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May 2011

Letter From The Chair

Playground Photo of the Month This month's Playground Photo of the Month recipient is Landscape Struc-

tures of Delano, Minnesota.

As a Playground Contractor, I believe we would all agree that we take great pride in our work. As you can see from the logos above there is a wealth of knowledge that goes into designing and building a truly compliant playground: Okay, I said it: Compliant. Let's talk about how each of the entities above affects us as Playground Contractors and how we translate and carry out our mission! Before I go on, I want to say up front that I expect feedback from this article as my intent is to render my opinion which I am sure many of you may not share. I welcome and ask that all responses be sent to rdcpsi@carolina.rr.com

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If you are interested in submitting your playground for consideration please email us at npca@playgroundcontractors.org. If your photo is selected for the any month in 2011, we will have it published and your will receive recognition for your work and a gift from us, for your participation. Digital Specifications: High Resolution PDF files are preferred. Delivery: Files will be accepted via email UNLESS they are over 6 MB. Formats: Grayscale / CMYK color images must be TIFF, .PDF, or .EPS format. 400 dpi or higher.

The Playground Contractor's Role with ASTM - The Manufacturer’s Standard ASTM F1487- 07ae1 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use. We'll start here and it's relevance to us as a Playground Contractor! We all know that our first guide is the Manufacturer's Installation Manual and today's manufacturers are abiding by some version of ASTM whether it be ASTM F1487-98, ASTM F 1487-01-e1, ASTM F 1487-05 or the most current active standard ASTM F1487-07ae1. It always helps us to get as many of the pre-construction documents as we can from the manufacturers so we can include this information in our "Travel Pack Installation File" which is part of our 5 P's: "Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance." Now let's talk about why we as Playground Contractors need to be up to speed on ASTM F1487. For more information visit http://www.astm.org/Standards/F1487.htm.

The Playground Contractor and Manufactures Installation Manual First, let's start with being a "Factory Certified Installer." Most Manufacturers who offer Factory Certified Installation Schools are going to teach the Proper Installation in accordance with ASTM F1487 as that is the Standard they are designing to. If we as Playground Contractors have attended a Factory Certified Installers School, they will teach us "Their Way" which is what we need to go by. If we have not attended a Factory Certified Installation School, then we are to rely on the Manufacturers Installation Manual so we then have to assume they have designed to the correct ASTM. One reason to know the current ASTM is that if we, as installers, are not familiar with ASTM, then we would that we can ask for a "variance' on a slide exit where we may be looking at a H+4' Rule (CPSC 325) instead of a 6'- 8' sliding scale on the slide exit (ASTM), switch a play panel with a slide, etc. The ability to make "In-the-Field Decisions" and complete the job is of great benefit to all parties concerned. There are many other examples that I could reference but for the sake of time let's move on. The second reason that we as Playground Contractors need to know ASTM is that NPSI teaches the relevant ASTM Standards in the CPSI School. Part of the requirement for becoming a NPCAI Qualified Contractor is to be NPSI Certified. That alone is a huge reason!


May 2011

Letter From The Chair (con’t)

NPCAI Board of Trustees

The third reason is our final work many times is going to be inspected by a CPSI who will be familiar with the ASTM Standards and we may have to justify why we did what we did. Last but not least, The NPCAI Playground Construction School addresses key issues of ASTM to help strengthen our knowledge as Playground Contractors but let me make a point to say, we here at the NPCAI are not NPSI and we won't try to be as NPSI does heck of Great Job! I for one do hope that the NPCAI Playground Construction School will include the current ASTM F148707-a01e1 in the Playground Construction School content.

