Church Sports & Recreation

City Road Chapel Extends Their Focus on Quality to Their Playground

  By Eric Torrey City Road Chapel United Methodist Church in Madison, Tennessee, started with the building of a house of worship in 1848. The church moved to a new location in 1872. After that building burned down in 1899, a new church was built at the present site. Since then, the church has continued

4 Questions You Should Ask When Choosing New Gym Flooring

  By Hayden Delia Purchasing and installing new gym flooring in your facility is a huge investment. Not only do you want to make sure your floor lasts, but you want to love the way it looks and performs. These four suggestions will help you properly prepare to ask the right questions about your new

Why Do You Need a Gym Floor Cover?

  A gymnasium floor is a major expense for any church, typically costing $50,000-$100,000. Athletes and coaches generally prefer maple hardwood flooring with a shock-absorbing subflooring. However, in addition to its initial cost, hardwood flooring requires regular cleaning and maintenance to retain its professional appearance. Gym floor manufacturers and refinishers recommend that you only allow

Church Playground Equipment & Ideas

  Churches play many important roles within a community. One of those roles is as a place for families to gather and spend quality time together. Given that churches often host people of all ages—from the very young to the very old—it’s important that their facilities are designed for such duty. To cater to the

Planning an Indoor Playground

  When you decide to create an indoor playground, you may be thrilled and ready to jump right into the process. It’s also perfectly normal to have a lot of questions. Questions are actually a great sign. They show you’re taking this investment seriously and planning ahead to create the best possible play space for

Growing Membership by Attracting Young Families

  By Eric Torrey Church attendance numbers in America are declining. According to Pew Research and Gallop Polls, it has been declining for several decades. This is particularly true for mid-size churches. A recent study noted that from the period 1994-2004, while the smallest churches (attendance 1-49) and the largest (2,000 plus attendees) experienced membership

Play Will Always Shape Us

Play has an invaluable role in encouraging child development. But play isn’t just one thing. It’s an invitation to explore, learn and grow. Play opens up a world of possibilities. Play—on a playground, in a soccer game or at an art studio—teaches kids how to not only exist together, but accept people of all ages,

How to Buy Gymnasium Flooring

By Amber Stromberg Gym flooring is key for a safe and efficient environment, so you need to find a flooring system that perfectly suits your needs and purposes. Gym flooring needs to be strong and durable (to support heavy equipment), must provide excellent resilience and shock-absorbance (to protect athletes and prevent injury), and should be

How to Find the Best Commercial Playground Equipment Manufacturer

By Grant Riley What does it take to create the most awesome playground in town? It takes the best commercial playground equipment. It seems like a no-brainer, right? Actually, finding the right equipment for your fun-filled playground can seem pretty daunting. This is especially true if you’re unsure of which manufacturer to choose. The principle

10 Facts About PVC and Playground Equipment

  This article originally appeared in the August 2009 issue. By Eric E. Torrey Eric E. Torrey is director of marketing for Safeplay Systems, www.safeplaysystems.com. Many playground manufacturers tout their product as being PVC-free. Others don’t. Either way, why is this even an issue to be considered by potential playground equipment purchasers? The fact of

Choosing Playground Equipment

As the experts put it, a playground should be a hub for kids to enhance their social, physical and emotional skills. Having an open playground in schools, in parks or in the community will help kids interact and with other kids building social connection. They also note that playground facilities develop children’s flexibility and motor

Sports and Rec Flooring: Our Best Tips!

1. Don’t forget about acoustics. The right floor can help minimize sound so that it doesn’t travel to other areas. Bouncing balls or running feet should not be heard all along the hallway. Check the number of decibels the floor can absorb. If you choose the wrong flooring, you could be dealing with an acoustical

Community-Built Playgrounds Give Hope to Underserved Youth

The addition of parks and play spaces can have a transformational effect on an entire community. For example, Eyes On Me, Inc., which serves the Brookshire, Texas, community and surrounding areas through their facility, The Hangar Unity Center, was awarded a grant by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! towards building a

The Benefits of Child's Play

When you think about the most important part of a child’s day, what comes to mind? Is it reading? Science? Math or history? What about outdoor play? Children will likely mention outdoor play as their favorite activity, and new research shows that this free time is actually a fundamental component to their future development and

The Ideal Choice for Recreational Flooring

Maple flooring has been the ideal choice for sports and athletic facilities for more than a century due to its strength, durability and beauty. It is also an excellent choice for multipurpose facilities that host more than sporting events. Maple’s versatility and aesthetic qualities make it a wise choice for elementary schools, middle and high

Choosing the Best Equipment for Your Church Playground

Spending time outdoors is a vital part of children’s physical and mental development, which is why choosing the best playground equipment for your church childcare program is essential. The equipment installed on your playground should encourage physical activity and should be accessible to children with special needs. Whether your playground project is replacing playground equipment

Creative Hardwood Flooring Considerations for Your Sports & Recreation Space

When a church invests in a new sports floor, two things are expected: the floor should offer quality improvements and enhance or complement the look and feel of the facility. The art of balancing an aesthetically pleasing facility while achieving maximum performance is easy when you specify a sports floor from a manufacturer that takes

Alongside Chooses ProGym Plan by Mateflex for New Gym Floor

Alongside Inc. – a counseling retreat ministry based in Richland, Michigan – provides renewal and growth programs for pastors and missionaries in need of such services. They offer a beautiful campus for clients to enjoy while on site. Always looking to better their programs, an expansion took place over the summer, as they decided to

Adult Recreation: Indoor Sports Flooring Options

There are numerous options for indoor sports flooring, with the most popular being modular athletic flooring, wood, and rolled sheet goods. While wood flooring is noted as top of the line, it does come with hefty installation, maintenance, and temperature controlled facilities, not to mention the need to strip and restore annually. Modular flooring is

Church Chooses Recycled Play Structure for Community Build

Based in Acworth, Georgia, Four Points Church was founded September 14, 2008. Their mission is to gain disciples and change the lives of people through spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They seek to do this through their four points: love, devotion, passion, and legacy. The church describes its worship as God-focused, authentic, and contemporary.

The Importance of a Church Playground

Your church is the pride of your community, a friendly place where families come to worship, learn, engage with each other, and enjoy a respite from their hectic lives. Adding a playground to your other amenities can enhance your image in the community, attract new families to your congregation, and offer additional benefits for the

5 Necessary Elements of a Church Playground

Planning the perfect playground can be a fun and relatively easy task when you have the right tools and an experienced playground contractor to partner with. You can let your imagination soar about what all you would like to include in your new play space. However, there are a few things every playground should include.

Evaluating Playground Bids and Proposals

Unlike reviewing bids for a house, or pre-designed structure, comparing competing bids for a playground can be very difficult. In most cases, no two bids will ever be the same. It is important to understand some key points when reviewing the playground bids to make sure you are getting the best possible deal. Let’s take

How to Stretch Your Playground Budget

By Cristen Shepherd Faced with a playground project for a school, church, or childcare center? It is very normal to jump in and start a wish list, and then move right into shopping mode. We get it, commercial equipment is cool stuff to look at and dream about! Here’s a word of caution at this

How to Organize an Adult Sports League

By Brian Sigafoos Learn how organizing recreational sports can be done right. The good news is you don’t have to spend a fortune to start a sports league. The bad news is if it’s your first time organizing a league, there are costs you may overlook. Facility costs will likely make up about half of your