Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Things That Will Instantly Make You Feel Like a Kid Again

We can have some fun with this! Didn't see yours on the list? Let's keep it going.....post it in the comments!

 1.  Eating a graham cracker or vanilla wafer.

 2.  Sleeping outside under the stars.

 3.  Riding in the back of a pickup truck.

 4.  Jumping off the swing.

5.  Riding the grocery cart all the way to the car.

6.  Playing catch in the back yard.

7.  Making a paper airplane.

8.  Catching a firefly.

 9.  Holding a frog in your hands. 

10. Playing a board game.

11. Flying a kite.

12. Packing yourself a brown bag lunch.

13. Floating the river on an inner tube.

14. Eating ice cream in a cone.

15. Sticking your head out of the car...while sitting in the back seat!

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Firefighters Honored With Firetruck Themed Play Equipment

When I was a teenager growing up in Oregon, summer fire watch in the mountains near my home was a very important job!  An even more important job was to be the firefighter who risked their life to keep our communities safe from these disasters.  So when our manufacturer, BCI Burke, committed their resources to designing this realistic firetruck themed play equipment it seemed like a perfect fit for any community park, fire station or school. What a great way to honor the fireman and enable the children to imagine themselves in their fire gear, slide down the pole, climb the ladder and promote this valuable profession!  
Playground Professional magazine featured our firetruck in a past publication. Please visit their link for more information...

Monday, August 10, 2015

Buell Recreation is Celebrating Burke's 95 Year Anniversary - Savings up to 40% on the newest, coolest Burke built playgrounds!

Celebrating 95 Years With BCI Burke - Savings up to 40% Off

Exclusive 95 year Anniversary Sale! Help us celebrate 95 years of creating quality park and recreation equipment and save up to 40% on the NEWEST, COOLEST Burke built playgrounds. If your school, park or community is looking at purchasing new play equipment, NOW is the time to get in on these great savings from our manufacturer.  Click on the link above to see the full promotion and email Doug@buellrecreation.com today for a FREE quote.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Don't Sweat The Summer Heat With These Cool Playground Solutions

Summer Fun Without the Scorch
Shade and Shelter Solutions

Buell Recreation is happy to assist you with a variety of shade and shelter options to help beat the heat of summer! 

Shade covers provide cool, cost-effective protection from the sun and harmful UV rays, and are available for a variety of spaces and applications. From simple 10'x 10' structures to cover a daycare's sandbox, to large cantilever and tensioned structures, we will help you find the perfect solution for your shade requirements.

Our partner, Sun Ports, offers a wide range of custom and prefabricated options. They staff in-house experts for design, engineering, fabrication, project management, manufacturing and construction.  Click on the link below for an interactive Sun Ports brochure and watch the video presentation for more information on Sun Ports shade structures.  Call us at 800-266-1250 or email Doug@buellrecreation.com for more information.

NEW Products from BCI Burke

Verto Climbers

The NEW Verto climbers offer versatility for playground design and creative climbing options for kids! These unique climbers have one, two or three climbing sections and can be combined in various configurations for unlimited adventures! Use the Verto climbers to link play events, provide access to platforms or create a freestanding maze of climbers that encourages cognitive planning and requires strength and agility to maneuver from one spot to the next.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

BCI Burke Announces New Representation in Northern California

Buell Recreation has been named the exclusive BCI Burke representative for Northern California.

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FOND DU LAC, Wis. (PRWEB) May 06, 2015
BCI Burke, a leader in the playground, park and recreation industry, announced today that Buell Recreation has been named its exclusive representative for Northern California.
Doug Buell, principal of Buell Recreation, has more than 30 years of valuable experience in the parks and recreation industry and has represented Burke products in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah and Northern Nevada for six years. Buell is a family-owned business with a passion for parks, playgrounds and the outdoors. This passion drives them to help create safe and heathy environments for play.
“We are pleased to announce this expansion of territory for Buell Recreation,” said Michael Phelan, president and CEO of BCI Burke Company. “This is a very exciting time for us at Burke as we celebrate 95 years of manufacturing high quality and innovative products, backed by the very best customer service. The expanding team at Buell Recreation has done an outstanding job of representing our products in every aspect and I am confident that our customers in Northern California will appreciate their experience, innovation and professionalism,” he continued.
“We truly value our partnership with BCI Burke. They manufacture outstanding playground and recreation products and are very supportive of us,” said Buell. “We make a great team and we are very excited to help Burke create amazing play environments in Northern California,” he continued.
Celebrating 95 years in the playground industry, BCI Burke’s Reinventing PlayTM business focus showcases continual improvement and premium customer commitment. Since their inception in early 1920, Burke has been an avid champion of engaging kids and families in healthy, challenging and safe play. Visit http://www.bciburke.com or http://www.buellrecreation.com for more information.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Stretch Your Playground Budget and Get More With BCI Burke Better Built Playground Equipment Grant

Spring is the time of year we all look forward to...especially on the playground!  For those of you making plans for new playground equipment this spring, we are pleased to have the support of our manufacturer offering our clients ways to help stretch their budgets and get better equipment for their dollar. I have included those details below and the links you need to get your applications submitted.

BCI Burke is making it possible to get the playground of your dreams on a budget you can actually afford!  We understand the difficulties that schools, cities and playground providers are faced with in today's tough budget environment.  We also believe a big investment like a playground should last you a lifetime or even more. We are excited to announce that $1 million of in-kind grants are available so you can build your BETTER playspace by purchasing our industry-leading playgrounds.

