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The Habitat Systems team continues to assist in the creation of outdoor spaces that everyone can enjoy. Our team has transitioned to work processes that are in-line with all government recommendations, including social distancing, during this health crisis.
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Endless formations of fun are rooted in the new geometric playscapes of Hedra™, Hedra Scout and Hedra Towers. These tessellated shapes create playful pods that link together, forming a fascinating interconnected matrix of three dimensional play.
With multiple options at any given point, each move says “YES, AND let’s see what happens next.” This type of wayfinding encourages improvisation, sparking cognitive and imaginative exploration. One day kids may find themselves climbing through a treehouse in the jungle, the next day playing three-dimensional tag or scaling a mastodon.
We took the most popular Netplex® components and added new opportunities for height that everyone can enjoy. Choose from four preconfigured Super Netplex designs that can take kids up to 12 feet high – including kids of all abilities. The center spiral belting with grippy texture provides an easy way for everyone to climb to the top for a whooshy ride down one or more slides. Now everyone can enjoy the spectacular view from up top while those watching below have perfect sightlines to all the activity. With lots of climbing, spinning, bouncy fun and plenty of places to hang out, any one of these playstructures will be a super addition to your playground.
Take a spin, or just relax in the comfortable seat with the new Chill™ Spinner. The stainless steel frame and textured black belting offer a designer look, yet a comfortable and secure ride. The spinning motion offers vestibular stimulation and helps kids understand centrifugal force and cause-and-effect.
Add a designer look to any play space with the stainless steel Curva™ Spinner. This exciting piece was created to be used by one child or a group of kids. The spinning motion adds a fun play factor and helps kids develop better depth perception and balance.
The Curva™ Spinner is a beautiful and fun addition to any play space with endless colour choices. One child or multiple kids can ride around and around to experience the exhilarating spinning sensation. It offers vestibular stimulation and promotes experimentation with centrifugal force and cause-and-effect.
Take a spin on the Chill™ Spinner or just relax in its comfortable seat. The textured rubber belting creates a comfortable and secure ride for all kids to enjoy! The spinning motion offers vestibular stimulation and helps kids understand centrifugal force and cause-and-effect.
Musical instruments offer a unique way for kids and adults to be creative and express themselves both physically and emotionally. It is joy that can be heard or felt, whether it is bold or subtle, composed or random. Several new instruments have been added to the existing collection including the new Cascata Bells, Tongue Drum and the Vibra Chimes.
The unique look of the new Crab Trap™ will become a statement piece allowing kids to reach exciting new heights in play. This exciting net climbing structure adds visual appeal to any playground and accommodates lots of kids all at once, offering a plethora of opportunities to climb, crawl and hang out. Attack the Crab Trap from the inside or the outside, the options are endless. Kids decide how to maneuver from one challenge to the next, for open-ended play experiences that excite creativity and critical decision-making.
This patent pending next-generation merry-go-round offers plenty of space for more kids of all abilities to play and interact together. Strategic seating areas leave ample room for wheelchairs, including those without a wheel-locking mechanism allowing for everyone to enjoy the spinning fun. Once aboard, the integrated roof provides shade, and everyone faces the center so they can easily share smiles, laughter and conversation while in orbit.
These new playable art pieces are sure to be the talk of the town! Landscape Structures’ Alpha Link Towers allow kids to scale the outside or climb inside reaching the fully enclosed 12′ deck for an amazing view. The elevated crawl tunnel provides an up-high scramble from one tower to the other.
With the Smart Play: Nook and Loft came a new way for little ones to have fun on the playground. Landscape Structures has expanded on that idea with the Smart Play Centre. The addition of the Smart Play: Market Place and the Smart Play: Fire Station is exciting in itself, but being able to attach them to create the Smart Play Centre is truly innovative.
Landscape Structures knows that inclusive means more than accessible, and that’s why they’re proud to introduce the Sensory Tunnel. The tunnel gives kids of all abilities a sensory-rich experience filled with colour, light, and texture through a mix of materials. And yes, they’re accessible too!
Playgrounds are an essential part of any school experience for a child. Outdoor activities and social interactions between children on the playground encourage physical and social skills and is an essential part of their development.
