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Playground Surfacing Repair

Jim Loggie, a partner with Rubber Smart Surfacing (RSS), gives us a step-by-step guide to repairing your playground’s Poured-in-Place safety surfacing with the RSS Kit, now available from Total Playgrounds. In this guest blog, Jim details how Rubber Smart’s easy-to-apply formula will allow you to complete surfacing repairs in a timely and affordable way. With Jim’s expertise and the […]

Our favorite playground parts for DIY projects

If you read our big guide to do-it-yourself playset plans, you probably have some ideas cooking about your own backyard project. Whether you’re building a huge, multi-level fort, a treehouse, or just a simple rope and tire swing, we thought it might be helpful to provide a resource for some of our favorite parts you […]

Walk the line with Gibbons slacklines

If you have visited a pubic park or college campus on a nice day recently, you may have noticed a group of people walking on what looks like a tightrope strung between two trees. The activity known as “slacklining” has been gaining in popularity across the country, and it seems like we see more and […]

New product line: Plan it Play

plan it play diy fort

Plan it Play makes a great selection of “do it yourself” type playground kits, where they supply the essential hardware – brackets, safety handles, tarps, and various other bits and pieces. All you need to do is purchase the lumber and assemble the kit. They offer an affordable alternative that falls between the complete, all-in-one […]

How to build a tire swing + 5 free plans for your inspiration

tire fighter swing

When I see a big tree in someone’s backyard, one of the first things that comes to mind is where to hang a rope or tire swing from a branch. The tire swing represents a simple feature that’s big on fun and low on difficulty to build. Unlike other DIY playset projects, you can probably […]

The Ultimate Collection of Free DIY Outdoor Playset Plans

There are plenty of different playhouses and backyard playground sets to choose from in the stores today, but sometimes it is actually better to build this kind of thing on your own by following a detailed set of plans. Building a playset for your child or children brings with it many benefits. They’re scalable, so […]

How to build your own backyard zipline

secured zip line tree

When the time comes to install your own zip line, you want to be sure to take time to do it right to ensure lots of safe rides. Luckily, it’s not that hard to do. This guide will help explain some of the key steps involved. Step 1: Spec out anchor points The very first […]

“Map of Play” helps locate nearby playgrounds

Find nearby playground

It’s summer, and parents are looking for places to take their children to play outside. Children benefit from spending time outside and being active, but it’s not always easy to find a nearby playground. Often this involves digging around on your local/regional websites to look for information on the nearest playground; many of these sources […]

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