Playright 30th Anniversary Charitable Gala Dinner

On Friday 12th January 2018, Parks Supplies were delighted to be gold table sponsors, donating and supporting Playright’s 30th Anniversary Charitable Gala Dinner. What a fun and memorable evening it was!

Mr Franky Choi – Chairman of Parks Supplies Company Limited (Left) Dr CB Chow, BBS, JP – Chairperson of Playright (Middle) Ms Sabrina Lee Choi – Executive Committee Member of Playright and Play Environment Committee Member of Playright (Right)

Cake cutting celebration with Guest of Honour Dr Edward Leong Che-hung, GBM, GBS, JP, Chairperson of Playright Dr CB Chow, BBS, JP, Executive Committee Members and the Gala Dinner Organising Committee Members

For those who haven’t heard about the charity Playright Children’s Play Association (Playright), here is a summary of their beliefs and their works.

Below are some interesting facts behind the name Playright!

If you’d like to learn more about Playright visit their website at http://www.playright.org.hk

If you’d like to view Playright’s Annual Report 2016/17 visit this link http://playright.synology.me/2017_12/Playright_Annual_Report_2017.pdf

Images found in Playright's Annual Report 2016/17
Images found in Playright's Annual Report 2016/17
Images found in Playright's Annual Report 2016/17

Get Up onto the Roof!

Creating Urban Play Spaces.

Park ‘n’ Play in Copenhagen by Berliner

The 21st century is already proving to be the century of urbanisation. Roofs offer important potential for creating such play areas. Despite the trend towards greater urban density, the installation of play equipment at roof level opens up urban spaces and adds another dimension of functionality to buildings in the process.

Skyline Plaza in Frankfurt a. M. by Berliner

Every roof project requires an individual solution. The principal question at the start of every roof project is to what extent the existing roof structure may be modified. Can the play equipment be attached to the existing roof structure directly?

Berliner’s Creative Center has developed a wide variety of roof installation techniques, enabling their play components to be installed without the need for deep concrete foundations. Whether it be a single item of play equipment, entire climbing landscapes or individually tailored solutions, nearly any playground design can be realised up on the roof.

School Grounds in Copenhagen

The grounds of a school in Copenhagen’s modern Sydhaven quarter consists of a combination of “Terranos net landscapes” built across three different roof levels. In this case, it was not possible for Berliner to sink the foundations to the usual depth. To overcome this obstacle and enable the 63 posts to be installed on the roof, special cylinder-shaped foundation elements were anchored into the surface construction. The Terranos posts were inserted into these, before being covered with a dual-component quartz-sand resin. In this way, the play structure could be sturdily anchored onto the surface of the roof. The entire foundation construction was then skillfully hidden from view by the green EPDM soft impact surface.

At Parks Supplies, we have been creating playgrounds and fitness areas on roofs for many years. Similar to Berliner, we sometimes have to modify structures to make them applicable to the environment. Here are some of roof projects:

Canadian International School of Hong Kong (Click the image above for more information)

The Repulse Bay Clubhouse (Click the image above for more information)

On Shing Terrace, Taikoo Shing (Click the image above for more information)

Have a rooftop playground idea that needs help bringing to life. Big or small, give us a call, we’re always happy to hear from you. Or if you’d like to learn more about Berliner Seilfabrik, we will be delighted to share more information with you too.

LET ALL KIDS PLAY IN PERFECT HARMONY, PLAYWORLD – CONCERTO

If you’d like to learn more about Playworld Concerto, we will be delighted to share more information with you too.

SCULPTURAL, PLAYFUL ART PIECE IN SOUTH PARK, SAN FRANCISCO

Inspiration of the Month from Berliner Seilfabrik!
South Park in San Francisco, California (USA)

South Park, San Francisco’s oldest public park, is a unique and historical area. The Recreation Park Department, South Park Improvement Association, park neighbours and community leaders wanted to restore it to its original glory.

