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NADINE’S PLAYNEWS NADINE HARRIS, PLAYGROUND CONSULTANT FOR HABITAT SYSTEMS INC. Meet Nadine, Playground Consultant for Southern Alberta, who has worked with school groups across Calgary on small and large projects. Being a mother of two small children, Nadine draws on her end-user experience in creating playgrounds, allowing her to take a consultative approach with clients. She prides herself on customer service, building relationships and is driven by her passion for the parks and recreation industry. She is full of energy and always looking for new projects to take on. Nadine enjoys being active in the outdoors, whether it’s running, biking or kicking around a soccer ball.

THE NEW PLAYGROUND EXPERIENCE AT ROYAL OAK SCHOOL

Royal Oak School, in Calgary Alberta, opened in September 2010, housing over 530 students in grades Kindergarten to four who had nothing to play on, so a group of parent volunteers got together to fundraise and build a playground for the newly opened elementary school. A team of 7 parent volunteers worked with the Calgary Board of Education representatives, the school administration, numerous contractors and Habitat Systems to get the project into motion. “We had support from our Community Association, neighborhood Home Owner Associations, numerous businesses, Royal Oak School Fundraising Society and School Council” states Wendy Reynolds, Royal Oak Playground Committee Member.

SOUTHERN ALBERTA PLAYGROUNDS TO CHECK OUT: Westmount Elementary School 220 Wheatland Trail Strathmore, AB

This particular project was “was limited on space, as our school was built at the bottom of a very sloped hill. Habitat Systems provided us with examples of playground structures that could work within our space limitations” advises Reynolds.

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Royal Oak School decided on a Landscape Structures Evos and PlayBooster Structure, in “earthy” colours of Pine Green, Tan and Brown, chosen to compliment Royal Oak’s environmentally conscious efforts. “School Administration, parents and students all seem very impressed with the playground. The only complaint we’ve had is that they wish it were bigger!” says Reynolds.

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In sum, Reynolds states, “Habitat Systems’ products are of fantastic quality and innovative in design. We truly enjoyed working with the Habitat Systems crew during our “Build Days” as they were very easy to work with and quick to respond to any questions or concerns we had.” Contact Habitat Systems today to start your playground project www.habitat-systems.com l Toll Free 1 (866) 422-4828 l Calgary Office 403.875.9486


A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOURS With Landscape Structures new nature-inspired shades, urban tones, playful hues and everything in between, it’s easy to create the playground you imagine. Learn more about our colour inspirations and find 16 new colour palettes at playlsi.com. While there, you can search for a playground design that fits your needs and colour it by palette.

CELEBRATE YOUR NEW PLAYGROUND WITH A GRAND OPENING! Once your playground has been installed, holding a grand opening is a wonderful way to celebrate your accomplishment, thank those who were involved in the project and communicateto the community that there is a new place to play. Our Grand Opening Team and Marketing Department can assist you with your event; whether it is a large celebration or an intimate gathering, we are here to help. Complimentary SERVICES include: • Design and distribution of digital invitations for your event • 3’ scissors for use by multiple participants • Event signage & posters • Ceremony bollards • Elegant red cutting ribbon • Helium & balloons • The creation and submission of press releases to local news outlets

You have the choice to use RECYCLED panels when building your new playstructure! Available in 11 colour combinations, the distinctive black core results from combining and recycling coloured plastic household containers - waste that would otherwise end up in landfills. The panels offer a post-consumer recycled content of 73%. The recycled colour choices can be selected for any Permalene panel currently available as either a one-colour or a two-colour option. Contact Habitat Systems today to start your playground project www.habitat-systems.com l Toll Free 1 (866) 422-4828 l Calgary Office 403.875.9486


FEATURED INSTALLATIONS: Alix Mac School 4723 49th Street Alix, AB

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Contact Habitat Systems today to start your playground project www.habitat-systems.com l Toll Free 1 (866) 422-4828 l Calgary Office 403.875.9486


FEATURED INSTALLATIONS: The Canals

Canals Close & Canals Court SW Airdrie, AB

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FEATURED INSTALLATIONS: Royal Oak School

9100 Royal Birch Boulevard NW Calgary, AB

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Contact Habitat Systems today to start your playground project www.habitat-systems.com l Toll Free 1 (866) 422-4828 l Calgary Office 403.875.9486


FEATURED INSTALLATIONS: Hillcrest Playground Hillcrest Avenue Airdrie, AB

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Contact Habitat Systems today to start your playground project www.habitat-systems.com l Toll Free 1 (866) 422-4828 l Calgary Office 403.875.9486


FEATURED INSTALLATIONS: The Canyons

490 - 40th Avenue W Lethbridge, AB

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ABOUT HABITAT SYSTEMS Habitat Systems, established in 1996, is a team of 25 people – a big family. Habitat Systems encourages the development of healthy communities by selecting park and playground products that are innovative, kind to the environment, and offer superior technologies. Proudly serving Western Canada, we offer a first-rate service that has established us as a preferred supplier in school districts, municipalities and landscape architecture firms. Our services include complimentary consultations, site visits, custom designs and unique fundraising ideas. We strive to provide our clients with products which create safe environments where children and adults have the opportunity to create, imagine, dream and learn together. Find us at www.habitat-systems.com or call us toll free at 1(866) HABITAT (422-4828).

GET SCRATCHING! ~ A UNIQUE FUNDRAISING IDEA JUST FOR SCHOOLS

One of the biggest challenges that many schools face is raising funds for new playground equipment. Sometimes traditional fundraisers, such as bake sales and bottle drives, only bring in small amounts of money and seem like they will take years to reach a substantial amount. Habitat Systems has created effective options for schools to help them fundraise and make the process a little easier and a lot more fun! This program involves customizable scratchcards and yields 100% profit return. Children ask supporters (friends, family members, coworkers) to scratch one (or more) dots and donate the amount uncovered ($1 - $5) with each card totaling $100. It’s a fun, innovative way to involve all children in the fundraising process and supporters are then thanked with a coupon sheet. Contact Habitat Systems at 1 (866) HABITAT (422-4828) to learn more about our Scratch Card Program.

ADVICE FOR THOSE TAKING ON A PLAYGROUND PROJECT: “The little things make a big difference. The big posters, the designs that are delivered in the laughing tubes – every little bit counts. Habitat Systems is a very professional company and I loved the interest they showed from the very first contact to the finish!” - Trudy Lewis, Director, Parkland School Red Deer, AB

REQUEST A PLAYGROUND PLANNING KIT Habitat Systems would like to help you get started on your next project. Contact us today to request a Playground Planning Kit, which features detailed information for the planning and execution stages of your playground projects. Being organized, with leading edge information, state of the art equipment and the support of Habitat Systems, keeps the playground design process fun and on track! Find us at www.habitat-systems.com or call us toll free at 1(866) HABITAT (422-4828).

Contact Habitat Systems today to start your playground project www.habitat-systems.com l Toll Free 1 (866) 422-4828 l Calgary Office 403.875.9486


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