Monday, 24 November 2014 17:27

Education Series

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The new NPCAI Education Series is now available through the member-only section of our website. This series is developed to provide up-to-date, easy to read information on topics of interest to our industry. 

The format is convenient for on-line viewing.  When appropriate, it can be printed off for distribution to staff or customers. The layout is also conducive for use in a binder.


Click here to see our newest additions to the NPCAI Education Series on-line library.

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:25

Committees and Administration

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The committees serve to support the mission of the NPCAI.  If you wish to help we would love to have your input and support!!


Advertising/Sponsorship Committee – Chair: Kenda Daria

Responsible for overseeing any advertising and sponsorship activities for the association. This committee’s main goal for 2013 is to develop a comprehensive advertising and sponsorship program.


Communications Committee – Chair:

Responsible for overseeing all communications‐related activities for the association. This committee’s main goals for 2013 include: develop and update NPCAI marketing materials; produce, enhance and distribute the quarterly newsletter, The Playground Insider; distribute monthly e‐blasts to members promoting NPCAI and other items of interest; utilize and promote Facebook and LinkedIn pages; promote current benefits available to members and potential members; and enhance the NPCAI website, including the addition of e-commerce tools to allow for online payments.


Education Committee – Co‐Chair: David Dayton; Co‐Chair: Scot Givens

Responsible for overseeing all educational opportunities for the association – not including the Playground Construction School. This committee’s main goals for 2013 include: develop a curriculum/program to promote NPCAI contractors/installers for presentations at state conferences; draft specifications for architects; create 5 non‐playground related documents regarding logistics in installation; and develop one educational webinar to offer to NPCAI members.


Membership Committee – Chair: Jamie Snyder

Responsible for overseeing all membership‐related activities of the association. This committee’s main goals for 2013 include: add 3‐5 new member benefits to encompass all stakeholders; create an online member survey; increase membership to 300 with 25 being manufacturer members, retain 85% of all current members; and review and revise membership categories to encompass all stakeholders.


RISC Committee – Chair: Marylou Iverson

Responsible for overseeing all activities related to NPCAI’s Recreation Installation Specialist Course and Certification. This committee’s main goals for 2013 include: develop/create one new chapter for the RISC curriculum; offer RISC through two manufacturers; train two new instructors for RISC; and offer two RISC opportunities.



NPCAI Office

2207 Forest Hills Drive

Harrisburg, PA 17112





Denise R. Calabrese, CAE, Executive Director



Angela Burkett, Membership Director



Kelly Clark, Education Coordinator



Amy Bobb, Newsletter Editor



Jennifer Swartz, Finance Director



Leona Wagner, Membership, Finance & Events Coordinator



Michelle Keyser, Director of Communications


Nikki Rita, Communications Associate

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:22

Board of Trustees

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CHAIR 2016‐2017

Kenda Daria, President
Safe and Sound Playgrounds
18521 E. Queen Creek Road Ste #105‐144
Queen Creek AZ 85142
Phone: 480‐888‐8784 | Cell: 480‐694‐5949 | Fax: 480‐888‐2375

CHAIR‐ELECT 2016‐2017

Mary Beth Kling
9957 N. Alpine Road, Suite 100
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Phone: 815‐505‐0500 | Fax: 779‐423‐2033

TREASURER 2016‐2017

Scot Givens
Majestic Playground Services
30274 White Egret Street
Denham Springs, LA 70726
Phone: 225‐667‐3062 | Fax: 225‐667‐3035 | Cell: 225‐937‐0791

SECRETARY 2016‐2017

David S. Dayton, President
Icon Shelter Systems, Inc.
1455 Lincoln Ave
Holland, MI 49423 USA
Phone: 616‐396‐0919 | Fax: 616‐396‐0944

PAST CHAIR 2016‐2017

TRUSTEES 2016‐2017

MaryLou Iverson
The Iverson Associates
P.O. Box 1117
Kingston, WA 98346 USA
Cell: 360‐908‐3479 | Fax: 360‐297‐8220

Edward Miller, Jr.
Corby Associates, Inc.
590 Grand Avenue, PO Box 496
Ridgefield, NJ 07657
Phone: 201‐941‐4160 | Fax: 201‐941‐4491

Tom Norquist
150 PlayCore Drive
Fort Payne, AL 35968 USA
Phone: 256‐845‐5610 X 5202 | Fax: 256‐845‐9361

James Charles Snider
Snider Recreation, Inc.
10139 Royalton Road Ste # K
North Royalton, OH 44133 USA
Phone: 440‐877‐9151 | Fax: 440‐877‐9159 | Cell: 440‐343‐6420

Chad Willow
Playworld Systems
1000 Buffalo Road
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: 570‐522‐9800 | Fax: 570‐522‐3030

Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:11

New Mission Statement

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Last month, the NPCAI Board of Trustees met at the new NPCAI Headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa, for a strategic planning session. The purpose of the session was to review the mission of the organization, make any changes to the mission, and develop and prioritize goals for NPCAI. The meeting was extremely successful as the Board worked together to brainstorm ideas about the future of the organization.  
The NPCAI Board of Trustees is very proud to announce the new mission statement of the organization:
A worldwide partnership advancing the recreational construction industry
 promoting qualified and dedicated contracting professionals who contribute 
to the design, 
installation and maintenance of parks, playgrounds, sports 
and recreation environments.
Following the revision of the mission statement, the Trustees participated in a SWOT Analysis exercise to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats affecting the organization. This exercise resulted in 23 major goals being developed and prioritized for the association. A copy of the goals can be reviewed by clicking here
In order to accomplish these goals, we need active committees. In order to have active committees, we need dedicated members. We need members who care about the organization and its future; members who want to participate in making NPCAI grow. Committee volunteers will need to commit to a couple of hours each quarter to participate on conference calls and in email discussions. Take a look at the Willingness to Serve and choose the committee that most interests you.
We encourage you to get involved in your professional association today!
Friday, 18 May 2012 12:16

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Thursday, 17 May 2012 20:42

CPSC Recall Alerts

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9-26-2012 Specialized Bicycle Components Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall and Injury Hazards 


9-19-2012 H&M Recalls Children's Water Bottle Due to Choking Hazard, Sold Exclusively at H&M Stores 


8-27-2012 CPSC Starts Rulemaking to Develop New Federal Standard for Hazardous, High-Powered Magnet Sets

8-15-2012 CPSC Recall- Baby Seats Recalled for Repair by Bumbo International Due to Fall Hazard. Consumers should order free repair kit!

7-13-2012 CPSC Recall-  Troxel Recalls Flexible Flyer Swing Sets Due to Fall Hazard

7-2-2012  CPSC Approves New Federal Safety Standard for Play Yards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal mandatory safety standard to improve the safety of play yards and to prevent injuries and deaths to children. The vote was 4 to 0.

The new federal standard incorporates provisions in the voluntary standard ASTM F 406-12a. Mandatory requirements for play yards include:

  • A stability test to prevent the play yard from tipping over.
  • Latch and lock mechanisms to keep the play yard from folding on a child when it is being used.
  • Entrapment tests for attachments so a child's head does not get trapped while a bassinet or other accessory is attached.
  • Floor strength tests to ensure structural integrity and to prevent children from getting trapped by the play yard floor.
  • Minimum side height requirements to prevent children from getting out of the play yard on their own.
  • A test to prevent play yards whose top rails fold downward from using a hinge that creates a V- or diamond shape when folded to prevent head or neck entrapments.

There were more than 2,100 incidents with play yards reported to CPSC, including 60 fatalities and 170 injuries, between November 2007 and December 2011.

The effective date for the mandatory play yard standard is six months after the final rule is published in the Federal Register.

Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires CPSC to issue safety standards for durable infant or toddler products, including play yards. In addition to play yards, CPSC has issued mandatory safety standards for cribs, children's bed rails, baby bath seats, baby walkers and toddler beds.

May 22, 2012  Bicycle Stems Recalled by Ridley Bikes Due to Fall Hazard 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: 4ZA Threadless Carbon Bicycle Handlebar Stem

Units: About 105

Distributor: Sinclair Imports, of Reno, Nev., and Quality Bicycle Products, of Bloomington, Minn.

Manufacturer: Race Productions NV, Belgium

Hazard: The bicycle handlebar stems can crack or break, posing a fall hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm received one report of a handlebar stem breaking resulting in minor injuries.

Description: The recall involves all 4ZA 31.8 threadless bicycle handlebar stems sold as individual aftermarket components. The stems are black and have the words "4ZA Cycling Performance" painted on the carbon extension between the steerer clamp and handlebar clamp. The recalled stems range in extension lengths from 90mm to 130mm, approximately 3.5 to 5 inches.

Sold at: The stems were sold at specialty bicycle retailers and via websites from January 2005 through April 2010 for about $59.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using their bicycles and contact the bicycle retailers where the stems were purchased to obtain a free replacement stem. Other bicycle shops can handle the replacement process by contacting the manufacturer's current distributor, Quality Bicycle Products, Inc.

May 17, 2012

Climbing Ropes Recalled by Porter Athletic Due to Fall Hazard

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Porter Athletic Climbing Ropes

Units: About 44

Distributor: Porter Athletic, a division of Litania Sports Group, Inc., of Champaign, Ill.

Hazard: The climbing rope can slip through the clamp that connects at the top, posing a fall hazard for climbers.

Incidents/Injuries: Porter has received three reports of the rope slipping through the clamp, including one that resulted in back and wrist injuries.

