Posts Tagged ‘Techniques’

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.

Make Playground Designs Exciting, Make Playground Designs Cost-Effective

June 28, 2010

You would be hard pressed to make a playground dull. By nature, these fun sites provide the place and the makeup for children to have a good time. However, there is always the risk of a playground being just average. Well don’t be average, choose to work with a company skilled at making these sites highly attractive, cutting-edge, and first class within the market. Choose Miracle Playsystems and you will be choosing a company that knows how to tailor each design to specific needs while keeping the products cost-effective and creative. Designs need to be exciting, but we understand they also need to be affordable.

In this tough budget climate, it is easy to settle for average. However, there is no need because Miracle Playsystems is willing to work with the funds you have to create an amazing playscape system that will more than adequately serve your community. The playgrounds we design are everywhere because they not only work, they thrive. People love the sites we build because they are functional, accessible, and stunning.

So how can we make designs exciting and cost-effective? Its simple, we work hard to keep costs down and we aren’t afraid of to ask our vendors to make the prices work. We want to build your playground so that you can rely on a durable, long lasting products that fit your individual needs. And trust us, we know you want a site that wows the people who see it. We know you want to build a playground that is amazing and attracts the people of your community to it on every summer day… a place where children come to let loose and adults come to enjoy the scenery. Chose Miracle and make your design exciting and cost-effective today.

Playgrounds Need Creative and Unique Ideas

June 17, 2010

The great thing about playgrounds is that they are set up to succeed from the start. What child wouldn’t want to take a slide ride or shoot back and forth on a swing set? This may be why designing and building playgrounds is so fun, they are just so well received by the community and children they serve. However, it is also important that they continue to be unique and creative so that the individual needs of the community are met and so that a place has a distinctive site to call their own. Here at Miracle Playsystems we really try to take each project and mold our designs around exactly what the client wants. We come up with many project specific ideas so that each project is unique and creative.

So what kinds of ideas are unique and creative? Well, color schemes should be designed to fit in the sit essence of a place. Blues and greens should be played with to form nature scenes and reds and yellow should combine to form a truly unforgettable site. Structures should be built to serve multiple purposes. For instance shade structures can be designed into a pirate ship theme to form the sails of the site. Actions such as this keep playgrounds interesting and functional as well. Of course you want to be as unique as possible, but the challenge is getting there.

To be truly unique you can’t just try to be unique. You have to fit the exact specifications of your project and the uniqueness with develop itself. Each client’s needs will be different on some level so by tailoring each design to those needs your design will be rather creative and individual, plus functional and appealing. Playgrounds need creative and unique ideas to stay interesting, but also so they fit the needs of a community, client, and area. And you know a playground is going to be fun!

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.

Turn Your Play Surface into a Playground Spectacle of Design Achievement

May 13, 2010

SpectraTurf is the answer to your surfacing dilemma. These first class surface systems are used in many locations and environments such as “parks, schools, childcare centers, quick serve restaurants, and playgrounds,” as their site says…and by the looks of the photo reel on their website, these surface builders know exactly what they are doing. These sites are built with either a poured-in-place or a tile system which allows for the maximum ability to work within the parameters of a specific site. And get this… they have these available in a ton of colors and applications and all are “highly weather resistant and provide customers with a virtually maintenance free playground surface.” Can it get any better?

It does. When you see the final product… all the eye catching design work… all the sweet shapes and professional craftsmanship, you will completely floored, and relieved that you chose to work with one truly great company in SpectraTurf. And you don’t even have to take ours or their word for it… A third-party lab test ensures that every last SpectraTurf meets the CPSC surfacing standard—a rigorous requirement that makes sure everything is safe and up to challenge of children.

So… how about a giant orange lizard designed into your playground turf? SpectraTurf can do it. How about a mix of blue, purple, and aqua marine shapes under foot of your new playscape masterpiece? SpectraTurf can do it. Or how about an entire ocean theme rocking away your boat themed playground? That’s right, you guessed it, SpectraTurf can do it. Let SpectraTurf take it away so you can be sure your playground’s surface is exactly how you envisioned it and maybe even a little better.

Maximize Your Playground Surface Performance with Sof’Solutions

May 11, 2010

Details make the difference in design.

Can you believe how far technology has come in the last few years? Its hard to believe not long ago we were tied to cords on phones and still using Maps instead of GPS or Mapquest. Well just like the rise of the cell phone, the new age of Playground surfacing has emerged… but not overnight. For 15 years Sof’Solutions Recreation Surfacing has been providing their clients with the maximum level of service, protection, and safety. Sof’Solutions has your surface solution for hard falls, indoor and outdoor areas, and all weather terrains. With products like Sof’Fall, Sof’Shield, Sof’Bounce, Sof’Path, and Sof’Splash, you know Sof’Solutions has the right way to meet any design criteria.

What if you could put your mind completely at ease…even if it was just about the makeup of your playground surface? Well, Sof’Solutions provides: consultation for their products, certification on all their installations, and will even give you the guidelines for future maintenance. So… sit back, relax, and enjoy that Orange Julius because Sof’Solution has made life easy for those in search of the perfect playground surface solution.

Moreover, every surface offered is IPEMA certified and also backed by the Sof’Solutions Play Protection Plan, “which means that [they] stand behind every product [they] offer and everyone who represents [them].” And we over here at Miracle stand behind Sof’Solutions because we have seen first hand the amazing work they do that stands out every time in terms of quality, design appeal, and safety performance.

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.

Its the Future Now with Miracle and Cutting Edge Products and Techology… Playground Building Techniques that are Unique and Creative

March 30, 2010

Miracle Playsystems is a playground design, customization, building group that works with the best lines in the business. One such company that Miracle Playsystems has a close relationship with is Miracle Recreation Equipment Company. This cutting edge playscape provider uses true 21st century technology to better the performance of all the products they offer so that you get the best in playground performance.

Get cost-effective, cutting edge, first class products with Miracle Playsystems.

Just a few state-of-the-art features include: Versa-lok Clamps-Versalok® II … a clamping systems that makes installation easier and connections more secure. Plus this hardened to the core clamp is made from up to 100% recycled aluminum allow and all fastening hardware is stainless steel and tamper resistant. Talk about hardcore… the Gator Grip- GATOR-GripTM, is another forward thinking feature that allows all the handrails and rungs to have extra gripping with a texture that is both tough and comfortable.

Quality is guaranteed here and products are sure to be durable, functional, and top of the line.

Also get Flo-Coat – Flo-Coat® steel tubing that is true space age technology, but specially designed for children’s playground equipment that allows products to be zinc galvanized inside and out for tough as titanium nails resistance to abrasions, scratches, salt, and the elements. Combine this with Mira Cote so that all metal components are finished with a durable, electrostatically applied, non-toxic, lead-free, polyester powder coating that’s available in 17 colors… that’s right, more colors than the rainbow!

Take playground performance to the next level with Miracle...

Last but not least, all decks, steps, ramps, and bridges are made with Mira-Therm, a proprietary brand of polyvinyl chloride containing UV stabilizers, color pigments, and flame retardants… made through a punched steel process, complete with folded edges that provide quick drainage from rain… and safe because the holes are too small for fingers.

With Miracle’s top notch materials, you are getting technology that works with you for a cost-effective, durable, cutting edge design.