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Attn: Valued GameTime Customers:

The purpose of this correspondence is to notify you of a transition regarding the representation of GameTime products in the provinces of Ontario and Manitoba.

Crozier Enterprises Ltd., your current GameTime representative, has decided to close its Play! by Crozier division to allow it to focus on its larger Landmark by Crozier, TWSI and RockCraft divisions.

Effective December 1, 2015, Crozier Enterprises Ltd. has transitioned the sales and support of GameTime products over to Park N Play Design Co. Ltd.

Crozier Enterprises Ltd. will be working with Park N Play Design Co. Ltd. to make sure any and all open quotes and designed/committed projects through 2017 are honoured and completed as planned with no interruptions in service.

Park N Play Design Co. Ltd. has been a long standing distributor of GameTime products in the Alberta and Saskatchewan markets since 2002. Park N Play Design Co. Ltd.'s team has over 52 years of combined industry experience and has a stellar reputation for designing award winning play environments.

Park N Play Design Co. Ltd. plan to have local offices in Toronto and Winnipeg staffed with experienced play professionals up and running by January 1, 2016. We will also continue to work with the existing certified GameTime installers in the local area to provide turnkey service and support.

Crozier Enterprises Ltd., Park N Play Design Co. Ltd. and GameTime are dedicated to providing a seamless transition. We appreciate your past patronage of GameTime products and look forward to serve you in the future. For all inquiries, tenders or service questions, please call Park N Play Design Co. Ltd. at 1.866.551.8188.

Sincerely,

Iain Crozier, Vice President
Crozier Enterprises Ltd. 

Robert V. Barron, Senior V.P. of Sales
GameTime

Michelle Clark, President
Park N Play Design Co. Ltd.

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Children enjoy nature-inspired custom themed playground

Think back to some of your fondest childhood memories involving nature play. Do you remember your excitement and laughter as you built your first tree house, splashed in the creek, dug dirt holes and swung on branches?

Now you can bring nature to the playground, thanks to PlayWorx, the custom themed play line from GameTime. PlayWorx is setting imaginations free and changing the way children see play. If you can dream it, we can build it.

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Get the revolutionary Expression Swing for under $1,400!   

In the spirit of Halloween fun, Play! by Crozier held a Spooktacular Giveaway! to win a GameTime Expression Swing, the industry’s first swing that allows parent and child to swing together. On October 30th, one lucky winner was chosen from the witches' hat filled with applicants. CONGRATS Marina from Ottawa!  

“We’re looking forward incorporate the Expression Swing into the design of the next park development in Findlay Creek Village. This unique swing is a fun way to encourage interaction and bonding between parents and their children - we’re excited to see it at work in the park!", said Marina. 

Thank you everyone who entered the draw! It's not too late for you to get an Expression Swing for your community- we are offering them for an affordable price of under $1,400! (Swing bay sold separately).

Gone are the days of pushing your toddler on a swing and all you get to see is their back. Imagine seeing every reaction, and them seeing yours! If you aren’t one of the 4 million people that viewed it on Facebook, watch the video below to see what you’ve been missing!

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Article: Outdoor Preschools Bring Affordable Education to Parks  

Preschool settings are shifting from indoor classrooms to outside at local parks. The open-air setting increases children's engagement in nature and also provides parents with an affordable preschool alternative. Run by city park departments, privately, and by organizations such as Tiny Trees, outdoor preschools provide a new experience for children to progress in education as well as advocate for healthy lifestyles.

Read more about this new wave of outdoor schooling from the article Outdoor Preschools Bring Affordable Education to Parks!

Play! by Crozier offers outdoor play equipment for the little ones to encourage imagination, creativity and social and cognitive development. See our full line HERE!

SOURCE: SHARABLE article by Cat Johnson.

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School replaces aging play structure with help from grant funds!  

COBDEN, ON: A decade-long idea to replace an aging playground structure at Cobden District Public School has finally come to fruition, thanks to ongoing fundraising efforts and some help from Play! by Crozier's School Grant Program.

The primary school bid adieu to the old, failing wooden kindergarten playground, in favour of a bright, fun and safe GameTime playground that promotes interactive play. See the before and after below!

