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Catch our lecture or come by our Booth #609 at upcoming PRO Trade Show!

Parks and Recreation Ontario is celebrating 20 years with the 2015 PRO Educational Forum and Trade Show March 24-27 at Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, ON.

Play! by Crozier, a division of Crozier Enterprises focused on creating fun and inclusive playgrounds and spray pads where kids can learn and be active, is not only participating and exhibiting at this year’s special anniversary event, but are proudly hosting a lecture during the Educational Forum as well.

Play! is pleased to welcome guest lecturer Jennie Sumrell, Director of Education with PlayCore, the parent company of GameTime, North America's largest manufacturer of playground equipment and the renowned leader in play. A 15-year veteran in the field of childhood development with nearly 200 speaking engagements under her belt, Jennie will speak on Adult Fitness Parks: Promoting Community Health & Physical Activity.

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Be sure to come see the Play! Team at Booth #66!

Are you attending the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM)’s Municipal Officials Seminar and MTCML Trade Show?

If so, be sure to come see us at Booth #66!

Play! by Crozier, a division of Crozier Enterprises focused on creating fun and inclusive playgrounds and spray pads where kids can learn and be active, is proud to be participating and exhibiting at the annual trade show March 17 inside the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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PlayCore's Director of Education to Speak on the Value of Play

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In an ongoing effort to promote the value of play, Play! by Crozier, a division of Crozier Enterprises focused on creating fun and inclusive playgrounds and spray pads, is pleased to be hosting distinguished lectures at upcoming conferences across Ontario.

Play! welcomes PlayCore’s Director of Education Jennie Sumrell (above), a 15-year veteran in the field of childhood development with nearly 200 speaking engagements under her belt, as guest lecturer. Jennie will speak on insightful topics such as Adult Fitness Parks and How Investing in Outdoor Environments Results in Healthy Community Outcomes at the following venues:

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PARK NAME: Cresthaven Park (Find it HERE)

LOCATION: Intersection of Tournament Drive & Cresthaven Rd, Brampton ON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Play! by Crozier, a division of Crozier Enterprises focused on creating fun and inclusive playgrounds and spray pads where kids can learn and be active, recently completed an accessible community playground at Cresthaven Park in Brampton.

The new playground takes imaginations to the sea with its nautical theme, featuring interactive and fun GameTime components sure to keep kids happily engaged. 

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PARK NAME: Todd Edward Bayliss Park (Find it HERE)

LOCATION: Intersection of Hurontario & Sandalwood (entrance off Aurora Pl), Brampton ON

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Play! by Crozier, a division of Crozier Enterprises focused on creating fun and inclusive playgrounds and spray pads where kids can learn and be active, recently completed an accessible community playground at Todd Edward Bayliss Park in Brampton.

The new playground channels rural life with its farm theme, featuring interactive and fun GameTime components sure to keep kids happily engaged. 

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Connect with Play! and RockCraft at Recreation Connections Conference!

Play! by Crozier, a division of Crozier Enterprises offering creative and inclusive playgrounds and spray pads, is proud to be exhibiting at the 19th Annual Recreation Connections Manitoba Provincial Conference February 26th inside the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre in Winnipeg.

This year’s conference theme is “Recreation: Everywhere for Everyone.” Play! by Crozier Sales Associate Victoria Plett will be manning the Play! Booth #11 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, explaining how the Play! products offer fun recreation for children and communities across Canada.

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Play! by Crozier Sales Associate Rob Walkowiak is heading to the slopes in support of the annual Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) Ski Day, February 20th at Alpine Ski Club in Collingwood, ON.

In addition to enjoying a full day of skiing, Rob will also be discussing what’s new with Play!, the division of Crozier Enterprises focused on creating fun and inclusive play spaces, splash pads and sports goals. If you are attending and would like to set a time to chat with Rob, contact him HERE.

Proceeds from ski day are donated to support Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto and University of Guelph. Click the logo below for more information on the ski day.

See you on the mountain!

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“When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.”~Joyce Brothers

On behalf of our team at Play! by Crozier, we would like to wish you a Happy Family Day filled with joy and laughter with loved ones!

What is Family Day? Created to give people time to spend with their families, Family Day is only is only observed in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Two other provinces have holidays on the same day: In PEI, Islander Day (new since 2009) is celebrated and in Manitoba it’s Louis Riel Day.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, it comes down to quality time. If you are looking for a memorable family getaway in the Toronto area this long weekend, click HERE.