Description: This recall involves two models of Porter Athletic climbing ropes.Model number 00118 is a white soft dacron rope with vinyl boot end sold in 12’, 16’, 20’ and 24’ lengths. Model number 00119 is a white soft dacron rope with vinyl boot end and rubber knots every 12” sold in 12’, 16’, 20’ and 24’ lengths.

Sold at: Online at, by telephone and direct sales through authorized Porter Athletic distributors nationwide from September 2009 through September 2011 for between $387 and $877.

Manufactured in: USA

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled climbing ropes. Porter Athletic is repairing the recalled ropes at no cost. Shipping will be provided free of charge to the consumer. The firm is contacting customers directly.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Porter Athletic toll-free at (888) 277-7778 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at  

 Aqua-Leisure Recalls Children's Trampolines Due to Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Toys "R" Us Stores.   

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: First Fitness® Trampolines with Handlebars

Units: About 40,000

Manufacturer: Aqua-Leisure Industries Inc., of Avon, Mass.

Hazard: Metal fatigue can cause the handlebar to break away during use, posing a risk of laceration from exposed metal surfaces or other injury from a fall.

Incidents/Injuries: Aqua-Leisure has received four reports of handlebars breaking from the metal connection joint during use. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves First Fitness Kid’s First trampolines with handlebars. The child-size toy trampolines have a red and blue metal handlebar, a blue nylon deck guard and a black jumping deck. “First Fitness” is embossed on the jumping deck in white letters. The trampolines can be identified by model number FF-6902TR and Toys R Us SKN 491463. The model and store numbers can be found on the lower right corner of the back of the packaging. A sewn-in tag on the bottom of the deck lists the factory date code of five numbers followed by “GLTX.”

Sold Exclusively at: Toys “R” Us stores nationwide from September 2010 through April 2012 for between $45 and $70.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled trampolines from children and contact Aqua-Leisure’s recall hotline for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Aqua-Leisure toll-free at (888) 912-7087 between 8:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at  

May 15, 2012

Five Retailers Agree to Stop Sale and Recall Tots in Mind Crib Tents Due to Strangulation and Entrapment Hazard - One Death and Serious Brain Injury Reported  

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and five retailers are announcing a voluntary recall to provide refunds to consumers who own crib tents and play yard tents made by Tots in Mind, Inc.  

CPSC is warning parents and caregivers who own these products that infants and toddlers are at risk of serious injury or death due to strangulation and entrapment hazards presented by these products. Tots in Mind recalled the play yard tents in July 2010 and offered a repair kit that is no longer available. The company is no longer in business and has stopped all sales. CPSC staff urges parents and caregivers to stop using these crib tents and play yard tents immediately. Do not attempt to repair these products.  

CPSC is aware of 27 tent failures including one fatality and one serious injury that occurred between January 1997 and April 2012 from crib tents and play yard tents made by Tots in Mind, Inc. In 2008, a two year old boy died after becoming entrapped between the bottom rail of a play yard tent and the top rail of a play yard. The fatality was reported in a prior recall with the firm in July 15, 2010.

In 2007, a two year old boy sustained a catastrophic brain injury when the crib tent affixed to his crib tent inverted and the product’s broken rod trapped him at the neck. The remaining 25 reports to CPSC involved inverted crib tents—entrapments between the tent and the crib/play yard or failures of the tent fabric and zippers. Three of these 25 reports also resulted in injuries; in one such case, a parent reported finding her child turning blue and entrapped between the product and the top rail of the play yard.  

Since Tots in Mind, Inc. is out of business, retailers who sold these products have stepped up to offer refunds or store credit to consumers. The crib tents and play yard tents can present an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers if the dome portion inverts inside the crib or play yard, or if the product becomes partially detached from the crib or play yard. The recalled products were sold at numerous retail stores including Bed Bath & Beyond/Buy Buy Baby, Burlington Coat Factory, Toys R Us/Babies R Us, Walmart and online on websites including, for between $60 and $85.  

Consumers should contact the store listed below where the crib tent was purchased to receive either a refund or store credit, depending on the retailer. If consumer is unsure of where the crib tent was purchased, see return policy for individual retailers below on their website: []

Bed Bath & Beyond / Buy Buy Baby [ or or (800) GOBEYOND]

Burlington Coat Factory [ or (888) 223-2628]

Toys R Us/Babies R Us [ or or (800) 869-7787]

Walmart [ or (800) 925-6278]

The recall includes various models of about 330,000 crib or play yard tents. Consumers can identify their tent by the 2”x 1½” label with Tots In Mind logo located on the non-mesh portion near the top of the tent.  

May 9, 2012

Trampolines Recalled by Sportspower Limited Due to Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Walmart

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Sportspower BouncePro 14' Trampolines

Units: About 92,000

Importer: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.