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GameTime releases 2016 Trends Guide in Outdoor Recreation  

GameTime, North America's largest manufacturer of playground equipment, has been leading the way in creating new and exciting play opportunities since 1929. With more resources available than their competitors, GameTime is constantly developing new research programs to better understand how children play and to continuously evolve their play environments. 

Part of GameTime’s ongoing commitment to enriching childhood through play is to identify key trends in outdoor recreation. They’ve hit the mark with the 2016 Trends Guide, which outlines the Top 10 Trends in Play! The 2016 Trends Guide is the result of dozens of interviews with park and recreations directors across the country, as well as with parents, children and other community stakeholders.

As the proud supplier for GameTime in Manitoba, Ontario, NWT, Nunavut and the Maritimes, Play! by Crozier is happy to keep you informed with the latest trends in outdoor recreation by offering the 2016 Trends Guide to you FREE of charge!

Play Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

JoyHappinessHealth…All these and many more are Play by Crozier!’s wishes for you this Thanksgiving weekend!

Parents- need some easy, kid-friendly Thanksgiving craft ideas for your young ones? Check out these activities! 

Wishing you a wonderful holiday with your family and loved ones! Give thanks!

Please note the Play! by Crozier office will be closed on Monday, October 12th and will reopen on Tuesday, October 13th. We will respond to all messages as soon as possible upon our return.

Play Grant 2015

$500k in funding avaiable to help build perfect school playgrounds!  

Back by popular demand, Play! by Crozier is launching its 2nd annual Play! School Grant Program, with half a million dollars in grant funding available to help Canadian schools build the playground of their dreams.

Playtime is usually the favourite part of a child’s school day, and a well-designed playground is where children begin to develop social skills and it is where they learn valuable lessons about trust, teamwork and following the rules,” said Iain Crozier, Vice President at Play! by Crozier. “Through our grant program, we were able to make this essential childhood element a reality for many schools. We are eager to continue offer this amazing opportunity for the 2nd year in a row, and know many well-deserving schools will benefit from the support.”

On now until October 30th, Play! is offering up to $500,000 in grants to schools across Manitoba, Ontario, NWT, Nunavut and the Maritimes for the purchase of playground equipment. If chosen, Play! will match up to 33% on every dollar of your allotted playground budget to ensure you get the perfect play space for your school. Funding is given on a first come basis, so it is recommended to apply now as funds will go fast!

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Are you interested in a fulfilling career in the playground industry working with municipalities, schools, landscape architects and general contractors?

Crozier Enterprises Ltd. is seeking a highly motivated, experienced and enthusiastic salesperson to join the Play! team as a Sales Associate for Eastern Ontario.

Core Responsibilities:

The core responsibilities of the Play! Sales Associate include, but are not limited to:

Ledbury Park Ribbon Cutting

TORONTO - September has been an exciting month for Toronto’s Ledbury Park Elementary and Middle School, as they kicked off another school year and celebrated a major milestone with the grand opening of the school’s new playground. 

A crowd of students, families and community supporters cheered on during September 17th ribbon cutting ceremony, as special guests City of Toronto Councillor Christin Carmichael Greb, TDSB Superintendent Peter Chang and Trustee Jennifer Arp, Vice Principal Mrs. Sarkissian and the Playscape Redevelopment Committee – Marcel Weider, Sherri Glassberg, Kyle Greenspan and Jeremy Jacobs, proudly declared the playground officially open.

It took 2.5 years to bring the Ledbury School Playscape Project to life. Even with a sizeable grant from the TDSB, there was still a shortfall. Thanks to the success of the Playscape Redevelopment Committee’s brick-by-brick campaign, the remaining funds were raised in less than one school year.

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Enter to win the revolutionary Expression Swing for your community!  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

By now, you’ve probably heard of GameTime’s Expression Swing, the industry’s first swing that allows parent and child to swing together. If you aren’t one of the 4 million people that viewed it on Facebook, watch the video below to see what you’ve been missing!

This revolutionary swing that promotes intergenerational play as adults and children swing together, face to face, has created such a buzz in the U.S. that communities everywhere are installing a swing of their very own.

Now it’s Canada’s turn to see play in a whole new way! As the exclusive GameTime representative for all of Manitoba, Ontario, NWT, Nunavut and the Maritimes, Play! by Crozier is busy installing Expression Swings in local parks and playgrounds. 

