CHAMPS’ Agreement Offers Snider and Associates Playground Equipment

champsCLEVELAND – CHAMPS Group Purchasing announces an agreement with Snider and Associates, Inc. to provide CHAMPS members discounted pricing for playground equipment and site furnishings for sports, recreation and more.

This agreement with Snider and Associates (Snider), an Ohio based vendor, can provide service to any member in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, along with several other states. The agreement offering playground equipment and site furnishings gives members discounted pricing off of the manufacturers’ list price. CHAMPS’ Snideragreement includes products from a wide array of manufacturers.

Jan Elder, CHAMPS contracting director, said, “We are very pleased to offer this new contract with Snider. Many members have asked for an agreement tailored to sports,playground and other equipment for outdoor installation.”
James Snider, sales representative at Snider, said, “We are excited to be part of theCHAMPS group and their excellent network of providers. We look forward to contributing to their existing high quality standard product lines and adding some fun with ourplayground equipment.”

About CHAMPS Group Purchasing


As healthcare group purchasing experts, CHAMPS helps the healthcare industry save money and lightens the contracting burden for purchasing managers. For nearly 19 years, CHAMPS Group Purchasing has been an affiliate of Premier, Inc., one of the largest healthcare buying groups in the country, with over $36 billion in volume and more than 1,750 contracts.

With more than 4,000 clients nationwide, CHAMPS is one of Premier’s largest healthcare group purchasing affiliate programs and has been working in the healthcare arena since 1916. Choosing to partner with CHAMPS enables healthcare facilities access to Premier agreements, while benefiting from CHAMPS’ personal and expert service, aggregated contract portfolio and custom contract offerings – making utilization of the program as seamless as possible. For more, visit

About Snider and Associates, Inc.

Snider and Associates, Inc. (Snider) has been in the recreation market since 1985 and has grown from about five people in the late 1980s to up to thirty people in peak season.Snider represents several quality manufacturers in the playground equipment, recreational and site furnishings fields. Snider provides their products as a “turn-key” service from design through installation as well as ongoing service and maintenance.

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

Snider & Associates teams up with BCI Burke Playground Equipment

Family run, family oriented: Snider & Associates teams up with BCI Burke
NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio (Jan. 14, 2011) — After 25 years in the playground business, Chuck Snider of Snider & Associates has teamed with BCI Burke Premier Play Environments, according to President Chuck Snider. The firm will market Burke products in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and much of Pennsylvania.
“The playgrounds we create reflect on my family, so it’s important to provide the highest quality playgrounds and related products available. That commitment led us to BCI Burke,” said Snider, who runs Snider & Associates with his wife and two sons.
“We’ve had our eye on BCI Burke for years, and feel that they have the highest quality play equipment out there. Their products are all American made, they’re cutting edge, they’re innovative, and they include some really outstanding marketing tools that we can’t wait to get our hands on,” Snider said.
One of those marketing tools is a unique design and drawing system that will allow Snider & Associates to build and design virtual playgrounds right in a customer’s office, which Snider believes will significantly streamline the process of meeting each customer’s needs.
“If a customer can sit at the computer and literally put the pieces together to see what the final product might look like, it can really spark the imagination and fuel excitement. Suddenly it isn’t all just posts and decks and maybe a glider – it’s a real playground,” Snider said.
“Our goal is to provide a safe and positive play experience for kids, and we feel very strongly that BCI Burke shares that goal. That’s why we’ve invited them into our family.”
BCI Burke, with headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisc., is a premier manufacturer of commercial playground, park, and recreation equipment.

Rubber Mulch – Playground and landscaping

Rubber mulch is made from recycled rubber and comes in different colors. It provides a perfect cushion to the soil or ground. You can place the rubber mulch in your garden and protect the soil and plants from excessive moisture.

Here are some benefits of rubber mulch:

1. Rubber mulch comes in different colors and hence useful in landscaping.
2. Rubber mulch does not melt and does not emit rotten smell.
3. It is very durable.
4. It does not catch dust and never attracts insects like the grass lawn.
5. Rubber mulch does not wash away in heavy rains nor does it blow away in the storm.

With all these benefits, Playground rubber mulch is the best thing to decorate your garden or backyard. It enhances the safety of the playground and helps in enhancing the quality of soil. Rubber mulch is very popular for its ability to protect kids from getting injured. Rubber mulch acts as a cushion between the kids and the ground and prevents injuries.

If you take proper precautions, then playground rubber mulch is ideal for gardens and playgrounds.