NPCAI Chair Roger Davis P: 704-487-7774 E-mail: rdcpsi@carolina.rr.com Chair Elect James Charles Snider P: 440-877-9151 E-mail: jcsnider@cvsnider.com Past Chair Karen Spears P:1-888-895-5437 E-mail: kspears@hiwaay.net Treasurer Jeff Barber P: 800-385-0075 E-mail: jeff@playspec.com Secretary Brad Rhoads P: 888-346-2882 E-mail: brad.rhoads@mattaproducts.com Trustee Tom Norquist P: 256-845-5610 E-mail: tomn@gametime.com Trustee Randy Atchison P: 403-242-8740 E-mail: randygpi@telus.net Trustee Marylou Iverson P: 360-908-3479 E-mail: ml.iverson@gmail.om Trustee Dr. Joe Deutsch P: 888-788-9504 E-mail: joe@imaginationplay.com Trustee Tom Peeples P: 720-351-7309 E-mail: playgroundsafety@live.com Trustee Matthew F. Walsh P: 904-636-5106 E-mail: matt@precisionplaygrounds.com

The ASTM Standards below are best left to the manufacturers to guide us as it is not our role to translate these standards but to see that we follow the manufacturer's recommendations in the field. (The same could be said of ASTM F1487-01-e1 -?) ASTM F1292 - 04 Standard Specification for Impact Attenuation of Surfacing Materials within the Use Zone of Playground Equipment ASTM F1951 - 08 Standard Specification for Determination of Accessibility of Surface Systems Under and Around Playground Equipment ASTM F2223 - 04e1 Standard Guide for ASTM Standards on Playground Surfacing As a Playground Contractor, the Manufacturer's Installation Manual is non-negotiable! We, as Playground Contractors, must have close working relationships with the manufacturers we install for because right here is where we, as installers, can make it or break it! Your relationship with the manufacturers you install for is like anything else: You get back what you put in! For example, if the manufacturer offers a Factory Certified Installers School, then invest the money and go to it! If they don't offer a school, visit the factory, spend time on the phone and ask questions but most of all – KNOW YOUR PRODUCT! OF COURSE IT'S RELEVANT! The Playground Contractor's Role with CPSC Public Playground Safety Handbook Publication 325. As Playground Contractors, we all know that the final installation will need to meet the CPSC Public Playground Safety Handbook Publication 325 Guidelines as this is most likely the document that would be used if litigation occurred somewhere down the road. Let's not confuse the 1997 CPSC 325 with the April 2008 release which has not been formerly approved. It is my opinion and goes without saying that CPSC 325 is the one most essential document we, as Playground Contractors, should carry with us at all times! See the next topic on NPSI! For more information visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/325.pdf and search for the 2008 Handbook for Public Playground Safety. The Playground Contractor's Role with NPSI. The single one entity and certification that every Playground Contractor should aspire to is the National Playground Safety Institute where one goes to become a CPSI. CPSI stands for "Certified Playground Safety Inspector". It is the certification offered by the National Recreation and Park Association, through the National Playground Safety Institute. CPSI's are certified to inspect Playgrounds for safety issues; making sure that each playground they inspect is up to current national standards, developed by the ASTM and CPSC. In my opinion, this is a must have! Becoming a CPSI enables one to inspect and perform audits on playgrounds nationwide. The criteria for which are learned in a two day course, and are set forth by the ASTM and CPSC. CPSI's have been trained and certified to look for unsafe conditions in and around the physical playing area of a playground. They can perform inspections as well as audits of PUBLIC playgrounds. The Playground Contractor's Role with IPEMA. IPEMA, the International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association, provides 3rd party Product Certification services for U.S. and Canadian public play equipment and public play surfacing materials in the U.S. We service IPEMA-certified member companies, affiliated playground industry groups and anyone with an interest in playground equipment regulations. As a Playground Contractor we need to understand IPEMA's Role! For more information visit www.ipema.org. As Always, Be The Best Playground Contractor You Can Be! Roger Davis – CPSI President – Playground Safety Services, Inc. www.playgroundsafetyservices.com rdcpsi@carolina.rr.com


May 2011 The Playground Contractors Role with the NPCAI!

