As play environments become more dynamic, there is a need for creative solutions – in and out of the water. American Pool has partnered with BCI Burke to provide commercial playground equipment as a national account distributor, installer and service provider.
BCI Burke is a manufacturer of premier commercial play environments. With 90 years of experience and an unmatched warranty program, Burke also ensures the quality and durability of their products. American Pool offers customers a large catalog of BCI Burke’s modular playgrounds and recreational equipment.
Our offerings include:
We also offer other recreational equipment such as:
There is a huge variety of play equipment available for your community. Be sure to take your space, budget and community into consideration when making your selections.
Install a weather-resistant structure that stands up to the elements. Shade structures allow your residents to take a break from the sun and enjoy your outdoor space longer. A properly installed shade structure can withstand 90 mph winds.
Safety surfaces are sanitary, easy to maintain and compliant. Installing turf can also help to cut down on landscaping costs. Ultimately, a safety surface will keep children safe when they are enjoying your play equipment.
It’s not just swimming pools that have strict codes and regulations, playgrounds do too. In fact, these regulations are internationally enforced. The most important part to understand is that if these codes are not taken seriously, they could end up costing you a lot of money. Purchasing equipment made for private homes is not an alternative for commercial properties. It does not always meet the standards required for commercial playgrounds.
As an American Pool customer, your final design will meet these requirements and the ones enforced by the organizations below.
The Americans with Disabilities Act regulates playground accessibility. According to the ADA, children should be able to approach, enter and use a playground.
Items like ground level access and number of elevated play components all factor into making the design compliant, though there are some exceptions based on the final design.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has a full guide book called Public Playground Safety Handbook. Fortunately, all Burke play structures are compliant with CPSC guidelines. That means you can choose the type of play structure you want without having to worry about if the CPSC public guidelines are being met.
Another governing body is the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). ASTM’s guidelines are technical and specific when it comes to playground equipment for different age groups. They cover everything from slides to surfaces. Luckily, all BCI Burke products are in compliance with ASTM standards.
The International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association executes rigorous testing of playground products. In the interest of public safety, IPEMA provides third-party Product Certification services for U.S. and Canadian public play equipment and surfaces. This testing applies to both new and existing products.
Many properties choose to install a playground only to fall short on maintenance and upkeep. The initial installation is important, but beyond that your playground requires maintenance to make sure it continues to be safe for your community.
If you haven’t yet this year, hire a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) to do a thorough inspection of your existing playground. This a must for preventing injuries and minimizing the risk of an unsafe community amenity – from a legal and monetary standpoint.
According to the International Playground Safety Institute, a CPSIs are, “certified to inspect playgrounds for safety issues and to ensure inspected playgrounds meet current national industry standards developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).”
Certification courses are offered through the National Recreation and Park Association.