Funding for playgrounds can be a long process but the Government of Alberta has some exciting news. Over the next four years, the Province is committing $20 million to help build school playgrounds throughout Alberta!
Each school recipient will be awarded with a $250,000 grant to help make their playground dreams become a reality. The grants will be available to all new school constructions between 2014-2018.
Check out the links below to learn more about this opportunity for new Alberta schools!
The children of Abbotsford have a new playground to be excited about! Not only is it an exciting place space complete with challenging climbing components, the Global Motion (a rotating net climber), the popular ZipKrooz line and so much more, but it is a memorial playground. The Fire Fighter’s Memorial Playground is a dedication to all firefighters, honouring first responders for their hard work, as well as remembering those who have died. This is made aware to visitors with a greeting sign that reads, “A Fireman’s Prayer”. In addition, regimental numbers have been placed on either side of the fire truck structure remembering two firefighters who lost their lives to cancer.
This playground is a tribute and an amazing way to honour Firefighter’s for the daily sacrifices they make to keep our communities safe.
Landscape Structures is excited to announce the newest collection to the Rhapsody line, introducing new musical instruments targeting 2-5 year olds. This new equipment is within reach for the little ones, allowing them to explore their musical abilities and create new sounds. These components are ideal for preschools, child care centres and other early childhood facilities.
These new Rhapsody instruments include drums, chimes to bing and bong their way along, and metallophones – the perfect musical additions to any play space!
Landscape Structures Launches Shaped by Play Scholarship
To help build the leaders of tomorrow Landscape Structures has launched the Shaped By Play Scholarship. A child (elementary, middle or high school students) needs to be nominated by a Kiwanis member, school principal or parks and recreation director.
Scholarships are available in amounts between $250 and $3,000. Funds can be used for camps, sports clinics, piano lessons, art classes and more. Complete the application by providing contact details for yourself and the nominee (child), sharing how the scholarship dollars will be used and the cost of the program. During the application be prepared to answer 3 short questions about how the nominee is shaped by play.
Dero wants to spice up your bike parking with new custom bike racks! The Icon Hitch is perfect for coffee shops, restaurants and so much more! With 8 different designs to choose from they all make a statement!
These frequently requested designs are now readily available with a faster lead time and an affordable price.
First choose your powder coat colour, then pick the design that perfectly suits your space.
Are there play opportunities in your community? Do your children have to travel for miles to go somewhere to play? BCAA wants to award three communities with a $100,000 grant to help build safe play spaces for your families. Deadline to apply is April 13th. Don’t miss this opportunity!!! Call us today at 1.866.422.4828 to learn how we can assist with your application.
Looking to complete your space with some trendy site furnishing additions? Habitat Systems are distributors of Victor Stanley’s site furnishing products and we would be happy to assist you. Victor Stanley offers a complete line of products that will withstand the test of time due to their high quality, manufacturing and design techniques. They have everything you’re looking for from benches and picnic tables, to bike racks and litter receptacles.
Take a look at some of their newest trends and collections:
The abstract, geometric designs of GeoPlex™ deliver climbing fun for kids ages 5 to 12. GeoPlex climbing panels come together in so many different ways—climbers, towers, towers with nets and more—to create endless patterns of visual and physical texture. Built-in hand- and foot-holds accommodate plenty of active kids and strategically placed holes provide excellent sightlines.
Two new Smart Play® playstructures will take kids from early crawling exploration on up to active climbing and social play. That’s because Smart Play: Nook is for kids ages 6 to 23 months, and Smart Play: Loft is for kids ages 2 to 5 years. Together, they span a critical period of childhood development, making these Smart Play playstructures ideal for childcare centers, schools and neighborhood playgrounds. Little ones can grow up with these matching playstructures as each provides age-appropriate play activities that inspire continued physical, mental and social growth.
Many of our most important life lessons and skills were learned on the playground when we were kids. That’s why we work so hard to bring play to all children – to make sure our children grow up happy, healthy and engaged in their community. #shapedbyplay
We’re proud to be one of Landscape Structures representatives, they’re leading the way in innovation, quality and design in our industry and it makes a world of difference for our kids. Want to see how? check out their latest video!
Over the past few years the annual Aviva Community Fund program has been assisting groups with making their playground dreams come true. Habitat Systems is proud to have worked with schools who were recipients in receiving funding for their projects.
