Friday, April 1, 2016

A Success Story: Working With Buell Recreation

We have found that sharing our customer success stories can demonstrate how Buell Recreation can deliver in the real world, with real people.  We strive not just to build playgrounds, but build relationships....

Here is the story of Fammatre Elementary School...

"Working with Buell Recreation was a wonderful experience. We decided in October to put in a playground for our elementary school and we were told by our district that it had to be done either during the Christmas break or in the summer.  It had to be times when the children were not present. For several reasons, we needed it to be the earlier date of December.  

"To get information, designs, approvals, quotes and tie down all the necessary pieces of information would seem like an impossible task to do within the span of 12 would have been with any other company.  Rachel at Buell Recreation was so responsive.  Emails were answered in a timely manner. Quotes were complete and accurate. 

The help in "marketing materials" that provided the visual of the proposed purchase was a huge part of getting approvals quickly.  Rachel was even standing by her email when we were having our final "pick this", "tweak that", "what if we added that" meeting with the school administration.  Being able to get the immediate answers during the meeting meant approvals happened right away - no need to wait and then try to regroup the dispersed decision makers.  

Buell Recreation, Fammatre Elementary School playground
Fammatre Elementary School - San Jose, CA

"Buell treated us and our project like we were the only thing happening at their facility right then; which I am sure it wasn't.  Different people could look up information when our assigned salesperson was out to lunch or had already gone home for the day.  They were extremely knowledgeable and helpful every step of the way.

"Buell treated us and our project the same way that I hope my staff treats our customers. They were an excellent reminder of the value good customer service can bring to the table. We now have a beautiful new playground for our kids and a visual reminder to our parents why we work so hard on our fundraising efforts.  It could not have happened without the help of Buell Recreation."

- Elisa Spurlin,   Fammatre Home and School Club Treasurer

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April 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Playground and Outdoor Classroom

Playground AND Classroom
BCI Burke Is Reinventing the Outdoor Classroom

Discover a whole new way to learn and play with these elements incorporated into your playground design.  Click Here for BCI Burke's Outdoor Classroom

Fitness Play, Motion Play, Tactile & Auditory Play, Social Play, Early Play Centers, Ground Level Play Events and Imaginative Play. Provide a variety of separate areas for Shade, Rest and Age Appropriate Separate Play, Accessible Safety Surfacing, and Rest Areas. 

Let the professionals at Buell Recreation assist you in creating a custom playground design that fits the needs of your community.  Call 800-266-1250 or email for more information. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

How To Fund Your Playground

Grant Opportunities and PTO Fundraising Resources

There's no question your student body is in need of a new playground, but just how long will they have to wait to get it? This is a problem many schools and supporters are challenged with when it comes to funding a new playground.  Buell Recreation works closely with PTO's and school personnel in the planning process, fundraising support and beyond.  We specialize in creating playgrounds that are specific to your unique needs, safe and appropriate for any age group, fitness oriented, inclusive and fun!

We have put together a useful list of resources that are available and help to speed up the funding process.  See the article below for more information.

playground grants, play equipment resources, Northern California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah

Now available from BCI Burke, a complete and current database of Federal, State and Private Foundation grants available to schools and non-profit organizations including those with religious affiliations in the eight categories listed below: 
  • After-School
  • At-Risk/Character
  • Community Involvement/Volunteerism
  • Early Childhood
  • General Education
  • Health/PE
  • Family Services
  • Facilities/Maintenance


playground grants, play equipment resources, Northern California, Fundraising Buell Recreation
The Burke Funds for Fun® Play Kit Advantages:

  • Simplicity -- Easily organize your fundraiser, create documents and keep in touch with donors. 
  • Time Saving -- Use the Play Kit's fun and easy-to-use templates of essential documents. 
  • Availability -- Access your Play Kit information from any computer with Internet access 24/7!