SOURCE: Playworld


September 15, 2015 09:00 ET

Playworld Unites Play and Sculpture With Launch of PlayForm 7

Experience the Equipment That Is Part Public Art, Part Playground at NRPA Congress and Expo in Booth #1822

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - Sep 15, 2015) - Playworld, a leading playground equipment manufacturer committed to saving outdoor unstructured play, today announced PlayForm 7, its new piece of play sculpture, at the annual National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Congress and Exposition in Las Vegas. Now available for purchase, PlayForm 7 demonstrates a shift in playground design and is meant to get people thinking, talking, sharing ideas and engaging in outdoor spaces in new and meaningful ways. The play sculpture can easily become a focal point of any park, helping to make an impactful statement in any community. 

Adults and kids can sit, stand, climb, hide, balance, crawl under, or lay within the collection of deconstructed spaces. The equipment includes innovative materials, such as flex treads -- a durable, slip-resistant material that encourages movement, improves climbing challenges and invites exploration. The structure is also available with laminated bamboo, a non-traditional playground material that offers additional visual and tactile appeal. 

"Play is at peril and we must continue to rethink play design to entice today's children to get outdoors and play," said Greg Harrison, chief marketing officer for Playworld. "NRPA attendees understand this challenge firsthand. We believe PlayForm 7 offers a new take on play by leveraging public art as a means to reunite communities. This product creates an intriguing and inclusive backdrop where individuals can gather, play, discover and enjoy being together on their own terms, in their own way."

Visitors to Playworld's booth (#1822) will have the opportunity to experience PlayForm 7 firsthand. The aesthetically pleasing play sculpture, designed for children 5-12, provides a strong visual impact and is inspired by landscapes with peaks and valleys, inviting exploration. The product offers a landscape of 20 play elements with the appeal of art. PlayForm 7 provides tactile, sensory and motion play experiences for people of all ages and abilities. The hammock-style areas are perfect for rest and relaxation. An open design allows access from every angle and supports over 60 kids at a time. 

"PlayForm 7 attracts people's sense of wonder," said Michael Laris, chief product officer at Playworld. "PlayForm 7 is designed with an intentional hierarchy of material and form -- strong, straight steel pipes, swaying slack lines of rubber flex treads, laminated bamboo or translucent colored panels, and a touch of rope that offers an extra handhold when needed. Each material is respected and deliberately detailed for easy assemble and maintenance."

To learn more about PlayForm 7, watch this video

Play sculpture and new parklets (a term used to describe the process of converting a parking space into a small public park) are factors helping to make parks relevant in today's ever-changing culture. Playworld's research manager, Ian Proud, will be giving a talk to NRPA attendees entitled, "Making Parks Relevant," on Tuesday, September 15 at 1pm PST. Proud will discuss ways to make parks a priority and help to save play. For more information, visit the NRPA website

About Playworld
Playworld believes The World Needs Play®. Play is vital to everyone's health and well-being. It's something you are never too young or too old to enjoy. We develop playground environments where creativity is king, belly laughs are welcome and children make the rules. Playworld's equipment are designed to unleash the transformational power of play so bodies grow stronger, children play safely and imagination can take flight. For more than 40 years, Playworld has created innovative, inclusive and meaningful outdoor play experiences for all ages and abilities. Come play with us

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