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The Evolution of Gym Design: Retractable Wide Deck Platforms

  By Matt LaLonde As the role of school and church gymnasiums continues to evolve, institutions must consider several factors when planning and designing a facility to make it dynamic and adaptable to meet ever-changing needs. From serving the church and school population to the local neighborhood community, it is imperative for gymnasiums to be

5 Life Lessons Learned from the Field of Play

  By Kevin Cook Sometime during 1994, in the middle of a t-ball game on a dusty Florida field, the importance and immense value of athletics began to take root with me. My son Spencer, barely 40 pounds soaking wet, was at bat. The oversized baseball pants and cap were straight out of a Norman

What to Know About Your Playground Equipment Warranty

  When you check out a playground equipment company’s warranty, make sure you look beyond the headline. Headlines are designed to catch your attention. Whether it is a newspaper, online post, or warranty, the headline copy is interesting and easy to understand, but the true meaning of the headline requires a bit more digging. The

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,