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Prepare for Shade before Sunshine Season Arrives!

Everyone is anxious to enjoy the outdoors as the warm weather approaches the Chicago, Illinois and Indiana area. However, it can be easy to forget the dangers of sun exposure when the kids are too busy having fun on the playground! Protecting against the sun’s harmful UV radiation is important for both children and adults alike. Parkreation is proud to offer the best commercial shade solutions from Shade Systems and ICON Shelters to make sure any outdoor area is properly covered and comfortable!

              Shade Systems offers the highest quality pre-manufactured fabric shade structures in a wide array of configurations. Featuring the patented Turn-N-Slide system, these shade canopies can easily be removed at the end of the Summer season. This helps protect your investment from the harsh Illinois and Indiana winters. Even better, that also means putting your shade canopy up at the start of the season is just as simple! Shade Systems offers some incredibly unique designs, such as their stunning Tornado® shade that beautifully arches over a seating area.

Shade Systems Tornado
Tornado Shades® by Shade Systems

              For permanent shade solutions, look no further. ICON Shelters has you covered! Known for their high-quality manufacturing and designs, ICON Shelters can create the new center-piece of your outdoor area. Whether it is a large gazebo or a simple arbor, a new shelter will not only provide shade but also a gathering place for people to relax and enjoy free from the sweltering sunshine. ICON Shelters come custom-made to your specifications to ensure a perfect match to your area and surrounding architecture.

              Everyone deserves a nice shady spot to get out of the sun on a hot day at the park or playground. Luckily, Parkreation can provide a wide variety of shade structures that will look as cool as the shade they provide! Both Shade Systems and ICON Shelters are two of the most respected and popular names in the industry. However, time is running out to get your shade ordered before the Summer begins! Be sure to contact Parkreation today to get started on your new shade project!

2019 Brings Exciting New Play Equipment from Little Tikes Commercial!

The new year brings brand new products to our lineup of Little Tikes Commercial Play Systems! Each year, our designers pull inspiration from kids’ imaginations and create new ways to play. 2019 is no different, bringing two unique new product lines to explore!

First up is PlayStax, a bold reimagining of traditional outdoor play equipment. Inspired by the make-shift forts and crafty clubhouses that kids make on their own, PlayStax brings the unpredictable and unbelievable together for new patterns of play. A single PlayStax unit can connect to our other Little Tikes Commercial products to provide a variety of traversal methods, or a tower of up to three PlayStax units can be stacked for the ultimate vertical adventure. Inside are up to six different “rooms”, such as a kitchen or an observatory, to spark social interaction and creativity. Mesh enclosures ensure that caregivers have lines of sight from outside the equipment, while allowing children to look out at the world as they climb higher.

Next up is Ancient Wonders, which brings the excitement of a jungle expedition to the playground! These massive “stone” structures are made of durable Polyfibercrete© and sealed with an acrylic coating to prevent vandalism. Also, beware of the giant snake that slithers beneath the surface, which provides a daring balance feature for the bravest of children. Ancient Wonders inspires the adventurous side in all of us!

Both PlayStax and Ancient Wonders equipment are now available for your next project! Please contact us to get the fun started!

New Playground at Jewett Park Preschool!

The kids at Jewett Park Preschool in Deerfield, Illinois are jumping with joy on their brand new playground! We recently finished replacing all of their old play equipment with some of our most exciting new components, including an orchestra of outdoor musical instruments from our Concerto line of Little Tikes Commercial products. Also in the play space is our unique Matrix net structure, in addition to more realistic Nu-Edge climbers like the Fun Rock! The new playground is fully ADA compliant, which makes sure that every preschooler can reach every play piece! Even in the snow, children were enjoying every second of their first opportunity to explore their new Little Tikes Commercial playground!

You can see more of our recently installed playgrounds here! 


Jewett Park Deerfield Little Tikes Playground

Jewett Park Preschool – Deerfield, IL

A New Inclusive Playground is Coming to Goshen, Indiana!

Fundraising continues for a brand new inclusive playground in Goshen, Indiana! Located at Hay Park off of State Road 119, “Kerry’s Kids Playground” will bring children of all abilities from the surrounding community together to play.

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman was inspired by a letter from a local Goshen High School student who wanted the needs of ALL members in the community to be heard. An inclusive playground does not just allow access for wheel-chair bound individuals, but accommodates a wide variety of abilities to ensure no child is excluded. Parents and family will also have the opportunity to participate in the play activities with their children as well. Giving the entire community a safe and accessible place to play will provide years of smiles and stories.

The best part is we are already well on our way to meeting our $50,000 fundraising goal on Patronicity!! If our goal is met by December 11th, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority has pledged to match the $50,000 with a grant! Parkreation is humbled and honored to be a part of such an important mission to bring fun to everyone. Find out how you can help make “Kerry’s Kids Playground” a reality by visiting the project’s Patronicity page today! 

You can also see some of our recent projects across Indiana here!

Unlimited Play has started at Oak Brook’s Sandlot!

Today is the official ribbon cutting for our new universal playground at Oak Brook’s Sandlot! Located at 1300 Forest Gate Rd., the playground brings children of all abilities and ages together to play. The park has a baseball theme, decked out with baseball toppers decorating the posts of the Little Tikes Commercial Nu-Edge play structure, along with a baseball diamond design in the Pro-Techs rubber surfacing. This playground is sure to make all kids feel like they hit a home-run!

WGN did a featured segment about the universal playground that you can view here.

Gurnee Gets the Fun Started!

Parkreation was happy to team up with the Gurnee Park District and Gurnee School District 56 to open a brand new playground at River Trail School! Through collaboration, the park district and school district were able to share the budget and give back to the kids of the community with a larger playground. The kids watched the playground being installed from the beginning, and could not wait to start playing on it at the ribbon-cutting ceremony!

Read more about River Trail School’s new playground in this Daily Herald article!