Fletcher Studio Landscape Architecture, an award-winning landscape architecture firm, was commissioned to develop a master plan for the park, bringing the revitalized vision to reality. The new design can be described as a contemporary interpretation of the English strolling garden.

One striking addition: a custom universal play area with undulating forms both in structure and in the mounded surface. This flowing contemporary design by Fletcher and the custom designed structure by Berliner makes it a truly one-of-a-kind design.

From a bird’s eye view, the play structure appears to be a perfect circle. From an elevation view, you see the undulations and curvatures.

David Yosso, President of Specified Play Equipment Company and Berliner’s exclusive representative for Northern California, calls the South Park design a “sculptural, playful art piece designed for all ages and imaginations.”

The undulating curvatures rise from two feet to 10 feet with no visible upright posts. All posts, six of them, are below grade. The mounding underneath the playground follows the curvature of the equipment, effectively hiding the upright posts and making the structure appear to float.

The different types of nets offer various degrees of challenge with plenty of footing and handholds for children to safely climb up and down, horizontally and vertically. Net climbers offer visual transparency, keeping sight lines open.

The modern, almost industrial color choice reinforces the concept that this is more than a playground; it is almost like public art, complementing the many tech-related and design companies that call South Park home.

Play elements integrated into the flowing design include a banister, which provides an elegant alternative to a slide, and a multi-user, accessible saucer swing.

The playground provides a distinctive landmark; however, South Park is more than a playground. It provides a lesson in redesigning a public space; combining the play value needed by children with the aesthetic appeal and style desired by adults – making it the perfect place for the whole family.

Have a custom playground idea that needs help bringing to life. Big or small, give us a call, we’re always happy to hear from you. Or if you’d like to learn more about Berliner Seilfabrik, we will be delighted to share more information with you too.

WATER PLAY, FUN PLAY!

PLAY, SOCIALISE OR JUST CONTEMPLATE WITH THE MULTI-AWARD WINNING VORTEX INTERNATIONAL’S WATER JOURNEY™

Voted by readers as one of the industry’s best products, Water Journey provides landscape architects and designers new opportunities to create multi-generational inclusive play and relaxation areas. Created to imitate nature’s flowing streams, Water Journey’s collection of four events provide both an interactive experience for children and a communal meeting place for parents as they gather to play, socialize or just contemplate or watch water on its journey downstream.

Water Journey™ aquatic play solution, has won a 2016 MVP Award from Aquatics International Magazine.

Water Journey has received tremendous recognition already. In 2015, it received a GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awardand a Good Design Award by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies.

INTRODUCING THE LATEST ADDITION:
THE WATER JOURNEY PUMP

The Water Journey pump has been redesigned with a press button system.

HIGHLIGHTS

    • Easy and intuitive activation by a light press with no pinch point
    • Simpler mechanism minimizes wear
    • Less hardware for an easier installation
    • Vandal resistant polymer press button

Water Journey™ Multiple Events Configuration

We’re always happy to hear from you. If you’d like to learn more about Water Journey™, we will be delighted to share more information with you.

SUMMER IS APPROACHING, IT’S TIME TO GET THOSE TURFS LOOKING GREAT

Why Parks Supplies is a fan of the 4G (non-filled) Multi-Purpose Turf and cheering for it…

It can be played on all year round and isn’t susceptible to weather.
Artificial turf is durable. It can be played on more frequently and for longer, unlike a natural pitch it deteriorates after 250 hours of play.

4G non-filled turf

3G in-filled turf

Being a non-filled turf has its bonuses, as it requires little maintenance and has little spillage unlike the 3G in-filled turf. There will be no rubber granules getting stuck inside your footwear or socks. There are also no footwear restrictions or unpleasant odours for the non-infilled turf.

4G turf is multi-purpose. It’s not just a sports pitch.

Great for various school activities, picnics, using the pitch as a playground at recess, community gatherings, sports days, or letting external club/ teams use the pitch for training and playing for all levels.

