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One week left to secure grant dollars towards your dream playground!

The deadline to apply to the Play! School Grant is fast approaching. Completed applications must be submitted by Monday, December 1st 2014.

Is your school in need of a new fun and inclusive playground or does your existing structure need a bit of a facelift? If funding is what is keeping you from creating your ideal play space, then Play! by Crozier has a solution!

Play! by Crozier, a leader in playgrounds, spray pads, sports goals and fitness, is offering up to $500,000 in grants to schools across Manitoba, Ontario, NWT, Nunavut and the Maritimes. If selected, Play! will match up to 33% on every dollar of your allotted playground budget to ensure you get more play products for your money.

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Only 1 month left for applications to the Play! School Grant

Want to create a fun and inclusive play space for your school that students will enjoy for years to come? There’s still time to apply to the Play! School Grant Program.

Deadline for applications: Monday, December 1st.

Play! by Crozier, a leader in playgrounds, splash pads, sports goals and site amenities, is offering up to $500,000 in grants to schools across Manitoba, Ontario, NWT, Nunavut and the Maritimes. If chosen, Play! will match up to 33% on every dollar of your allotted playground budget to ensure you get more play products for your money.

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NatureGrounds: Offering rich outdoor education during playtime 

Research reveals a strong relationship between daily exposure to nature and healthy mental and physical development. The problem – children and families aren't getting enough of it.

Author Richard Louv first coined the term "Nature-Deficit Disorder" in his book, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder”, where he describes the risks of being disconnected from nature. Some of the potential human costs are listed as: attention difficulties, obesity, lowered use of the senses and a weakened ecological literacy of the natural world. Thankfully, this can be reversed. 

Conservation Authorities play a pivotal role in environmental education by offering a place where people can explore the wonders of nature while learning about important environmental issues affecting our world today. Knowing that today’s youth represent the future in environmental decision-making, these nature centres continue to drum up fun ways to give children a greater understanding of nature. 

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Pathways for Play: Innovative way to bring play into nature

There’s nothing like getting outdoors for a refreshing walk in nature to de-stress and improve your health, both physically and mentally. When communities offer natural environments such as parks, trails and other green spaces, people are more likely to walk and be physically active.

According to Active Healthy Kids Canada, the amount of children enjoying the benefits of walking is on the decline. When it comes to walking to school, studies found that while 58 per cent of parents walked to school when they were young, only 28 per cent of their children do so today.

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Reconnect kids to nature by blending play equipment with landscape 

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? 

PlayCore, whose mission is to advance play through research, programs and partnerships, recognizes the multiple positive impacts that unstructured nature play has had on children generation by generation.

Increasingly packed schedules, the allure of electronic plugged-in play and a lack of unregulated green space are threatening the future of nature play. Thankfully, PlayCore has stepped in with a solution with NatureGrounds: Creating & Retrofitting Play Environments: Best Practice Guidelines.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Play leader adds to offerings with interactive fountain systems company

PlayCore Holdings, Inc. (PlayCore), a leading provider of play and recreation products and services, announced that they are acquiring Fountain People, Inc. and its aquatic playground division Water Odyssey.

Founded in 1987, Fountain People is a leading designer, manufacturer, and supplier of architectural and interactive fountain equipment and systems. Their Water Odyssey Division was established in 1996 to provide the market with the highest quality aquatic playground equipment available. As a result of the acquisition, Fountain People and Water Odyssey will become a part of PlayCore’s Aquatics Group. Day-to-day operations will continue from Fountain People’s office and manufacturing facility in San Marcos, TX.

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Does your playground meet the 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design?

“Beyond disability, there are abilities; beyond accessibility, there is inclusion.” - Keith Christensen, Faculty Fellow at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University

Studies show that youth with physical disabilities have a 4.5 times higher rate of physical inactivity compared to their peers. This statistic, combined with the U.S. Department of Education’s findings that 85 out of 1,000 children between the ages of 3 and 21 are living with one of the following disabilities: Physical, sensory, multiple disabilities, chronic health impairment, social/emotional, communication, cognitive; goes to show the importance of providing inclusive play.

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Add the finishing touch with Tuff Forms custom theming products

Tuff Forms by PlayTime is a fun, durable and compliant way to add a theme to your playground. Designed to complement GameTime’s Powerscape and Primetime play systems and the overall play environment, these versatile custom theming products provide the finishing touch to create a signature playscape.

Construct your very own imaginative outdoor play area by choosing from 32 exquisitely detailed and incredibly strong play sculptures including: climbers to enter the play system, links to connect with different sections and freestanding climbers and crawl tubes.

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Inspire imagination with PlayWorx custom themed play systems

Research shows that children learn best in environments where they are free to explore, discover and play. Dr. Joe L. Frost seconded this idea in his 1992 book Play and Playscapes where he stated that "play is the chief vehicle for the development of imagination and intelligence, language, social skills, and perceptual-motor abilities in infants and young children".

Another firm believer in play is GameTime, a division of PlayCore and North America’s leading manufacturer of commercial playgrounds, custom play spaces and outdoor fitness equipment. Enriching the lives of children and communities through play has been GameTime’s top priority since its inception in 1929. Today, they continue to bring people together through play and are changing the way children see the world through their PlayWorx custom play line.

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Child Care Centres: Secure your grant dollars before September 30th

Time is running out to apply to the Play! Grant Program. If you are a registered child care centre looking to create a fun and inclusive play space where kids can learn and be active, submit your application form to take the first step towards making your creative ideas a reality.

Recognizing that play is an essential part of early childhood education, Play! by Crozier a leader in playgrounds, splash pads, sports goals and site amenities, developed the Play! Grant Program offering up to $500,000 in grants to child care centres in Manitoba, Ontario, NWT, Nunavut and the Maritimes. The application deadline is September 30th, however funding is given on a first come basis, so it is recommended to apply now as funds are going fast!

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