MARIETTA, GA – CNN aired a story this past weekend (as part of their 'Green Solutions' segment) on the use of recycled materials being used for playground projects. It shows the entire recycling process -- from collection, to manufacturing of equipment, to installation. The video aired throughout the weekend (April 24-26, 2009) at various times on CNN and Headline News
The video features Nike (Nike Grind playground surfacing) and EcoPlay Playgrounds from Safeplay Systems. EcoPlay Playgrounds are manufactured from post-consumer, recycled HDPE plastic (milk jugs).
Two of the playgrounds where filming took place were Carl Miller Park (Newnan, GA) and Freedom Park (Poncey-Highlands neighborhood in Atlanta) – both designed and manufactured by Safeplay Systems. The manufacturing shots were filmed at Safeplay Systems’ facility in Marietta, GA.
The Freedom Park playground was a community-build project that took place on Saturday, April 18. The Freedom Park Playground project was made possible through a grant from the Falcons Fit-N-Green Playground Initiative – which is a partnership between the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Nike and Safeplay Systems. Numerous other organizations also contributed to the playground, helping it to become a reality.
Safeplay Systems, based in Marietta, Georgia, was founded in 1989 by Bob Gredys. Working with one of the top polymer chemists in the country, Safeplay Systems introduce EcoPlay®. One of the strongest materials available, EcoPlay® is impermeable to water, cannot be eaten by insects, never needs painting or sealing, and it won’t splinter, crack, rust, swell or degrade in any way. EcoPlay Playgrounds are PVC-Free.
As the industry has evolved, new standards have been set for manufacturing and safety. Safeplay Systems has proudly been at the developmental forefront, meeting and exceeding standards set by CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), ASTM (American Standards for Testing and Materials), and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Safeplay Systems products are certified by IPEMA (International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association). In addition, all installations are supervised by a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) to assure compliance with all safety codes.
For more information on Safeplay Systems, please visit our website at www.safeplaysystems.com
Photos of the Freedom Park Playground build day and of the Carl Miller Park playground are available.
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