Bleacher Inspections – Indoor and Outdoor bleachers

Bleacher Inspections – Indoor and Outdoor bleachers
Snider & Associates, Inc. performs Indoor and Outdoor Bleacher inspections and maintenance! We also perform bleacher repairs as requested.

Indoor Bleacher Maintenance Inspection Summary of Work that can be performed

  • Clean upper decking, framework, and floor area below bleachers.
  • Check all hardware and fasteners to assure tightness and identify missing.
  • Align framework.
  • Check operating condition of row locks and/or locking mechanisms.
  • Lubrication of all contact moving parts.
  • Check condition of floor pads.
  • Check condition of wheels, rollers, and outriggers.
  • On electrical units, check wear of power track or friction roller, and condition of wiring and relays.

Perform inspection of bleachers.

  • Review safety of bleacher system. Condition of flooring, seats, risers, guardrails, aisle handrails and antislip.
  • Check operation of open and closing of bleacher sections.
  • Identify bleacher size, number of rows, number of sections, and measurement of seat, floor, and riser boards.
  • Compile a list of conditions that may require parts and repair.
  • Generate an Excel inspection report that will be mailed or emailed to customer.

With our years of experience, let us create the report you need to address your bleacherproblems.

Please call Snider & Associates, Inc. if you need a Bleachers inspection – indoor bleachers or outdoor bleachers. We can also provide both the indoor bleachers and outdoor bleachers NEW and install them for you.

Mt. Lebanon’s Foster Elementary opens ‘inclusive’ playground

Mt. Lebanon’s Foster Elementary opens ‘inclusive’ playground

Thursday, September 16, 2010
By Kaitlynn Riely, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Larry Roberts/Post-GazetteSofie Pell, 8, a third-grade student at Foster Elementary School in Mt. Lebanon, hangs from a modern jungle gym along with Katie Leibow, 9, during recess Tuesday.On a cool, sunny morning, every piece of playground equipmentat Foster Elementary School was in use.

First, second and third graders clambered around the climbing station, pushed each other on tire swings and jumped on stationary pogo sticks.

Three years of planning, fundraising and then installation this August resulted in an “inclusive playground” meant to be accessible for children with vision problems, motor delays or impairments and mental disabilities, said Foster principal Patrick McClintock-Comeaux.

The swing set has regular swings as well as what Mr. McClintock-Comeaux described as a “roller coaster seat,” with a back and a harness. A modernized seesaw, with room for up to 20 kids at a time, is low enough for a child with a wheelchair to sit on it, and has no parts that can pinch fingers or catapult riders off the device.

Tire swings are set at a low level for wheel-chair bound children and a Sway Fun, a flat glider with two seats and a table, can hold a wheelchair. The climbing equipment has different colored panels for different levels, a component that a parent suggested to make it easier for her vision-impaired child to navigate.

Foster Elementary does not currently have any students in wheelchairs, though there are children in the community who are in wheelchairs, Mr. McClintock-Comeaux said. The school does have students with autism spectrum disorder and with vision problems, and the new playground equipment will make it easier for them to play, he said.

“The whole point is that we are not just building it for our kids. We are building it for the whole community,” he said.

Games are held on the fields next to the playground, and the playground is open to use for the public, so he said he anticipates the new set will see a great deal of use.

Mr. McClintock began speaking with teachers and parents about ways to improve theplayground equipment three years ago, and over the course of a year they met with several different vendors to pick pieces.

A Playground Fundraising Committee, led by co-chairs Julie Maselko and Kim McFadden, raised about $80,000 during the past two years, including a $12,500 grant from state Rep. Matt Smith.

A dedication for the playground was held last Friday.

Kaitlynn Riely: or 412-263-1707.

Get Green

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

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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!

Artificial Grass for Playgrounds – Playground Safety Surface


Only Snider offer the best synthetic grass that gives you unmatched realism built on a proprietary technology platform that ensures quality from the ground up. With ourplayground safe artificial grass, the possibilites are endless.

Meet the new generation of playground surfaces! Playground Grass is lush, beautiful synthetic grass that is safe to play on, soft to fall on, and cost effective. Playground Grass offers many unique benefits, including:

  • A soft, cushioned play surface with fall zones safety-rated to 12 feet
  • An ADA accessible play surface
  • A consistent safety rating even after heavy use over time
  • Antimicrobial protection available for a cleaner, safer playground Call us at Snider & Associates for a playground site visit today! 1-800-888-2889