Feature The NPCAI Qualified Contractor - Playground Installations Hello to All Our NPCAI Members, Here is a refresher the CPSC 325 Public Playground Safety Handbook which is further documented as PUBLICATION 325 * April 2008. Each page is further identified as the Handbook for Playground Safety. This document is now being recognized as the current CPSC Standard of Care.

The Playground Contractors Role with the NPCAI As we come to the final link in the chain in becoming a True Playground Contractor. The NPCAI Mission is: To professionally construct today's pre-manufactured playground equipment.

THE NPCAI IS: A worldwide partnership formed to contribute to the advancement of the playground building industry by promoting playground installation as a legitimate contracting profession within the playground industry. THE NPCAI LENDS SUPPORT: To all playground safety programs, guidelines, and standards that promote playground safety by assisting the public in identifying the need for a professional playground installation.

THE NPCAI SEEKS: Active participation in and contributions from its membership and corporate sponsors for the development and growth of individual members, their contracting businesses, and the playground construction profession worldwide.

THE NPCAI OFFERS: MEMBERS A VOICE in the playground industry through leadership opportunity and networking to affect industry changes to address developing needs.

MEMBERS ANSWERS to everyday installation questions and immediate access to information regarding certification, licensing and industry standards.

Here at the NPCAI and as expected we have been informed that some states have mandated this document we all know that it can certainly be used in a court of law. With that said let’s take a closer look at a few things in the former version versus the latest release in regards to what we do: Playground Installations! The former version of the CPSC 325 Handbook for Public Playground Safety contains the following in regards to Playground Installations on Page 9 – Section 7: INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE OF EQUIPMENT 7.1 Assembly and Installation Proper assembly and installation of playground equipment are crucial for structural integrity, stability, and overall safety. The people who assemble and install playground equipment should not deviate from the manufacturers instructions. After assembly and before its first use, equipment should be thoroughly inspected by a person qualified to inspect playgrounds for safety. The manufacturer’s assembly and installation instructions, and all other materials collected concerning the equipment, should be kept in a permanent file. It further states: 7.1.1 Stability When properly installed as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions and specifications, equipment should withstand the maximum anticipated forces generated by active use which might cause it to overturn, tip, slide, or move in any way. Secure anchoring is a key factor to stable installation, and because the required footing sizes and depths may vary according to equipment type, the anchoring process should be completed in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications. From there the Document moves on to Maintenance which we will not get into at this time as it is a very comprehensive subject. The New Public Playground Safety Handbook PUBLICATION 325 * April 2008 states on Page 12 Section 2.6 the following in regards to Playground Installations: 2.6 Assembly and Installation • Strictly follow all instructions from the manufacturer when assembling and installing equipment. • After assembly and before its first use, equipment should be thoroughly inspected by a person qualified to inspect playgrounds for safety. • The manufacturer’s assembly and installation instructions, and all other materials collected concerning the equipment, should be kept in a permanent file. • Secure anchoring is a key factor to stable installation, and the anchoring process should be completed in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications. As Playground Contractors let’s Dig A Little Deeper! At first glance we see that both state that after assembly and before its first use, equipment should be thoroughly inspected by a person qualified to inspect playgrounds for safety. Neither CPSC 325 document defines who nor what qualifies that person to conduct that postinstallation inspection. I am sure we all have our own opinions. So let’s all make sure these Inspections are done by a CPSI. A second area where both documents agree is that equipment should be installed according to manufacturer’s specifications. Consider this The Golden Rule! Finally, both documents state that equipment should be securely anchored! Absolutely! So what does that mean to us as Playground Contractors? Does this actually change anything for us? If we have been Prudent Playground Contractors then we could keep on doing what we’ve always done, right?