Here are some Greenfields 4G turf pitches we have built.

Wah Yan College, Kowloon (Yau Ma Tei, KLN), Aug 2014 | 5,500 sqm

Skypitch, Kellett School (Kowloon Bay, KLN), Nov 2013 | 3,400 sqm

La Salle College (Kowloon Tong, KLN), Aug 2009 | 7,200 sqm

We don’t just leave you after we have installed your 4G turf. Our after-sales service is just as equally as important. We will help train and demonstrate to the relevant people on how to maintain the turf and how to use the maintenance machinery.

We’re always happy to hear from you. If you’d like to hear more about 4G turf, we will be delighted to explain further. Our technical and installation team have so much knowledge to share!

PLAYWORLD – QUBITS™ FOR BEGINNER CLIMBERS

QuBits™ are climbing structures specially designed for ages 2-5 which encourages children to test their limits and challenge their imagination as they climb, jump, perch, balance and hide. QuBits™ aren’t just for play—they serve as the literal building blocks for life by supporting all aspects of child development.

Ledges provide areas for little toes and fingers to help them climb, discover and gain a sense of accomplishment. Ledges around cube edges and treads on top ensure safer, confident play for beginning climbers.

  • Enables kids to easily assume a 3-point climbing stance for balance and safety
  • Fosters imaginative play and creates social opportunities where kids work together to establish rules, manage conflict and learn
  • Allows children and caregivers to play and interact with each other
  • Provides easy access to highest point when caregiver assistance is needed
Mini Mountains climbing

HERE ARE 8 DIFFERENT STYLES OF QuBits™ WITH MANY KINDS OF COLOR AVAILABLE:

Islands
Go island hopping among these three QuBits clusters! Take a flying leap over the sea or sit to watch the waves roll in.

Hillocks
A dense, large footprint of QuBits. Lots of little hills that vary in height let you survey the land and dare you to jump

Mini Mountains
The most massive QuBits configuration. Conquer the climb to the four-block-high peaks or hide away in the valley’s secret caves.

Blockfield
A perfect patch for our younger blocksters. Stand alone in the spotlight, navigate the perimeter, or just sit and relax.

Drift
Plenty of seats for the whole gang! Lay low on the small dunes or venture along the narrow bridge.

Cliffs
It’s all about the challenge! Practice scaling a three-block peak, then hoist yourself up the steepest, four-block face.

Ridge
One continuous wall of QuBits. Explore around the base, hide in a cubby, travel along the crest, or perch alone at the top.

Knobs
Step up and step out. Separate clusters of one, two, and three-block-high QuBits provide a gradual climbing challenge and block-hopping fun.

QuBits can also be linked with play equipment:

See anything you like? Give us a call for a chat. We’re always happy to hear from you. If you’d like to learn more about Playworld, we will be delighted to share more information with you.

TWICE THE SOAKING POWER, TWICE THE FUN!

DISCOVER THE NEW VORTEX TWIN CANNON – A DOUBLE BLAST OF FUN.

Vortex’s new Twin Cannon offers two jets for a new take on our ever-popular water cannon. Twin jets create a unique tunnel effect for the user that adds a whole new dimension to competitive play. Easy-access design suits kids of all ages: they can stand behind or between the tubes giving them a commanding feel and unique soaking perspectives.

BAMBOO TWIN CANNON – VOR 7786

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Double the soaking power, double the fun!
  • Kids can stand behind or between the tubes giving them a commanding feel and unique soaking perspectives
  • Twin jets create a unique tunnel effect for the user that adds a whole new dimension to competitive play
  • Easy-access design suits kids of all ages

SOME TECHNOLOGY BENEFITS THAT MAKES US LIKE IT MORE…

SEEFLOW™

  • Impact-resistant polymer
  • Resistant to UV rays and chemicals
  • Colorful reflections are created with the combination of bright colors, water, and sunlight
  • Manufactured with up to 40% preconsumer recycled materials
  • Reusable at the end of life

