Play By Numbers: A look at the stats behind National Demonstration Site standards

Taking on the challenge of building a new park or playground can be a lot of fun – and a lot of opportunity! We work with many urban planners, school communities and landscape architects who want to ensure their new space meets best practice standards – ultimately earning them national recognition as a National Demonstration […]

The Benefits of National Recognition for Your Playground: Why Build a Playground to National Demonstration Site Standards

Playcore’s Center for Outreach, Research and Education leads the National Demonstration Site (NDS) network, a collective of playgrounds that demonstrate the best in class standards that meet the requirements necessary to earn one of the five National Demonstration Site designations.  Playgrounds that demonstrate these standards see many benefits for their park space and overall design including: National Recognition. Every […]

6 Key Investments You Can Make To Upgrade Your Current Playground

As much fun as we have creating a brand new playground from scratch (and do we ever have fun!), we also firmly believe that creating a new place to play doesn’t always mean building from the ground up. We work with many city managers, urban planners and landscape architect firms to create community parks within […]

Leading the Way to Play: How to Earn National Recognition for Aligning Your Playground Design to Best Practice Standards

Playcore’s Center for Outreach, Research and Education leads the National Demonstration Site (NDS) network, a collective of playgrounds that demonstrate the best in class standards that meet the requirements necessary to earn one of the five National Demonstration Site designations.  We’ve helped communities across Canada build playgrounds that ‘lead the way to play’, by adhering […]

Calgary Playground Review: Guardian Angel School Playground

“It was very fun. And I liked everything.” That’s our favourite thing to hear! Thanks to Calgary Playground Review for visiting the new Guardian Angel School Playground in Calgary. This playground was built as one of National Demonstration Sites, meaning it was designed to promote physical activity, demonstrating best practice standards in playground design. The playground integrates two […]

Santa Rosa Park Becomes the Newest National Demonstration Site Playground in Edmonton

As part of the City’s Neighbourhood Renewal Program, the City of Edmonton worked closely with established community of Montrose to identify and implement improvements to parks and recreation accessibility in the neighbourhood, including improved pathway access, lighting and off-leash dog park areas. This effort also included the construction of Santa Rosa Park, a modern, new […]

Product Highlight: Expression Swings

The GameTime Expression Swings are one of our favourite ways to play at the park – and one of our increasingly more popular pieces of equipment – because they encourage parents and kids to have fun at the playground, together. Good Morning America even shared the fun of these “absolute genius swings, showing up in parks across […]

Breaking Ground on Brighton Core Park: A New Place to Play in Saskatoon

We are excited to work with Stantec and Dream Developments on the design and build of Brighton Core Park, a large 23-acre park in Saskatoon designed to represent inclusion in play and community, with something for everyone. As we break first ground on the build of this project, we couldn’t wait to share a little sneak peek at […]

Top Areas to Check to Ensure A Safe, Well-Maintained Playground

Upkeep and maintenance are a natural part of playground development and management. The more play your park sees, the more wear and tear will naturally occur. While this can be a good problem to manage  (since it means your playground is getting put to good, fun use!), it is important to stay on top of […]

Bringing a New Community Park to Shelburne, Ontario

Last year, we were contracted to help Shelburne, Ontario create a new community playground. Of the multiple design submissions that were voted on by the community members themselves, ours was chosen as the design of choice to bring the new playground to life and become a National Demonstration Site, built with best practices in design […]