Playworld showcases its nature-inspired playground product lines at 2011 NRPA Congress and Exposition (booth #1913)

Company Focuses on All Things Green at Annual Conference

LEWISBURG, PA (November 1, 2011) – Playworld, a leading manufacturer of imaginative playground and fitness equipment, today announced it will showcase its new nature Origins line and Nature Themed playground equipment, at the 2011 NRPA Congress and Exposition in Atlanta.

“The products highlighted in our booth connect children to nature in a unique and compelling way,” said Matt Miller, chief executive officer of Playworld.  “NRPA is the ideal venue to ensure parks and recreation directors are aware of our latest innovations that spark children’s imaginations and encourage kids to reconnect with the natural environment.”   

On display will be Origins products, which feature play elements and site amenities that seamlessly blend active outdoor play with nature in an unprecedented way, and Nature Themed playgrounds, where outdoor elements are incorporated into every play activity. Both product lines bring nature onto the playground in an experiential and tangible way.

Highlights of nature focused products:

·        Origins Natural Playgrounds: Encourages children to reconnect with nature through traditional and non-traditional play.  Studies show that playtime in a natural setting stimulates all aspects of childhood development, from coordination and balance to problem-solving.  By blurring the line between nature and a structured play environment, an Origins natural playground gives children the joy of exploring and self-discovery in a safe place.

·       Origins GardenScapes™: Naturally inspired elements create immersive learning opportunities about plants and the planet throughout the playspace. Many of the GardenScapes items incorporate mesh “socks” that keep compost and plants neatly and easily contained. Unique in the industry, Garden Gates provide verdant arched entryways to the playspace, park or garden. Children can retreat to the Garden House to socialize and pretend while learning about horticulture and caring for a garden. Garden Arches, Beds and Benches are also part of the line.

·       Origins Boulders: Help kids build essential coordination, balance, and agility skills. Made with patented PolyFiberCrete®, all Boulders have a durable, nonslip surface that looks and feels like real rock. Available in natural color tones and a variety of sizes and shapes, including Boulder Creek, which incorporates water.

Nature Themed Playgrounds: Offering a variety of design options, Playworld System’s themed products focus on imaginative play, where kids can reach their highest potential. With the Nature Themed playground equipment, children have free reign to take risks and explore roles in the safety of their own imagination. They can pretend to climb the trees like Tarzan or be an outdoor adventurer like Huckleberry Finn.

Playworld’ focus on all things green was demonstrated when the company made history as the first and only playground manufacturer to earn the notable Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM Basic stature for its products. Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM is a rigorous and comprehensive environmental certification system administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation InstituteTM that evaluates products and materials for their impact on human health and environmental health, and design for future life cycles.  Playworld has invested significant resources to measurably reduce its carbon footprint, from eliminating 99.999 percent of PVC from its products to enhancing its waste management and recycling programs.