TURNTEC™

  • Easy turning for kids of all ages and abilities
  • Lead-free brass for maximum durability – heat resistant
  • 360° rotation – no mechanical stops to break
  • Adjustable spray zone – control the area where water begins and stops
  • Corrosion and chemical resistant

TOEGUARD™

  • Soft-touch Elastomer
  • Protects children’s toes from anchoring hardware
  • Durable, vandal resistant, resistant to chemicals
  • Infused with a UV resistant bright color
  • Available in one or two pieces ensuring tight fit to post

We’re always happy to hear from you. If you’d like to learn more about Vortex International and their products, we will be delighted to share more information with you.

PLAYWORLD COLLABORATES WITH RICHARD DATTNER ARCHITECT/DESIGNER TO RECREATE HIS ICONIC PLAYCUBES™

1970: PlayCubes were manufactured and installed on playgrounds worldwide. 
Produced with fiberglass, they’re difficult and expensive to manufacture.

Forty-six years later, Playworld has collaborated with Richard Dattner to re-create PlayCubes to be more playable, ownable and enjoyable than ever. The distinctive form invites imagination and exploration with undefined paths and varying handholds for climbing.

Simple and irresistible, PlayCubes has been redesigned for even more physical, social and cognitive play value and engagement. Bringing a totally unique and innovative play design – ready for climbing, sliding, and discovering!

Play is the expression of human freedom
-Richard Dattner, FAIA

The striking sculptural form comes in five standard designs to inspire your creative ideas. There are endless design possibilities available with a large range of colours to make your PlayCubes more unique.

We’re always happy to hear from you. If you’d like to learn more about PlayCubes™, we will be delighted to share more information with you.

NEW SLEEK, CLEAN LINES AND WATER EFFECTS FROM VORTEX’S BAMBOO COLLECTION

DISCOVER THE REDESIGNED BAMBOO COLLECTION INSPIRED BY CITY LIFE

More interaction ‧ New water effects ‧ Sleek, clean lines

The Bamboo Collection features two new products: the Bamboo Ring with its captivating Sparkle water effect and the Bamboo Twin Cannon for double the soaking power! The rest of the collection has been enhanced with sleek, clean lines and new water effects offering a wide range of play experiences.

BAMBOO RING – VOR7787

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Two jets collide creating a refreshing cloud of droplets (Sparkle Water effect)
  • Rotating the ring transforms the sparkle effect into two linear jets for high play value through diverse sensory experiences
  • Showcases an oscillating water disk in its center for an immersive visual experience
  • Playing with and around the cloud of droplets promotes social interaction
  • Intuitive 360° rotation with no pinch point

BAMBOO TWIN CANNON – VOR7786

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Double the soaking power, double the fun!
  • Kids can stand behind or between the tubes giving them a commanding feel and unique soaking perspectives.
  • Twin jets create a unique tunnel effect for the user that adds a whole new dimension to competitive play.
  • Easy-access design suits kids of all ages.

SOME TECHNOLOGY BENEFITS THAT MAKES US LIKE IT MORE…

SEEFLOW™

  • Impact-resistant polymer
  • Resistant to UV rays and chemicals
  • Colorful reflections are created with the combination of bright colors, water, and sunlight
  • Manufactured with up to 40% preconsumer recycled materials
  • Reusable at the end of life

TURNTEC™

  • Easy turning for kids of all ages and abilities
  • Lead-free brass for maximum durability – heat resistant
  • 360° rotation – no mechanical stops to break
  • Adjustable spray zone – control the area where water begins and stops
  • Corrosion and chemical resistant

TOEGUARD™

  • Soft-touch Elastomer
  • Protects children’s toes from anchoring hardware
  • Durable, vandal resistant, resistant to chemicals
  • Infused with a UV resistant bright color
  • Available in one or two pieces ensuring tight fit to post

We’re always happy to hear from you. If you’d like to learn more about the enhanced Bamboo Collection, we will be delighted to share more information with you.