May 2011

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NPCAI Social Sponsors 2010

The NPCAI Qualified Contractor - Playground Installations (con’t) Maybe not! In today’s Playground Industry I challenge all of us to step up it up a notch and improve our installation standards and techniques by documenting that Post Installation Inspection with Pictures and a Checklist that is Job Specific. The Manufacturer almost always provides you with one so that would be the best procedure to use. There are several forms on the NPCAI Website to assist you in this area and you may already be doing this. If so, that is GREAT! For those of you who may not be, there’s no better time to start than today! You may also note that the CPSC 325 2008 has (2) two specific checklists on pages 43 and 44 to use as a guide. Page 43 is a Suggested General Maintenance Checklist and Page 44 references Routine Inspection and Maintenance Issues. Upcoming Events:

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November 1-4, 2011 NRPA Congress & Expo - Atlanta, GA November 3, 2011 NPCAI Social Event, Atlanta, GA November 30 – December 2 2011 Tampa, FL Playground Construction School March 21-23, 2012 Dallas, TX Playground Construction School

As Always, Be The Best Playground Contractor You Can Be!

Roger Davis – CPSI President – Playground Safety Services, Inc. www.playgroundsafetyservices.com rdcpsi@carolina.rr.com Become a NPCAI Qualified Contractor and Continue to Support The NPCAI! The Playground Contractors Role with the NPCAI. As we come to the final link in the chain in becoming a True Playground Contractor. The NPCAI Mission is: To professionally construct today's pre-manufactured playground equipment. THE NPCAI IS: A worldwide partnership formed to contribute to the advancement of the playground building industry by promoting playground installation as a legitimate contracting profession within the playground industry. THE NPCAI LENDS SUPPORT: To all playground safety programs, guidelines, and standards that promote playground safety by assisting the public in identifying the need for a professional playground installation. THE NPCAI SEEKS: Active participation in and contributions from its membership and corporate sponsors for the development and growth of individual members, their contracting businesses, and the playground construction profession worldwide. THE NPCAI OFFERS: MEMBERS A VOICE in the playground industry through leadership opportunity and networking to affect industry changes to address developing needs. MEMBERS ANSWERS to everyday installation questions and immediate access to information regarding certification, licensing and industry standards.


May 2011 Tool Box Tip

Feature Playground Safety – It’s Important! We learn how to walk after we learn how to crawl. We learn to run and learn how to fall. We learn how to climb up and then how to get back down. We learn physics as we roll a ball down a slide’s chute and watch it propel from its end as gravity pulls it back towards the ground. Can you think back to when play was the most important thing in your life? Play equals Learning. Learning what you can do physically, about socialization, about acceptance, rejection – and how to deal with each. Play inspires coordination, learning about others, about different perspectives, and how to get along. Play builds the child. It is the essential part of a child’s education. Ref: #1 All learning—emotional, social, motor and cognitive is accelerated, facilitated, and fuelled by the pleasure of play. Playgrounds that promote different types of play are vital for a child’s cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development. Ref: #1

Qualified Contractors Use project signs in front of every job site you do, even if its only a single day job. And since you've got a sign up, you'll also need to be sure you run a clean jobsite. No one wants to drive by a mess and think that could be my jobsite.

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Playgrounds provide crucial and vital opportunities for children to play. There is substantial research showing the clear link between play and brain development, motor-skills, and social capabilities. Research shows that plenty of free play as a child leads to happiness in adulthood. Ref: #1 From the Boston Sand Gardens, sited as the first areas set aside for young children in 1885, to the first municipal playground built in New York at the turn of the century, to today - playgrounds have been key in the education and development of our youth. Ref: #1 Playground Safety: Since the initial period of playground development in American cities, the issue of playground safety has been a subject of concern. Initially, a primary concern was that children be removed from the temptations and hazards of playing in the streets, and through the tests of time, playgrounds themselves have been found to contain inherent dangers. Ref: #1 Each year more than 200,000 children across the United States are injured in playground and play area accidents. Ref: #2 It’s discouraging that even now many playground areas across the United States lack the necessary attention to detail for them to meet current safety guidelines and standards, which were developed to help minimize the likelihood of life-threatening or debilitating injuries.

