Archive for Playgrounds



American with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG)


It is the goal of the BCI Burke Company to design all composite play structures in conformance with the proposed American with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). Burke designers are knowledgeable about ADAAG, and their expertise allows Snider & Associates to provide play systems to be designed with activities that encourage and enable children of all abilities to share in the innovative fun that is provided by Burke playground equipment.  Burke’s experienced playground designers work directly with the Snider & Associates sales representatives and customers to ensure that we are providing components that not only comply with the current guidelines, but can also assist you in the development of a fully integrated, universally inclusive playground.


Burke’s accessible playgrounds provide the exciting and innovative levels of play that are so important to the physical, social, and intellectual development of the children who play on the equipment.  To that end, we incorporate components that range from the more elementary Paddle Ball Panel to promote eye-hand coordination to ground level Fun Phones that are such an integral part of socialization to the more sophisticated upper body developing components such as Curved Ring Swings and Loop Horizontal Ladders that will accommodate children who have lower extremity disabilities, but who are able to take advantage of the upper body challenges. The strategic use of transfer points, ground level activities and wheel chair accessible ramps, where applicable, help assure that all play structures meet and exceed the objectives detailed in the proposed ADAAG guidelines.


Design your dream playground accessible to all children

KaBoom! Offers Playground Grants

KaBoom! has developed a unique opportunity to jump start the playground building process for communities in need, by offering $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 grants towards the purchase of new playground equipment. KaBOOM! Offers Playground Planners $5,000 Grants on 2010-02-11 08:58:00.

  • Fans Vote for Most Compelling Video

To help jumpstart the playground building process for communities in need, KaBOOM!, the national non-profit that makes kids and communities healthier by creating great places to play, has partnered with the nation’s top playground equipment vendors to offer $5,000, $3,000, and $1,000 grants towards the purchase of new playground equipment.

Three grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to communities who receive the most votes in an online video voting competition. Competing communities need to create an online video that pitches their project to potential funders, supporters and volunteers and then enter their project into the KaBOOM! Project Planner before the end of February. The KaBOOM! Project Planner is a free online tool designed to walk communities step-by-step through the playground building process, from fundraising and volunteer recruitment to vendor selection and site preparation. Already, communities have entered 1,500playground projects into the planner because it gives them access to KaBOOM! resources and information, empowers them to engage their community in their project, and enables them to share their plans and ideas quickly and easily with their team members and potential supporters. For the competition, videos should be no more than 60 seconds in length, be targeted at potential supporters (not KaBOOM!) and demonstrate the importance of the project to the community.

Once completed, KaBOOM! will host all the videos online so that communities can use their video as both a contest entry and a tool to garner support for their project. By sending links to their video out to their social media networks, all participating communities have the ability to spread their message and garner massive amounts of support for their projects. At the end of February, KaBOOM! will select the five most compelling videos and will invite the public to vote for their favorite. The videos with the most votes will receive up to $5,000, $3,000, or $1,000 in grants towards their purchase of equipment from the KaBOOM! Preferred Vendors that best meets their needs. The winning videos will also serve as examples of creative and effective ways other communities can garner support and engage supporters online. Grant winners will be announced in April, but by inspiring their individual communities to rally around their projects, all participants will get additional support to help them reach their goals.


Preferred Vendors have been selected because of their high industry standards, their consistent installation quality, their national reach, and their commitment to playground innovation.


The contest rules are simple. Entrants must upload a project video, up to 60 seconds in length, to their KaBOOM! Project Page during the month of February. Then, KaBOOM! will judge the videos, and the top five will be chosen as finalists. Finalists will be determined by both their video and their progress through and interaction with their project website. Finalists will be competing for playground equipment grants (with the grand prize of up to $5,000 towards their purchase cost) provided by KaBOOM!Preferred Vendors. Equipment must be purchased from one of these vendors in order to receive the grant. The final amount of the awarded grant cannot be greater than 25% of the total purchase price. KaBOOM! Preferred Vendors have been selected because of their high industry standards, their consistent installation quality, their national reach, and their commitment to playground innovation. Finalists will be put up for public voting on in March to determine the winners! Grant winners will be announced in April, but by inspiring their individual communities to rally around their projects, all participants will get additional support to help them reach their goals.