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Viva Las Boulder!

RockCraft Designs is heading to Vegas September 15-17th to exhibit at the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference. Stop by Booth #2439 and climb the boulder! If you can make it all the way around you will receive a special edition “I Rock” T-shirt. (while quantities last ) As you can see from a previous conference (pictured above), everyone loves to test their strengths and have fun on the boulders!

This year, RockCraft will be showcasing the Approach boulder that is specially designed to be accessible for all and for ages 2-5, and for the first time we will be introducing the new Traverse boulder line. On display will be the largest of the three pieces. These boulders are specially designed to be used as linking pieces and to create a boulder field within the playground. They promote additional nature play, balance and coordination, and the imagination of all its users.

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The Play! by Crozier team is proud to be sponsoring the Closest to the Pin Contest for Ontario Park Association’s (OPA)’s 6th Annual OPA Equipment Education Golf Forum this Friday, September 11th at the beautiful Legends on the Niagara.

Marketing Manager Leah Robinson will be there to help keep score and to hand out treats from the Play! Mobile alongside mascot Lindsey the Ladybug.

Play! by Crozier team members will also be participating in a round of golf during the event. Click here for more information on the OPA’s Golf Day. If you would like to arrange a specific time to chat with us during the event, visit our contact page.

We hope to see you on the course in Niagara this Friday!

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No need to set the alarm for early morning wake up Monday, since its Labour Day! Enjoy your day-off, and don’t forget to play!

If you’re looking to take the kids to a fun and inclusive playground, check our PLAYGROUND GALLERY to find one near you!

No matter where you find yourself this Labour Day, take some time to think about Canada’s labour pioneers. Read the HISTORY on how Labour Day came to be in Canada. 

Please note: Play! by Crozier will be closed on Monday, September 7th, 2015. We will respond to all messages as soon as possible upon our return.

Enjoy!

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Communities Get Healthy & Have Fun with Challenge Course! 

As obesity in Canada continues to be a growing concern, the challenge of finding new ways to inspire ALL ages to be more active remains. Young children get their daily dose of exercise on the playground, while adults head to the gym or stay outdoors on a GameTime GTfit Adult Fitness Park to stay fit.

But what about the older children? You know, the teenagers with their heads buried in their phones and little (or no) motivation to get moving. Physical inactivity among youth is a major problem, but GameTime, a pioneer in the commercial playground and outdoor fitness industry since 1929, believes they have a solution with Challenge Course by GameTime.

Challenge Course is GameTime’s exclusive response to the fastest-growing segment of outdoor recreation: challenge and obstacle races. Instead of watching American Ninja Warrior (a widely popular sports entertainment show where contestants compete obstacle courses) behind electric devices, Challenge Course encourages people to get out and compete themselves.

See how Challenge Course brings the American Ninja Warrior experience home!

Why Challenge Course?

It’s the perfect way to encourage multi-generational fitness and recreations. It hits on our competitiveness at the right level- kids want to beat their time – so they will come back to use the equipment again and again. Meet. Compete. Repeat.

Meet. A place that connects people of all ages to socialize with family and friends.

Compete. Encourage active lifestyles for all ages and ability levels, and reverse the obesity epidemic.

Repeat. Increase park utilization, maximize green spaces by creating a destination people come back to again and again.

Change Your World with Challenge Course:

Product Overview:

Challenge Course is offered in Pro configurations for parks and green spaces to appeal to older children and adults (ages 13+), as well as in school-friendly Youth configurations that are compliant with standards for playground equipment.

See all six Challenge Course models and pictures ! Download a copy of the new Challenge Course brochure HERE!

Accept the Challenge!

As the official supplier for GameTime in Manitoba, Ontario, NWT, Nunavut and the Maritimes, Play! by Crozier is happy to help you bring a Challenge Course to your community!

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Magazine showcases CSLA award-winning park in Kingston  

A design overhaul on Kingston’s Lake Ontario Park featuring an exciting, accessible playground from Play! by Crozier is showcased in the Summer 2015 (Issue 30) of Ground Magazine for receiving an award by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA)

The Lake Ontario Park Revitalization Project was a recipient of a regional citation as part of CSLA’s 2015 Awards of Excellence, given to honour distinctive designs that illustrate the range of what landscape architects do.