Habitat Systems is honoured to be working with the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, who manage the Victoria provincial courthouse grounds – former location of “Tent City” – to develop the Victoria Courthouse Playground.
The Tent City project is a redevelopment project at the Victoria provincial courthouse grounds, which previously had been occupied as a homeless camp. Once the province was able to provide housing to every resident formerly at that location, plans to clean up the site were put into action. New and exciting playground equipment was planned to revitalize the site.
Students in the surrounding area have been eagerly awaiting the new playground and were asked to provide input on their favourite playground components. The new Global Motion (pictured above) by Landscape Structures was a clear winner in the voting process. This new playground and park will create a positive gathering place on the Victoria Courthouse grounds for children and adults of all abilities and ages. Installation is planned for March 2017. Stay tuned for more on this exciting project.
Habitat Systems was happy to work with Urban Systems to create a natural play space at the Fort St. John’s Child Development Centre. This natural inspired space takes a step back from a typical child’s playground of monkey bars and swings and focuses on the natural elements by incorporating logs and wooden structures to reconnect children with nature through play.
Shasta McCoy, a Landscape Architect from Urban Systems has worked on multiple natural play projects, and states that “As humans we’re just drawn to natural spaces. I love the very beginning of these projects, when you sit down to work and realize the possibilities are kind of endless. Your mind goes in all directions and there’s so much opportunity for creativity and exploration.”
Introducing the Victor Stanley Relay™ Sensor and Service, which continuously monitors fill level. But that’s just the beginning. Powered by our Street Level Sensing™ technology, Relay also…
• Continuously monitors fill level, weight, location and collection status
• Tracks location via GPS, so you always know where receptacles were moved and where they belong
• Allows you to log on and view collection data in real-time and historically
• Boosts efficiency in planning, scheduling and routing collections
• Saves an estimated 20-40% in collection expenses
• Is built for reliability and durability, along with everything we manufacture
Victor Stanley Relay™ uses technology, sensors and web services which we designed, built, and own, so you can rely on our product whether you retrofit Relay or make it part of your new receptacle orders.
Contact Us today for more information on this cutting edge product.
Global Motion™ is Launched Today. New climbing structure accommodates large groups of kids while remaining easy-to-turn
Global Motion™ is a freestanding, rotating climber that welcomes entire groups of children aboard for a fully-inclusive, multisensory experience. Even when loaded with kids, Global Motion remains easy to turn and control thanks to a patent-pending progressive resistance mechanism which keeps things rotating at fun, yet controllable speed.
Children who love to climb and turn now have infinite play possibilities in their reach. Sensory-rich activities like Global Motion help children develop the skills necessary to engage, change and impact the world around them. In particular, playground activities with motion provide a fun way for kids to develop better depth perception, balance and cause-and-effect skills.
The Ultra Space Saver provides easy and ample space for u-lock security on nearly any bike, including bikes with fenders. Thanks to design enhancements, the double-sided Ultra Space Saver parks more than double the capacity of a standard bike rack.
Community Playground Build at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Schools
What a whirlwind of a week! On June 24th and June 25th, 2013 over 150 Circle K International (CKI) volunteers from all over North America set out to build two new playgrounds for Sir Wilfrid Laurier Elementary and Sir Wilfrid Laurier Annex. A lot of rain and even more mud didn’t stop these volunteers from getting the job done and the wet weather definitely did not dampen their spirits. It takes a very special group of people to show up on site in the pouring rain with smiles on their faces, full of motivation and support. The playground build was a truly inspiring scene and Habitat Systems feels so proud to have been involved in such a meaningful project. We would like to thank everyone from CKI, Kiwanis, Landscape Structures, theVancouver School Board and the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Schools and PAC members who were out there every day in full support of the project and willing to lend a helping hand.
The projects came to a close on Thursday, June 27, 2013 with ribbon cutting ceremonies at both schools. The principal, Janet Souther and Vice Principal, Rosie Poetschke gave wonderful speeches, expressing their gratitude to everyone who made these projects possible. The ribbons were cut, marking the official grand opening of the two playgrounds on the very last day of school before summer holidays. The Sir Wilfrid Laurier students and surrounding communities have two beautiful new playgrounds to play on this summer and the timing couldn’t have been better!