Please contact Snider & Associates with any additional questions. or 800-888-2889

Strongsville’s New Playground Installed

NORTH ROYALTON, OH (October 10, 2011) – A state-of-the-artplayground recently installed in the City of Strongsville, OH, is fully operational and getting maximum use. The City of Strongsville was the lucky winner of a playground contest held earlier this year by BCI Burke, commercial playground manufacturer with corporate headquarters in Fond du Lac, WI.

IMG_20111010_105137“Anyone I have talked to is ecstatic with the addition of the playground,” said Bryan Bogre, Strongsville Director of Parks, Recreation and Senior Services. “It is great to see something like this play area making people so happy,” he added.
“The playground has received much praise through our city council and our Mayor, and has been the topic of conversation on the council floor multiple times recently focusing on how great it is to finally have a playground in the Strongsville Youth Sports Park for our kids,” Bogre said.

Thousands of entries registered for the contest announced at the start of 2011, with only one honored person getting the exciting winning call. The playground is from Burke’s newVoltage™ line, which combines the durability and flexibility of a 3 ½” O.D. post systemwith the advanced design of both the exclusive KoreKonnect® direct-bolt clamp system and EZKonnect® self-leveling deck system. Other monthly prize winners in the Voltage playground contest received VISA gift cards and Apple iPods and will continue to be selected each month through December 31, 2011.

“We are always energized when we hear how thrilled our customers—both kids and adults–are with a new playground,” said Tim Ahern, BCI Burke CEO/owner.

“The partnership with Snider & Associates, our Burke Rep in Ohio, made this project seamless and successful,” Ahern said.

Snider and Associates, with service in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Michigan, has been providing top quality park, athletic and commercial playground equipment to the school, early education, parks and recreation industry since the 80’s. Additional information can be found at
BCI Burke is a premier manufacturer of commercial playground, park, and recreation equipment and an avid advocate of safe, healthy play for kids. More information aboutBurke and the contest is available at

School Age Playground in Edgerton Ohio

This is the school age primary playground that will be going in soon for Edgerton Local Schools in Edgerton Ohio.  It has a great triple slide, many climbers, track ride, and swings!  If you want/need a playground please give us a call 800-888-2889 or visit us at

Get Green

One of the manufacturers we represent was just recently highlighted in Recreation Management

You can view some of the trash receptacle options on our website Or some are available on our online store If you have any questions just give us a call 800-888-2889.

The article…..

New recycling containers from Witt Industries allow either one-stream recycling or three separate stream recycling to be collected within a small area. These durable and attractive metal containers, which combine functionality with aesthetics, are available in 15 inch (24 gallon) or 18 inch (34.5 gallon) for the collection of paper, clear plastics, glass and other recyclable materials. They area ideal for use within schools, universities, stadiums, arenas, concession areas and more. Single opening or three opening lids area easily removed for fast and convenient servicing.

Playground Maintenance Guide and a Playground Supervision Guide

Playground Maintenance Guide and a Playground Supervision Guide
We know that 84% of all playground accidents could be avoided through better

adult supervision and proper playground maintenance. That is why Snider & Associates provides a Playground Maintenance Guide and a Playground Supervision Guide with every order. We believe that by designing and

implementing effective playground maintenance and playground dsupervision programs at your

school or park playground, we can help you protect your investment and improve children’s play experiences.

Call or click here to get your Playground Maintenance Guide or Playground Supervision Guide today!

Playgrounds for children devasted by natural disasters, econimic stress, and war

Kids around the world is a faith based organization that brings hope to children who have been devestated by natural disasters, econimic stress, and war. They restore hope with the power of play – They build playgrounds – see upcoming installations in ecuador, mexico, haiti, panama, honduras, new orleans

Playground fundraising with ice cream or dinner

I just got a letter from Hershey’s Ice Cream in N. Royalton, advertising Fundraising opportunities. I think this is a great playground fundraising idea that would be something to consider with other local businesses. I know Tommy’s Pizza has done this for our church recently. The way it works, whatever purchases are made on a certain day, a certain percentage is donated. I think I’ve heard of Applebee’s and Friday’s doing it as well.

I also saw some more listed on the web for playground fundraising ideas