OALA Golf Day

Play! by Crozier’s Ken Crozier, Iain Crozier and Rob Walkowiak, along with Landmark by Crozier’s Brian Bekkers are heading to the greens this Friday, August 14th in support of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects’ (OALA) 13th Annual Golf Day at the Royal Ontario Golf Club  in Milton, ON. 

The team will not only be participating in a round of golf, but will also be sponsoring the ‘Men's Closest to the Pin’ event. Added bonus- spot the Play! Mobile (seen below at a recent golf event) on the course and get a cold refreshment and a photo with Play! Mascot Lindsey the Ladybug.

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Proceeds from OALA events support the Universities of Toronto and Guelph Endowment Funds. Click Here for more information on the OALA’s Golf Day. If you would like to schedule a time to chat with one of our team members, please Contact Us.

See you Friday at tee time!

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RockCraft Boulders offer Climbing Fun for All Ages 

It goes without saying that climbing is a kind of play that comes naturally to children. Every parent and teacher knows that children will climb even before they can walk; attempting to scale the walls of their playpen or crib is virtually every child’s first challenge. Testing limits is an important part of a child’s development and climbing is an excellent means for children to expand their mental and physical limits.

As children age, there's still opportunities to incorporate the fun and challenge of climbing through bouldering. Bouldering has the adventure of rock climbing without the need for training or safety equipment being only a few feet off the ground. Over the years, rock bouldering has become a popular addition to parks and playgrounds, combining fun with new experiences and fitness.

Civic Holiday- Play

Whether you call it Civic Holiday, Provincial Day, August Holiday, Simcoe Day or no name at all, Play! by Crozier hopes you enjoy your long weekend!

Please note that the Play! by Crozier office will be closed on Monday, August 3rd, 2015 to celebrate this Civic Holiday. We will respond to all messages as soon as possible upon our return.

Want to get the most out of a long weekend? Follow these simple steps HERE.

Happy Civic Holiday!

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30 Under 30 Summer Playground Sale On Now! 

GameTime’s Sizzling Summer Savings are on now! Through August 14th, 2015, GameTime is discounting 30 of their most popular play systems for the 30 under 30 sale

Browse through the line of eligible PowerScape, Primetime, Xscape and IONiX play systems HERE, all sold at under $30,000 US. As the official supplier for GameTime in Manitoba, Ontario, NWT, Nunavut and the Maritimes, Play! by Crozier is happy to make your park or playground the cool place to be this summer!

Call us at 1.866.624.9722 to secure pricing. We can provide photos and details on any units you are interested in.

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Moving Fitness Forward: Escape the gym with GTfit

RICHMOND HILL – Residents in Richmond Hill are considering swapping the gym for outdoor workouts surrounded by fresh air and nature, thanks to a newly installed GTfit outdoor fitness equipment at Rocking Horse Ranch.

After much anticipation, Rocking Horse Ranch opened the fitness park to the public June 10th, drawing in large crowds eager to celebrate the official opening and test out the new equipment.

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Just a heads up about our office hours for Canada Day. Play! by Crozier will be CLOSED on Wednesday July 1st, 2015 to celebrate Canada's 148th Birthday on Canada Day!

If you’re feeling patriotic, feel free to sing along to Canada’s national anthem ‘O Canada’.

We will respond to all messages as soon as possible upon our return.

Have a happy weekend, one and all.

 

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Group effort brings splash pad project to fruition

OTTERVILLE, ON - They say it takes a village to raise a child. In Otterville, it took a village to raise funds for a new splash pad, sure to keep local toddlers this summer.

Two years ago, the old wading pool next to the public pool at Otterville Park was unusable and an eyesore. Today, it has been replaced by a fun splash pad with interactive water features, which opened to the public June 20th.

All hands were on deck to raise the $70,000 required to bring the project to fruition. After receiving a Trillium Foundation grant for $30,000, local organizations such as the Otterville Optimist Club, Norwich Township, Friends of Otterville Park and Otterville fire fighters, raised the remaining funds by hosting several successful fundraisers (including the fire fighters’ wing ding event which drew in over 500 people).

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Residents flock to new GTfit fitness park

RICHMOND HILLRocking Horse Ranch held its official park opening celebrations in Richmond Hill June 10th, drawing in a large crowd of local residents and families eager to play and exercise. 

Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow and members of council kicked off the event with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by complimentary refreshments, entertainment and a variety of activities. When the park was deemed “open to the public”, older children and adults made a beeline towards the GTfit fitness area.

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Victoria Park playground featured in local news outlets 

KITCHENER - The wait is over, Victoria Park playground is officially open in time for summer!

Local children and community members joined City of Kitchener officials including Mayor Berry Vrbanovic in celebrating the newly installed playground during its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting June 1st.

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Expression Swing: Order the swing that has millions talking!  

Have you seen GameTime’s exclusive face-to-face Expression Swing that allows parents and their children to swing together? The video of the industry’s first playground swing that promotes intergenerational play has garnered nearly 4 million views on Facebook alone, and interest keeps increasing!

See what you’ve been missing:

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The Play! by Crozier team is proud to be participating and sponsoring Ontario Park Association’s (OPA)’s 2015 Dave Gower Memorial Golf Day. The team will tee off on June 5th at the Cambridge Golf Club in Cambridge, ON.

The festivities will begin on June 4th with the OPA AGM and a Meet & Greet social. Then it’s on the greens for the golf day June 5th, followed by a reception dinner, prizes and a silent auction.

Play! by Crozier is a Gold Sponsor of the event. Click HERE for more information on OPA’s Golf Day. If you would like to arrange a specific time to chat during the event, visit our contact page.

See you on the course in Cambridge!

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Visit us at the Manitoba Child Care Association’s 38th Annual “Honouring Childhood Through Play” Conference!

Play! by Crozier is excited to be one of only 25 exhibitors at the annual show, held May 21-23 at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg, MB. Stop by booth #8 to meet Play! Sales Associate Victoria Plett and learn about our fun and innovative Play! lines. The trade show is held in the Centennial Ballroom and runs from 7:30 am to 3 p.m. for all three days.

Victoria Day Play

Bring out the fireworks, it's Victoria Day Long Weekend! The Play! by Crozier team encourages you to enjoy your time off with loved ones and take in the festivities in your local community.

Please note that the office will be closed on Monday, May 18th, 2015 to celebrate Victoria Day. We will respond to all messages as soon as possible upon our return.

We hope you enjoy May long weekend! 

Water Odyssey

Incorporate Water & Nature Play at Conservation Areas

Exploring a Conservation Area to learn about nature has always been a popular field trip for kids of all grade levels. Although it's almost the end of the school year, there’s still plenty of opportunities to attract children and families to Conservation Centres throughout the summer months.

Consider combining nature exploration and water play this summer by adding a spray park to your Conservation Centre. Water Odyssey, a division of PlayCore and the leading designer and manufacturer of interactive water features, is offering an affordable water-fun to beat the heat this summer. Many local Conservation Authorities are choosing to replace old swimming ponds with spray parks built in natural wilderness surroundings to increase outdoor engagement. 

See the water fun for yourself!

Conserve Water + Save Money!

As the largest manufacturer of modular pumping and water treatment systems, Water Odyssey is committed to water recycling with its Hydro Launch Pod system. The compact Hydro Launch Pod houses the mechanical workings of a spray park and is unlike complex systems as it uses NO electricity and requires little maintenance, making it an ideal choice for budget sensitive projects and unsupervised facilities. Since the flow rate and flow duration is adjustable, you can choose to reduce the amount of water going to each feature to save on water usage. A tour of the spray park would make a perfect addition to a water safety program.

Nature Play + Education!

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We can’t forget about nature! For some kids, a trip to their local Conservation Authority can be the first time they develop a greater understanding and appreciation for nature. GameTime, North America's largest manufacturer of playground equipment (and also a division of PlayCore), offers a revolutionary collection of play products called “PlayTrails.

As children and families explore a trail, they encounter nature-themed play pockets that promote physical activity and fun, as well as educational signage with fun facts (see bugs and leaves examples below) that allow kids to discover fascinating facts about nature through observation. See the entire nature-inspired line HERE.

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Play! by Crozier, a division of Crozier Enterprises, is a proud distributor of Water Odyssey and GameTime’s leading-edge and innovative product lines. Contact your local Play! Sales Associate to find out how you can implement water & nature play at your Conservation Centre this summer!

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