November 1-4, 2011 NRPA Congress & Exposition Atlanta, GA November 3, 2011 NPCAI Social Event, Atlanta, GA Now Seeking Sponsors! November 30– December 2, 2011 Tampa, FL Playground Construction School. March 21-23, 2012 Dallas, TX Playground Construction School

The Importance of a Playground Safety Program: The safety of the playgrounds our children use is paramount. From their initial design to being constructed by a qualified contractor, having properly trained staff; a certified playground safety inspector, (CPSI) to help monitor continued compliance with current guidelines and standards through regular inspections and remedial maintenance are all essential components in maintaining an effective playground safety program. An expert playground safety consultant can be indispensable in auditing the compliance and safety of your play areas; identifying and helping remediate potential hazard, and to assist in developing your playground safety, inspection, maintenance and repair programs. Following these steps will help to lessen liability and enhance the safety of your playground areas. Children often use pieces of equipment differently than intended and will use everything available in the play environment in surprising ways. (See photos below) This makes organization’s playground safety awareness imperative in helping alleviate hazards found in today’s playgrounds and play areas.


May 2011

Feature Playground Safety – It’s Important! (Con’t)

Why Sponsor the NPCAI Social? With money very tight this year we wanted to provide the benefits to you of social sponsorship!

Warnings are all too often ignored,

The Giant Stride

In 1931, the National Recreation Association (NRA), precursor to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), recommended that all Giant Strides be banned from public playgrounds for safety. Ninety years later, this equipment is found still in use in a public playground area today. NPCAI has created sponsorship packages to meet almost all budget sizes. These premium packages are loaded with additional value-added exposure that helps to make your sponsorship investment even more visible. NPCAI invites you to consider sponsorship of an NPCAI Social. event as an essential component of your 2011 marketing plans.

The surface under and around playground equipment can be a major factor in determining the injury-causing potential of a fall. A fall onto a shock-absorbing surface is less likely to cause a serious injury than a fall onto a hard surface. Thus, with the largest number of playground injuries’ coming from falls to the playgrounds surface - it’s important to note that many pieces of play equipment are still being installed over hard surfacing such as grass and packed earth. Caregivers and children alike take for granted that public playground areas are safe. Yet, the reality is that many hazards go undetected.

Consider these five reasons of how sponsorship can help to achieve your marketing goals: 1. Enhance company image – Sponsoring an NRPA event or program that appeals to your target audience can help to shape buying attitudes and generate a positive reaction. 2. Heighten visibility – Sponsorship of an NRPA event or program will generate heightened visibility not only at the event, but will also earn you considerable visibility beyond the event. 3. Differentiating from competitors The mere act of sponsoring an event or program is a significant way to create competitor differentiation. Your company name has the opportunity to stand out head and shoulders above the competition. 4. Helping with good "Corporate Citizen" role - Sponsorship allows companies to be viewed as a "good neighbor." To be seen supporting the park and recreation community is extremely powerful and creates enormous goodwill. 5. Increase booth traffic - Sponsorship can also be a powerful promotion and sales tool. Research by The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CIER) indicates that exhibitors who use sponsorships can effectively increase booth traffic by more than 35 per cent.

Cracked & Broken Equipment

Entanglement & Entrapment Hazards and worn & damaged hardware –

Just to name a few… With more than 200,000 children across the United States being treated in hospital emergency rooms each year due to injuries incurred in playgrounds and play areas, the toll on these children and their families is immeasurable, and the costs in terms of liability and litigation staggering.


May 2011

Feature Playground Safety – It’s Important! (Con’t)

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Design playgrounds to comply with current guidelines and standards Construct playgrounds using only qualified contractors Contact a certified playground safety consultant to help develop your comprehensive safety program; Train your staff; Specifically follow the manufacturer’s installation, inspection, and maintenance procedures and; Have a program in place to promptly address remedial maintenance. Written by: Tom Peeples, NPCAI Board Member Peeples Playground Safety Consulting 720-351-7309

The NPCAI offers many benefits to its members. Such benefits include

• NPCAI embossed membership certificate.

