Meet the Parkreation Team!
Parkreation started in 1995 with a simple mission to build exciting playgrounds for children in the Chicagoland community.
Since then we have grown to develop countless amazing outdoor recreation areas across Illinois and Indiana. Our product lines have expanded to include shades, shelters, and safety surfacing along with other site amenities. Parkreation is family owned and operated, and our team works together to provide our customers with the best products and customer service possible. Whether we are working with a park district, school, or independent organization, we promise to be transparent with our pricing and offer only the equipment ideal for your project and area. We will pair you with one of our local sales representatives to ensure someone is there to meet with you, facilitate the delivery and installation process, and is available to handle any issues along the way.
We know that building parks should be all about fun, and we want to ensure you enjoy the process as much as we do!
John J. Simonaitis
President & Sales Representative for Chicago
I am a 1986 graduate with a business degree from St. Norbert College. In 1995 I started Parkreation the year after my daughter was born and the year that my son was born. 23 years later and I am still enjoying every day. The business grew along with my kids and we have since designed hundreds of parks. I am thankful for all the people who work with me at Parkreation and have helped to create a place we all are proud to be a part of. I am also thankful to the customers who trusted in us and gave us the opportunity to serve them. I look forward to a healthy future and many more years of building fun.
In February of 1998, my youngest son started kindergarten and John asked me to come in for one day to answer phones. Twenty years later, I continue to work for Parkreation and try to provide the best service for all of our customers. In my spare time, I love traveling, music, cooking, a good red wine, the Chicago Cubs and spending time with family and friends.
Mary and Tom Sanders
Sales Representatives for Northern & Central Indiana
Tom and Mary have been fortunate to be able to work together to create outdoor recreation spaces for children of all ages, from 2 to 92. Mary started in 1995 and has been a CPSI since 1996, while Tom started in 2002. Both Tom and Mary are committed to generating community success as parks amenities professionals around the state of Indiana as well as their hometown in Porter County. Both are skilled at approaching solutions from various perspectives. Our years of experience enable us to educate, recommend, and find solutions for outdoor fun. Won’t you give us a call?
Sales Representative for Chicago North & Northwest Suburbs
I’m one of the lucky people who truly love what they do for work. Filling our communities with amazing outdoor spaces for family and friends to enjoy is what makes my job so special. Creating inclusive parks is my passion; all kids should have the opportunity to play together! When I’m not working, I enjoy time with my dog Zoe, my home away from home Mexico, gardening, and cooking for family and friends.
Sales Representative for Chicago South Suburbs & Central Illinos
For 20+ years, I have had the pleasure of providing products and services to the playground industry. I have watched my children grow up on the playgrounds I have created. Back in the day, I used to bring them and their friends to playground photo shoots for the up in coming years Little Tikes Commercial catalog. When I am not working on park stuff…… I enjoy boating on Lake Holiday, spending time with my wife and our daughters, and enjoying family and friends. I look forward to the next 20 years of providing playground “fun”. Playgrounds aren’t just for the children, they are for us as well!
Parker John Simonaitis, CPSI
Marketing and Design
I recently graduated in the Spring of 2018 from DePaul University with a degree in Public Relations and Advertising. I am passionate about putting together unique proposals and marketing campaigns that are creative and fun! My background in graphic design also transfers naturally over to playground and web design. After hours, I am a songwriter and drummer for the Chicago indie rock band Ember Oceans.