SOURCE: Playworld Systems Inc.

Playworld Systems Inc.

January 25, 2011 09:39 ET

Playworld Systems Introduces AeroGlider -- A Sensory Motion Product That Encourages Inclusive Play

Product Demonstrates Playground Manufacturer's Continued Commitment to Developing Accessible Products and Activities

LEWISBURG, PA--(Marketwire - January 25, 2011) - Playworld Systems, a leading manufacturer of imaginative playground equipment, today announced the launch of AeroGlider, the industry's most inclusive motion play product. The standalone product brings the fun of the amusement park to the playground and is designed for use by kids and adults of all ages and abilities.

"The benefits of this new product are invaluable," said Kevin Cook, director of sales for Playworld Systems. "We know from our on-the-ground research that diverse group play teaches children the lifelong sharing, negotiation and conflict resolution skills they need to be socially adjusted adults. This product encourages cooperation and teamwork among children and adults of all ages and abilities." 

The product's inclusive design provides endless hours of action and entertainment. The unique stepping platform on both ends provides an opportunity for more kids to play and increases the motion and fun. High rear rails allow adults to assist with the gliding motion while experiencing the enjoyment themselves. The interior includes a full five-foot wheelchair turning radius, providing enough room for two wheelchair users to sit side-by-side. There are also couches on each end so that all users can enjoy the swaying motion. A center table also provides comfort-grip handholds.

"Outdoor playground equipment plays a critical role in the social development of all children. I'm especially excited about the AeroGlider because now children in wheelchairs can enjoy the thrilling sensation of swaying -- and even generate movement -- without having to transfer out of their chair," said Mara Kaplan, founder of Let Kids Play!, a partner organization to Playworld Systems that specializes in designing play spaces for children with special needs. "Previously, children in wheelchairs could only pull up to ground-level, static pieces of equipment such as play panels and accessible diggers. The AeroGlider adds another dimension to playground fun for these children."

For more information about AeroGlider go to www.playworldsystems.com

About Playworld Systems, Inc.
Playworld Systems, a third-generation family-owned company headquartered in Lewisburg, Pa., has been a leader in imaginatively designed and customized commercial recreation and playground equipment for more than 30 years. With the belief that The World Needs Play®, Playworld Systems creates equipment that brings the joy of play to people of every age through such innovative product lines as ENERGI, LifeTrail® Advanced Wellness System, Playworld™ PlayDesigns®, and NatureForms. Playworld Systems has invested significant resources to measurably reduce its carbon footprint, from eliminating PVCs to enhancing its waste management and recycling programs. In fact, Playworld Systems is the first major U.S. playground manufacturer to remove 99.999 percent of PVC from its products.

The company has received numerous awards throughout the years, including two International Industrial Design Excellence Awards, a gold medal from International Design magazine, two News Directors' Choice Awards on Early Childhood, and the Pennsylvania Governors' Award for Safety Excellence. Along with these awards, Playworld Systems was a consultant to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board). For more information, visit www.PlayworldSystems.com.

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