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Experience the art and science of play with IONiX by GameTime

The exploration of art provides children opportunities to discover creativity, self-expression, emotions and innovation. Simply being able to appreciate the visual aesthetics around them is important to spark a child’s imagination.

GameTime, the leading manufacturer of commercial playground and outdoor fitness equipment, is offering art through a child’s eyes with the introduction of IONiX. With bold, modern styling and play features exclusive to GameTime, kids, parents and grandparents alike are praising the IONiX commercial playground line as a beautiful community art installation!

A team of GameTime designers and engineers leveraged nearly a century of play research to create this outdoor modern work of art, which provides an exciting, ground-level accesible play system to promote active and imaginative play. The sweeping lines and organic shapes create a bold and elegant centerpiece within a park. It’s also a visual representation of the science of life; with shapes and patterns representing the design elements found in DNA.  

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Stop by the RockCraft Booth # 111 at ASLA Expo!

RockCraft, the leading manufacturer of concrete climbing rocks for bouldering, is proud to be participating and exhibiting at the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)’s 2014 Annual Meeting & Expo November 22-23 inside the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

Be sure to drop by the RockCraft Booth # 111 (Locate on Floor Plan HERE) to meet RockCraft's North American Sales Coordinator Cathy Reid, who will be manning the booth from 9 am to 6 pm. Alongside Cathy is RockCraft & Crozier Enterprises President Ken Crozier, as well as RockCraft's Designer/Operations Manager David Burns. Cathy will be giving away FREE IROCK T-shirts (Seen above) to the first 200 visitors who can climb all the way around the Sandstone boulder.

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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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Remembrance Day- "Lest we forget" 

"In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.”
                                              -John McCrae

Today, on Remembrance Day, Play! by Crozier will be observing a minute of silence to honour those soldiers who fought for our freedom.

Each person has their own way of honouring this day. Some attend Remembrance Day ceremonies, while others proudly sport a poppy. Want to get the kids involved? Teach them about Remembrance Day and ignite their creativity at the same time with these crafty ideas HERE! 

We thank you for your service!

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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. 

Boost children's love for the outdoors with Pathways for Play

In today’s world, most children live in urban cities far from nature. As lot sizes continue to shrink – backyard green space becomes sparse. For some kids, a trip to their local conservation authority can be the first time they develop a greater understanding and appreciation for nature. 

While trails still exist in the suburbs, country and even in the city, only a small portion of children are making use of them. Numerous studies state that being in nature greatly improves physical and mental health, but how do we get children interested?

PlayCore, whose mission is to advance play through research, programs and partnerships, believes the best way for children to connect with their natural environment is to combine learning with play. PlayCore has teamed up with the Natural Learning Initiative to offer Pathways for Play: Best Practices Guidelines to integrate play - critical for children's health - into walkable, bikeable, shared use community pathway networks infused with "play pockets”.

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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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Join Play! by Crozier at the National Recreation and Park Association’s 2014 NRPA Congress, held October 14-16 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Please take some time to stop by our valued Play! suppliers’ booths to learn more about the products we carry. You can find them exhibiting at:

Booth # 2420 PlayCore (And all their brands)

Booth # 2618GameTime (Don’t miss the NRPA Opening Party hosted by GameTime)

Booth # 2615GT Fit by GameTime

Booth # 1015Water Odyssey

Booth # 4409Scoremaster

We’d love to meet you directly! Feel free to email Crozier Enterprises President Ken Crozier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or VP Iain Crozier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a specific time to chat or to have them show you around the different booths.

About the NRPA Congress: NRPA Congress is the premier annual event of the park and recreation community. The three-day conference brings together more than 7,000 park and recreation professionals, citizen advocates, and industry suppliers for amazing networking opportunities, hundreds of educational sessions, and the industry's largest trade show showcasing the products and services of nearly 400 exhibitors. For more information, click HERE

See you in Charlotte!

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