Please note that our office will be closed for the holiday on Monday, February 16th and will reopen the next business day. We will respond to all messages as soon as possible upon our return.

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IONiX: Outdoor Art Form inspired by Science

When it comes to creating exciting, accessible and imaginative playgrounds, the designers and engineers at GameTime, the leading manufacturer of commercial playground and outdoor fitness equipment, think outside the box. To create a new category of commercial play, GameTime leveraged nearly a century of play research, observed natural phenomena and consulted with thought leaders in the field of play science. The result: A modern work of art that enhances the beauty of any community. 

IONiX is an aesthetically pleasing outdoor art form and an exciting, ground-level play system that promotes active and creative play. IONiX is more than just beautiful! Keep reading to experience the art and science of play:

Modern Art: Architecturally inspired, IONiX is seen as a beautiful community art installation. Curved piping is combined with organic shapes to create a bold visual statement that mimics nature and blends in with the natural environment.

SEE FOR YOURSELF! Watch this incredible video HERE or flip through the images below:  

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Life Science: IONiX is a visual representation of the science of life. Just as nature is a continual cycle, so is play; IONiX play sculptures promotes looping play patterns that encourage longer periods of activity, improve decision-making skills and enhances cognitive development. Each shape and pattern represents design elements found in DNA.

Shadow Play: Vibrant, translucent panels capture sunlight and cast vivid, colourful shadows below. As children travel up, down, in and around the structure, the seven colours of the rainbow are dispersed throughout the play area, transforming an ordinary play surface into an extraordinary play activity that promotes sensory integration.

In the News: Check out this great article in Playground Magazine about the innovative use of color and modern materials in playgrounds (highlighting IONiX) HERE! 

To learn more about IONiX and discuss how your community can create a stunning public art installation that promotes active, outdoor play, contact a Play! Sales Associate HERE.

Download the IONiX brochure HERE

About GameTime: GameTime, a PlayCore company, has been a pioneer in the commercial playground and outdoor fitness industry since 1929 with a commitment to enriching childhood and communities through play. GameTime combines the vast wealth of research and intellectual resources of their parent company PlayCore with an unmatched distribution network to lead the industry with innovative products, programs and play environments that inspire imaginations and promote health and wellness for future generations.

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Visit the Play! Booth #413 at the Green Trade Expo

If you’re planning on attending Landscape Ontario’s 22nd annual Green Trade Expo February 11th inside the EY Centre in Ottawa, be sure to come see us!

Play! by Crozier Sales Associate Rob Walkowiak will be manning Booth #413, offering the latest information and industry news on playgrounds, splash pads, sports goals and site amenities. Joining Rob is Landmark by Crozier Manager/Sales Associate Brian Bekkers who will be speaking on Landmark’s high-end site furnishings and construction castings.

The expo, which runs from 9 am to 3 pm, features business-building, new products, and networking opportunities for Eastern Ontario & Western Quebec green industry & landscape professionals. We look forward to chatting with you to learn how we can enhance your landscape.

See you in Ottawa!

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Play! named 'Agency of the Year' at GameTime awards ceremony

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Play! by Crozier, a division of Crozier Enterprises focused on creating fun and inclusive playgrounds and spray pads where kids can learn and be active, is pleased to announce that it has been named Agency of the Year, as well as received multiple distinguished awards at the recent 2015 GameTime Sales Meeting Award Ceremony in St. Petersburg, Florida.

In addition to the coveted Dick Dominica Representative of the Year award, Play! also took home awards for Marketing Achievement and Outstanding Sales Performance in Playground Equipment during the ceremony, which recognizes the top achievements of GameTime representatives from across the World.

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Mansfield Ski Resort's Tube Slide offers unstructured play on the slopes

If you’ve spent any amount of time at a playground then you’ve seen that small children love to slide down slides. Now you can bring the twisting, turning fun to the slopes by adding a play area for little skiers to enjoy!

As more and more ski resorts look to increase the number of activities on the hill besides skiing, many are choosing to add fun, stimulating play products for children. Mansfield Ski Club, a ski resort near the village of Mansfield, Ontario, chose GameTime’s PowerScape Tube Slide (see above). This unique feature is located at the top of Hector’s Hallow ski hill (a multi-feature area geared towards young skiers), and gives kids a welcomed play break in between skiing.