• NPCAI membership card • A monthly E-zine • Free Listing on the Online • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Directory Free Website Listing RFP Listing Playground Wiki Free Access to over 200 forms. Aflac Discount Program Imprint Plus Name Tags General Liability Insurance Program Free copy of the Playground Magazine. Free Classifieds Your company information is given out to any interested individual seeking your services $100 savings on the Playground Construction School. Errors & Omissions Insurance Coverage Annual NPCAI Social Event Sponsorship Opportunities Qualified Contractor Credentials.

Most Important NPCAI will support you every step of the way.

Reference: #1) The Developmental Benefits of Playgrounds, by Frost, Brown, Sutterby, Thornton, Association for Childhood Education International, 2004. #2) Injuries & Investigated Deaths Associated with Playground Equipment, 2001-2008, 10/29/2009 -Craig W.

Message from the Executive Director Summer is around the corner and I wish everyone great weather this year and hopefully we can all catch up with jobs, leads, customers this year. This issue we focused on playground installations and safety, we hope you enjoy them and I look forward to your response. I would like to address the importance of fencing around playground equipment. Playgrounds give children a needed place to play at recess during school, or recreationally after school or on weekends. While it is not required that every playground has a fence, the playgrounds that do have fences have to follow ASTM guidelines that mandate specific rules on playground fencing. Where Playground Fences are required: Public Playground fences are required anywhere where a roadway or waterway is present within 200 feet of the edge of the playground zone. The playground zone represents the footprint of the playground and is usually easily seen by the material used for the ground surface of the playground. Fence Height: The fence must be at least four feet tall, but should not exceed six feet tall in most jurisdictions. Fence Material: Some chain-link fences have a polyvinyl coating over the links. The fence should be made out of galvanized steel and can be comprised of bars or chain link. The chain-link versions can also be covered with a polyvinyl coating that gives the chain link a softer feel. The bars cannot be further than four inches apart and the chain link cannot be able to be climbed by children. Gates: Elaborate metal security fence with a large metal gate. Playground fence gates must have automatically-closing hinges on the gate. The latch must also automatically catch when the gate closes. So to assist you making a good choice for fencing around your playground area consider one of these. Sylvia Salazar, NPCAI Executive Director npca@playground-contractors.org 1-888-908-9519


May 2011

Feature What a difference a day makes

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On April 27, 2011 the State of Alabama was hit with some devastating weather, tornados destroyed many towns and so many lives where lost, many schools and playgrounds destroyed, businesses lost. We were very lucky and the Tornados missed our homes and spared the lives of all our friends and co-workers, all we lost was our electricity for a week or so, phones, traffic lights, so we all had to live altered lives, cooking on grills, making coffee on a camping stove, burning candles for light at night, talking not watching T.V. what you had to do, mainly just minor inconvenience for a great deal of us as we watched our neighbors just a few miles from us who had lost all they owned and the most precious items that can not be replaced , family, friends and neighbors. I know this months topic is playground installation, and that subject is always near and dear to my heart, Installing a playground or working on a job site is one of my favorite things to do, it makes me feel proud and a part of the job and it seems those are always my favorite playgrounds, the ones I get to play in the dirt on. I just wanted to talk about what I witnessed during the time after the storms, I live in a subdivision and in the five years I have lived their I have never seen many children out playing, now I know I am at work most of the time but still on the weekends you might see a child ride by on a bike every now and then, but when we were all living this altered life with no T.V., no video games, no Electricity, no phones, not even a cell phone was working, it was so funny to me what I noticed every day children where out playing with each other, I could hear their laughter, see them all ridding their bikes, playing ball, games, I just went out and sat and watched them as it was so amazing to me that all these children I had never seen, I had no idea that many children lived in my neighborhood. They filled the streets playing and having fun, just as I had done when I was a child. As I sat and watched them all out playing like they had been held prisoners in their own homes and now had been turned free, and they were having such a great time, running using their bodies, smiling and having a wonderful time, and the joy of their voices filled the air, I thought it is true you can find a silver lining in the darkest of times and I wondered was I the only one who noticed, because of what we do, build playgrounds. What I have watched is many of the same children weeks after the storms are still coming out to play, like it is something new they just discovered , I am so happy to see and hear them out having a great time, and I sure hope they do not go away again, it feels like we have all come to life, I see my neighbors setting out and enjoying the nice weather, people helping each other, watching the children just like when I was a child, I have always known it takes a village to raise a child and I wonder if I am still the only one who sees what has happen, because we build playgrounds. We need to teach our children it should not take a devastating storm and an altered life style to come out and play, because we all do build playgrounds no matter what role we play in this Industry.

