In the News

In the News

IPEMA and the Voice of Play Board of Advisors have been making exciting news lately ... read more about it below!

IPEMA Featured in Playground Magazine Reporting on State of the Industry

IPEMA Marketing Committee Chair Tom Norquist and members Robert Heath and Keith Sacks contributed to Playground Magazine's Fall 2011 "State of the Industry" article.

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Voice of Play Board Members Report on ASTM Changes

Voice of Play Board of Advisors members Teri Hendy and Ken Kutska wrote "Updated ASTM F1487 Standard Raises the Bar to keep Children Safe While at Play" in Playground Magazine's Fall 2011 issue.

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IPEMA featured in Recreation Management safety article

IPEMA Marketing Committee Chair Tom Norquist and Board of Advisors member Teri Hendy were quoted in Recreation Management's September 2011 issue, in an article titled, "Playgrounds: Safety & Maintenance Go Hand-in-Hand."

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Voice of Play Featured in Playground Magazine article on Conference on the Value of Play

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Playground Experts Highlight Safety Tips for Parents during National Playground Safety Week (April 25-29)

Playground Experts Highlight Safety Tips for Parents during National Playground Safety Week (April 25-29)

 

Harrisburg, Pa. – Pointing to free play on a playground as a way for kids to gain the obesity-fighting benefits of traditional exercise, without being perceived as a chore, the country’s leading playground safety certification organization urged parents to recognize the importance of providing an hour of free play outdoors in a safe play environment during National Playground Safety Week (April 25-29). Knowing that free, unobstructed play on playgrounds gives kids tremendous benefits for their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development, the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA), offered a list of key tips for families, caregivers and communities to help ensure safety on the playground.

“Playing on the playground is a simple, safer and meaningful way for kids to burn calories and interact with each other and nature, all while having the time of their lives,” said Tom Norquist, past president of IPEMA and leader of the Voice of Play advocacy initiative. “Every parent wants to encourage a healthy lifestyle for their families, especially their young children. Playgrounds offer an impactful one-two punch in helping to improve physical and overall mental health at the same time – and it’s free.”

  • Don’t forget what’s below your feet! Grass is not an acceptable surfacing for playgrounds. One of the leading causes of injury on playgrounds is falling from playground equipment. To minimize the frequency and severity of injury from playground falls, it is crucial to have certified playground surfacing, such as engineered wood fiber, poured-in-place or rubber mulch surfacing installed under and around the equipment on any public playground. This surfacing can be certified through IPEMA to have sufficient depth or thickness to minimize impact injuries from falls.   
  • Be an advocate for safety standards. Playground equipment and surfacing have been carefully evaluated by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). The standards set by these organizations help ensure that playground equipment and surfacing is age appropriate and designed with the measurement of children’s physical dimensions, skills and abilities in mind. IPEMA runs an industry-leading certification program to test and validate playground equipment and surfacing to meet the applicable ASTM playground safety standards.
  • Proper installation makes the difference!  Playground equipment should be installed by individuals experienced in equipment assembly and knowledgeable about the environment surrounding the playground, including soil, drainage and the use of other construction materials, tools, equipment and machinery. Many manufacturers of playground equipment can provide certified installers, or the International Playground Contractors Association can provide a list of qualified contractors.
  • Check, re-check and then check again. Once the equipment and surfacing are installed, have a post-installation safety audit performed by a person certified in playground safety prior to use. This audit will determine if any equipment or surfacing is non-compliant and will help prioritize any issues that should be corrected before the playing begins. Proper installation also includes posting signage about the age-appropriateness of specific equipment and warnings to make sure the equipment is not too hot to play on, warnings about not wearing bic

Voice of Play Featured in LASN Magazine

The Voice of Play is featured in the November 2010 issue of Landscape Architect and Specifier News for an article titled, "LEEDership in Playground Development."

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Voice of Play, a Play Advocacy Initiative, Launches National Play Week June 20-26, Encouraging Americans to Get Out and Play

New website provides information and inspiration to help ensure an enriching play experience for children, caregivers, families and communities

 

 

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Voice of Play Statement in Support of "Let's Move!" Campaign Against Childhood Obesity

 

        The Voice of Play, a play advocacy initiative of the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) commends First Lady Michelle Obama for initiating the “Let’s Move” campaign against childhood obesity.

        Playgrounds and playing help reduce childhood obesity and have many different social, cognitive and emotional benefits. Parents are urged to sign the Voice of Play’s Parent Play Pledge, downloadable at www.voiceofplay.org, and commit to make outdoor free play every day. Visit the Voice of Play for more information about the importance of free play and for resources available to families, schools and communities. Parents can also become a fan of The Voice of Play on Facebook.

USA Today -- April 22, 2010

USA Today article quoting Voice of Play Board of Advisor Joe Frost talking about natural play spaces

Playground Safety Week news release

Top 5 tips for playground safety

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Exceptional Parent series on Play - January/February 2009


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Exceptional Parent series on Play -- October 2008


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Recreation Management - Safe Surfacing - September 2008

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Recreation Management - Interview with Board - August 2008


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Exceptional Parent Series on Play - June 2008


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Recreation Management January 2008

Click here to see Board of Advisors member Joe Frost featured in Recreation Management's January 2008 issue.

http://www.recmanagement.com/200801fe01.php

Voice of Play featured in Today's Playground

Click here to see feature coverage of the Voice of Play Web site in the March/April 2007 issue of Today's Playground.

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Recreation Management May 2007 Guest Column

Click here to read Voice of Play Board of Advisors Member Joe Frost and IPEMA President Tom Norquist's Guest Column for Recreation Management, "The Importance of Play."

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Landscape Architect and Specifier News August 2006

LASN features IPEMA's Voice of Play Initiative

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Parks & Rec Business Feature May 2007

Click here to read Voice of Play Board of Advisors Member Monty Christiansen's feature article, "Playground Best Practices: 11 steps to a successful playground."

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Parks & Rec Business Feature November 2007

Click here to read a feature on IPEMA member TotTurf's work in their local community.

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School Administrator Magazine November 2007 Guest Column

Click here to read "Recess and the Accountability Movement" by Voice of Play 2007 Board of Advisors member Dr. John Sutterby.

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Today's Playground December 2006

IPEMA's new Board of Advisors is featured in Today's Playground

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Foxnews.com August 2006

IPEMA President Tom Norquist is featured in an article regarding the importance of both safety and brain development in play.

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Recreation Management January 2007

IPEMA's Voice of Play Board of Advisors member Dr. Fran Wallach is featured in Recreation Management's January article on playground safety measures.

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Landscape Architect and Specifier News December 2006

IPEMA's Voice of Play Initiative is featured as part of LASN's "2006 Shows Increased Advocacy for Play and Playgrounds" article.

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