, and safe.

Climb up to better accessibility with the bubble climber.

Another factor that accessibility promotes is fun. And there are many parts of fun. There is the creative side, the active side, and the interpersonal, among others. Enter and exit the playground at many different levels and change it up every time, get creative. Slide down polls, shoot down slides, climb up walls, scale ladders, and tip toe on platforms, be really active about it. Race your friends, challenge your peers, share with your classmates, and get down to a personal level with those on the playground with you. Accessibility creates fun!

Its as easy as Connect Four to ensure great access points.