New & Renewed Members!

Sincerely,

• Newest Members • ParkWorX, LLC. • Play Solutions, Inc. • Top One Maintenance Corp • Recreation Contractor, LLC. • A & H Contracting, Inc.

Karen H. Spears, CPSI, Past Chair Kids Play Inc. Hartselle, Al


May 2011 Mark your Calendar Upcoming Play Industry Events & CPSI Courses

Building Your Business NCA Training Course: Accessibility Management in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Space is still available in the spring training course on Accessibility Management in Parks, Recreation and Tourism, offered by the National Center on Accessibility June 7-10 in St Louis, MO.

Registration Now Open for the Following: June 8 -10, 2011 Sunrise , FL 850-878-3221

A comprehensive accessibility management program is the key to success for park and recreation agencies. This NCA training course is designed to give accessibility coordinators in parks and recreation a broad perspective and foundation for implementing an accessibility management program.

June 21-23, 2011 Gatlinburg, TN 615-790-0041

This course is ideal for professionals with newly appointed responsibilities and for those looking to brush up on the latest information for accessibility compliance. Sessions will include discussions of the characteristics and needs of people with disabilities, legislative mandates and litigation, accessibility standards and common errors, the application of universal design to park and recreation environments, program access, considerations for conducting accessibility assessments, visitor use and marketing and comprehensive planning.

July 12-14, 2011 Raleigh, NC 919-513-3937

Examples and best practices in accessibility management will be presented throughout the sessions. A field exercise will give participants an opportunity to practice conducting an accessibility assessment along with discussing considerations for prioritization of physical and programmatic barrier removal. CEUs: 2.4

July 19-21, 2011 Riverside, CA 919-665-2777

For more information, visit: Accessibility Management in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. For registration information, visit www.ncaonline.org.

August 10-12, 201 Mercer Island, WA 360-459-9396

Blueprint By State Blue Print for Becoming a North Dakota Registered Contractor.

August15-17, 2011 Wheat Ridge, CO 303-231-0943 Sept 13-15, 2011 Cincinnati, OH 614-895-2222 Conferences and Workshops: Georgia Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference August 16th, 2011 Hawaii Recreation & Park Association Annual State Conference August 25 - 26, 2011

Secretary of State State Capitol 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept 108, Bismarck, ND 58505-0500 Phone: 701-328-3665 Fax: 701-328-1690 Toll Free: 1-800-352-0867 E-mail: sos@nd.gov Website: www.nd.gov/sos The state requires a General Contractors license virtually for every aspect of commercial, residential and public works construction exceeding $2000.00 per project requires registration by the state. Each applicant must submit statement in good standing, workers compensation, and verification of general liability.

Arizona Parks and Recreation Association Annual Conference August 30– September 1, 2011 Ice Arena Institute of Management September 18 - 23, 2011

2011 Congress NRPA Congress and Exposition November 1 - 3, 2011

The statement and opinions express in the foregoing articles are those of the author, and not those of NPCAI. Copyrighted Š 2011. International Playground Contractors Association. The Playground Insider is a registered trademark owned by the International Playground Contractors Association. All rights reserved. This is members ezine.


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