Playworld donates new PlaySimple™ and Vaquero equipment to community in Carrefour Haiti

Installation Latest in Playground Manufacturer’s Quest to Provide Access to Play in Remote Parts of the World

LEWISBURG, PA (July 7, 2011) – Playworld, a leading manufacturer of imaginative playground equipment, today announced its participation in a playground build in Carrefour, Haiti.  As a global business, the company has worked for decades to extend the value of play beyond U.S. borders.

In partnership with volunteers from Lifechurch of Allentown, Pa., Playworld donated and installed its new PlaySimple™ and Vaquero products near the Carrefour stadium where the Red Cross set up relief efforts after last year’s devastating earthquake.  The company also donated its Nature-theme Pup Tent Climber, which proved to be a big hit with the children in the community.  

“We believe that all the world needs play, and play is not a luxury,” said Ian Proud, research manager at Playworld.  “Now the children of Carrefour have a safe place to play for many years to come.”    

The new playground includes Playworld’ latest innovative products.  
PlaySimple features climbing, sliding and running – all play activities to build a child’s gross motor and socialization skills as well as agility, dexterity, body strength and self-confidence. The structures are ADA-compliant and many of the sets feature ground-level activities, which accommodate children with special needs.

Vaquero is among the latest in Playworld’ motion play equipment.  Children can sit, ride or stand on this bucking bronco.  The more kids move and pull the ropes, the more exhilarating the play experience.  

The Nature-theme Pup Tent Climber brings children’s imaginations to life.  
Sheltered spaces like this encourage imaginative play, and the exterior of the tent features several RockBlocks® handholds that allow for climbing. 

The playground installation is one of the many rebuilding efforts being coordinated by Lifechurch.  The organization has maintained a presence in Haiti since 2009, working with orphans and caring for the sick through its medical clinic.
In addition to Haiti, Playworld has provided playgrounds to villages in Ghana through its exclusive partnership with Empower Playgrounds, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides renewable energy to villages in Ghana through electricity-generating playground equipment and smart LED lanterns.

Editors Note: Please email Jennifer Leckstrom for additional high-res images of the new playground in Carrefour.  

About Playworld, Inc.
For 40 years, Playworld has been a leader in creating imaginative, customized commercial play and fitness equipment that positively impacts the health and well-being of communities around the globe. Based on the belief that The World Needs Play®, Playworld brings the joy and benefits of healthful outdoor play and exercise to people of every age and ability through such innovative product lines as ENERGI®, LifeTrail® Advanced Wellness System, Playworld®, PlayDesigns®, NEOS® and Origins™. The multi-generational, family-owned company continues to invest significant resources to measurably reduce its impact on the environment, from taking aggressive action to eliminate PVC to enhancing its waste management and recycling programs. In fact, Playworld is the first major U.S. playground manufacturer to remove 99.999 percent of PVC from its products. Playworld offers an optimal customer experience unique in the industry – from value-added services using Microsoft Tag to personalized attention through its vast network of local distributors.  

The Lewisburg, Pa.-based company has received numerous awards throughout its history, including two International Industrial Design Excellence Awards, a gold medal from International Design magazine, two News Directors’ Choice Awards on Early Childhood, and the Pennsylvania Governors’ Award for Safety Excellence. For more information, visit