Outdoor Commercial Furniture

It’s Almost Picnic Table Season

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Picnic tables bring thoughts of warm weather and sunshine.

Picnic TableAs we say goodbye to the colder winter months, what better way to say hello to the unfolding warm season than by breaking bread outside with friends and co-workers? Whether young, old or somewhere in between, a picnic table is a visual and physical means of saying to someone, sit, enjoy and eat.

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Installing Bike Racks May Help to Improve Students’ Health Outcomes

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One easy and cost-effective way to improve your students’ health is to encourage bicycling.

School or City Bike Rack

Research has shown that almost half of all adolescents that actually use bicycles on a regular basis are less apt to be overweight throughout their adulthood. Of course in order to encourage bicycling among your student population, you’ll need to make your campus bike friendly first. A good way to start doing that is to install bike racks.

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Service Dogs Love To Go To These Doggy Playgrounds!

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We were recently introduced to a very special dog known as a “comfort dog” or a “therapy dog” and we were touched by the way these dogs interact with the people who need them.  Many times when people experience traumatic events, or even if we view those events on television, we can experience a sense of fear, feel sad and depressed and for some people, it can be difficult to open up and talk about their feelings.Dog Park Equipment

Of course, we know that being able to talk about how the trauma has effected us can help us process the sense of fear we sometimes feel. Expressing our feelings to a counselor or therapist can help us better understand those confusing feelings, like the feeling of helplessness when we realize there is nothing we can do.  This is especially true for people who view traumatic events from a distance. (continue reading…)

Playground Furniture and Activities for Kids

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Playground games have been around longer than the inception of the modern playground itself, and children have been playing some of the more popular playground games for years. Tag, kickball, dodgeball, hopscotch, and jump rope have remained long-standing favorites at recess.

Newer playground games such as tetherball, funnel ball, and four square may not be as time-tested, but they have still been favorites on many school playgrounds for a number of years. Today’s modern playgrounds have top-notch equipment, including sand & water tables, tricycles and trikes that entertain kids and keep them active.

Still, many kids today have never heard of Red Rover or freeze tag, and with the threat of recess being removed in many schools, these popular playground games could be lost forever.One of the most valuable things a child can learn from playground games is fairness. Many games and activities require taking turns, and thus give a group of children a chance to work out a fair way to play. Encouraging kids to be fair and take turns often requires adult input, but most kids catch on quickly.
In many schools, the physical education teacher introduces kids to playground games like kickball, freeze tag, and four square. If you live in an area where recess time is threatened, address your local school board or administration. As the obesity rate among youth continues to rise, active play time is the last thing that kids should be without. If you can volunteer to teach kids some of the traditional playground games you used to play, it might renew a sense of physical activity and fun at your school or neighborhood park. Even if you don’t have kids in school, but are seeing a decline in active participation games and activities in your local schools, consider donating playground equipment such as playground hanging fence easels, outdoor benches, picnic tables, and expanded metal trash cans to keep the area clean. These are all inexpensive items, but they are sometimes overlooked as non-essential in schools facing budget cuts. Keeping kids active and playing is essential to their health and development.

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