See the tube slide fun HERE! 

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PowerScape Timbers: Modern & environmentally-friendly take on a childhood favourite

When we were growing up, a clubhouse was a sacred place to let imaginations run free and play in a world of your own making. Kids would build a clubhouse or fort out of almost anything- scrap lumber, branches or even blankets over chairs.

The designers at GameTime, a division of PlayCore and North America’s leading manufacturer of commercial playgrounds, custom play spaces and outdoor fitness equipment, have taken a modern twist on an old childhood favourite with PowerScape Timbers.

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Victoria Park playground featured in local news outlets 

KITCHENER - Excitement is building for the soon-to-be completed Victoria Park playground, and you can read all about it in local news outlets!

With installation nearing completion on the massive PowerScape nature-themed structure, local Ontario newspapers The Waterloo Region Record and Cambridge Times published an article announcing that the Play! playground is set to open this spring.

VIEW the full article with details and quotes on either online news sites below:

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NYE Play

Happy New Year from Play! by Crozier! 

We wish you a wonderful new year filled with abundance, joy and treasured moments. May 2015 be your best year yet!

Want to include the kids in the New Year's Eve fun? (Who says it's only for grown-ups!) Ring in the good times with the kiddos with 10 fun NYE ideas HERE! 

Please note Play!'s Holiday Office Hours:

Wednesday, December 31 – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 1 – CLOSED
Friday, January 2 – Regular Business Hours Resume

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

Have a beautiful, magical new year! 

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Wishing you the gifts of the season - Peace, Joy, Hope!

From all of us at Play! by Crozier, we wish you a happy holiday season and extend our sincere thanks for your loyalty and goodwill throughout the year.

We hope you enjoy the time off with family and loved ones. Here’s some ideas of fun things to do with the kids to keep the festive cheer throughout the season! See the list of 20 fun activities HERE!

Please note Play’s Holiday Office Hours:

Wednesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Day, CLOSED
Friday, December 26 – Boxing Day, CLOSED
Monday, December 29 – CLOSED
Tuesday, December 30 – CLOSED
Wednesday, December 31 – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 1 – CLOSED
Friday, January 2 – Regular Business Hours Resume

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

Way the magic and thrill of the holiday season stretch on!

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City of Windsor parks receive fun & accessible themed playgrounds

Children in the City of Windsor have five new places to play, thanks to the newly installed themed playgrounds at parks across the city.

Wigle Park, Kiwanis Park, Remington-Booster Park, Mic-Mac-Park and Ford Test Track playgrounds all received facelifts, just in time for the New Year. All five play structures, featuring GameTime playground equipment offered by Play! by Crozier, are accessible for children of all abilities and are uniquely designed to match each park’s environment.

The parks feature the following FUN themes:

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Water Odyssey provides 'winterizing' tips for closing down spray pads 

By now, most Canadians are already sporting double layered clothing, thermal snow boots and have equipped their cars with snow tires in preparation for the frigid months ahead.

While you may be ready for winter...is your community? Most outdoor facilities close down for the cold season; some requiring extra precautions to withstand the harsh weather conditions.

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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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Enjoy fresh air and exercise with GTfit outdoor fitness equipment for ages 50+

Experts claim that seniors should aim to be as active as possible. Studies show that older adults who stay physically active by exercising experience long-term health benefits. 

Incorporating a regular exercise routine can improve health for people with diseases and disabilities, as well as cognitive function. Exercising in nature has even more added benefits since it helps reduce stress and increase self-esteem.

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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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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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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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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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Schools: Build your perfect playground by applying for funding today!  

Playtime is usually the favourite part of a child’s school day. Outdoor play is a time for them to decompress and is vital for their fun and imagination as well as health and wellbeing. It is part of their ‘work/life balance’. A well-designed playground is often the first place that children begin to develop social skills and it is where they learn valuable lessons about trust, teamwork and following the rules.

For more than 30 years, Play! by Crozier, a leader in playgrounds, splash pads, sports goals and site amenities, has created fun and inclusive play spaces where kids can learn and be active. Knowing the importance of active play in schools, Play! by Crozier established the Play! School Grant Program to offer assistance in making this essential childhood element a reality.

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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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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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