Call Buell Recreation at 1-800-266-1250 for details.

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Great Giveaway

Every park, recreation department or camp that completes the survey will be automatically entered for a chance to win a Burke playground worth $14,380. This is your chance to leave your mark on your community. Must apply by May 15, 2015. Visit bciburke.com/prb for more details.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Playground Safety Brush-Up: Preventing Strangulation from Entanglements & Entrapment

We may be seeing the beginning signs of spring, easing out of our “caves” from the winter hibernation, but according to Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow, we’re in for a bit more hoodie and jacket weather. Now, we want kids outside, living it up on the playgrounds as much as possible, however parents, play supervisors and equipment care takers need to brush up on their safety skills to keep everyone playing safe. Don’t let something simple, like a cozy hoodie, spell disaster on your playground.

Here are some not-so-fun facts from Safe Kids WORLDWIDE. Playground injuries are the leading cause of injury to children in childcare and ages 5-14 in schools. Strangulation resulting from entanglement and entrapment is the primary cause of playground related equipment-related fatalities, accounting for nearly 56% of deaths. The upside here is these kind of accidents are very preventable through, education, awareness, supervision and maintenance.

Let’s start with a little basic terminology. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) defines Entanglement as, “A condition in which the user’s clothes or something around the neck becomes entwined on a component of playground equipment.” Entrapment is, “Any condition that impedes withdrawal of a body or body part that has penetrated an opening.” Now that we know what we want to prevent, let’s talk about how.

Entanglements are most commonly caused by a hoodie string, necklace, scarf or lanyard getting caught in a gap or by a protruding element on or near a slide or moving piece of equipment. The first course of action is to educate children and parents that having anything that can get caught or tighten around the neck is a potential safety hazard and should be removed before play time. But I’m cold?! If you can’t remove the hood from a jacket be sure not to tie the ends of your two hoodie strings together, that way if one end gets caught, it has the potential to pull all the way through. When purchasing coats, look for snap or Velcro options that will give and release. To prevent entrapments, take off those bike helmets as soon as you get to the playground. Openings in current equipment are designed based on anthropometric data, which doesn’t account for “after-market” accessories, which they are not born with, such as a helmet. Very doable, right?

The second, and perhaps most important, part of prevention is maintenance. It is the responsibility of the playground owner to maintain their equipment, ensure that it meets safety guidelines, is in working order and does not present immediate hazards to its users. Ideally, a public playground would be inspected annually by a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI), in addition to routine maintenance audits, but at the very least, guardians should know some key things to look for.

I highly recommend the CPSC’s ‘Handbook for Playground Safety’. It is offered as a free download on their website and is an excellent resource for comprehensive safety requirements. Here are some quick and dirty hazard basics to consider, in the meantime. Equipment manufactured after 1995 should meet all entrapment guidelines for openings, if properly maintained and installed. However, if a playground is older and has not been retrofitted, assume it is not in compliance and use caution. If an elevated opening is larger than 3.5” and less than 9” in width it could be an entrapment hazard. Areas near slides or movement pieces, like spinners or swings, should be thoroughly checked for small gaps of protrusions where clothing could get caught, causing an entanglement. If you spot something you think is a hazard, try to let the owner or person in charge of maintenance know of your concern. That way they can address it immediately or close that piece off, if necessary.

The third key to prevention is supervision. Social media is great, what’s even better is real live socialization on the playground! Put away your electronics and actually enjoy your kids playing, or better yet join in! Remember, those play years go fast, and it won’t be long until they’re asking for the keys to your car. At the very least you should keep a very active eye on them. If an accident does occur, every second counts when it comes to responding. Also, know the rules. Most newer playgrounds come with warning signage and or stickers. Read these and make sure that you are using the space as advised. If a piece of equipment is labeled 5-12, it was not designed for your 3 year-old and is not safe for them to use. For playground supervisors, have a game plan in place. The manufacturer, BCI Burke, even offers official playground supervision kits from The National Program for Playground Safety with their new playgrounds. This includes a simple guidebook and basic tools to easily help teachers and supervisors be prepared for playground duty.

After all this serious business, don’t forget play is meant to be fun! We don’t ever want to scare people away from the playground and back to their glowing screens. The goal here is to take a few steps to prevent senseless, unnecessary, life changing accidents. With open eyes, a little knowledge and effort, we help create safe, challenging environments for children to grow and play!

About BCI Burke:   BCI Burke has been creating playgrounds since the early 1920’s and is a premier manufacturer of commercial playground, park and recreation equipment.  The Burke Reinventing Play ™ business philosophy focuses on continual improvement and exceptional customer commitment, as well as creating the highest quality playground, park and recreation products, backed by the best warranty in the industry. For more information visit www.bciburke.com or www.buellrecreation.com.

Information provided by Jamie Hendrickson, Buell Recreation  Park and Playground Products, LLC- Regional Sales Manager, LEED® A.P. , CPSI and proud sponsor of OSSOA.


Safe Kids Worldwide- http://www.safekids.org/

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Grant Opportunities

Whether you are looking for a resource to fund a playground or just looking for the opportunity to give to someone who is,  KaBOOM! is a great place to look!

"KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. We create great places to play, inspire communities to promote and support play, and work to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy lives and communities."  

BCI Burke has a partnership with KaBOOM!  Give us a call once you have your grant approved and we will help you design the dream playground that your kids can't wait to play on!