Manufacturer: Sportspower Limited, of Hong Kong, China

Hazard: The netting surrounding these trampolines can break, allowing children to fall through the netting and be injured.

Incidents/Injuries: Sportspower has received 17 reports of the net breaking, resulting in 11 injuries including broken bones, back and neck injuries, and contusions.

Description: The recall involves the Sportspower BouncePro 14’ Trampolines with brown mesh netting. UPC codes 68706404210, and 68706404244 are printed on the trampoline box. “Sportspower BouncePro 14” and “TR-14-63-A” are printed on a plate on the leg of the trampoline frame. The trampolines are surrounded by brown netting measuring about 6 feet high on the perimeter of the trampoline. The netting is designed to contain individuals bouncing on the trampoline.

Sold exclusively at: Walmart stores nationwide from February 2009 through February 2012 for about $275.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the trampolines immediately and contact Sportspower to receive replacement black netting for the trampoline.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Sportspower’s customer service hotline toll-free at (888) 965-0565 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at, or send an e-mail to Sportspower at 



Monday, 06 December 2010 16:37

ADA Standards

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DOJ 2010 ADA StandardsDOJ Posts Online Editions of its 2010 ADA Standards 

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has posted official editions of its new 2010 ADA standards and companion guidance on its ADA website. The new publications include provisions from DOJ’s regulations that implement the standards and set effective dates in order to bring together in one source all relevant information on using the standards in new construction and alterations.  Additional design requirements that supplement the standards are also integrated into this edition.  The standards are available in both HTML and PDF formats.  A 170-page companion guide further explains requirements in the standards and regulations and provides commentary on specific provisions. 

The 2010 standards, which can be used at this time as an alternative to the original standards, become mandatory March 15, 2012.  Technical assistance on the standards is available from the Access Board at (800) 872-2253 (v), (800) 993-2822 (TTY), or Questions on use of the standards or other topics covered in DOJ’s regulations should be directed to DOJ at (800) 514-0301 (v) or (800) 514-0383 (TTY).

Tuesday, 25 October 2011 03:00

RISC Registration

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Career Enhancing Recreation Construction Training

 A Three-Year Certification Program

Attend this course and gain knowledge regarding the following

Elements of Playground Site Design ● Pre-Construction Procedures ● Job Site Safety ● Blueprints/Specifications ● Pre-Manufactured Equipment ● Installation Manuals ● Installation Techniques ● Job Tools & Materials ● Safety Surfacing ● Job Completion Procedures ● Standards & Guidelines for the Playground Industry ● In the Field Installation Exercise

Learn the Real Dirt about Playground Construction

The RISC - Recreation Installation Specialist Course and Certification is a comprehensive course focusing on the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective Playground Installer. The curriculum, written and field-tested by and for the International Playground Contractors Association, is a must for all persons involved in building playground equipment or working with Installers.

Un-Earth the World of Playground Construction

RISC is not limited to playground contractors and installers. Attendees from municipal park departments have found the course most beneficial as they need to know what to look for when hiring playground contractors or inspecting newly installed play equipment and/or surfacing. You'll leave with more than knowledge, skills, and resources about playgrounds.

Dig Deep for Value Gained by Attending

  • RISC Curriculum - You'll receive a comprehensive RISC Curriculum including space for notes, an in-depth summary of the classes, notes from power point presentations, and suggested readings.
  • Resource Network - A valuable benefit of attending the RISC is the personal networking opportunities. You will discover that you are not alone!
  • Certification - By completing the entire course, you are eligible for the RISC Certification that is applicable to use for the Qualified Contractors Program with the International Playground Contractors Association and select manufacturer's certifications.
  • An Amazing Team of Playground Professionals.

The Recreation Installation Specialist Course sessions are taught by playground professionals reflecting the many facets of playground development: manufacturers, and professional playground installers with over 150 years of combined experience available for you. As a benefit of attending the RISC, you'll get expert advice for your toughest and most-unique playground challenges. At specified times during the school, you'll have the opportunity to share your concerns one-on-one with our playground safety experts and receive suggestions for change.  




Tuesday, 02 February 2010 12:45

CPSI Courses

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Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Certification

The Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) program is offered by the National Certification Board in coordination with the National Park and Recreation Association. Courses are offered to individuals certified to inspect playgrounds for safety hazards and to ensure compliance with national standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). A professional must successfully pass the CPSI examination to receive the 3 year certification.

The purpose of the CPSI certification is for those certified to be able to; identify hazards on public playground equipment and the playground; rank the hazards according to injury potential; and apply the knowledge to remove the hazards and establish a system of inspections and maintenance.

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 For questions or further information on certification, please email them at


Sunday, 29 November 2009 14:35

NPCAI Social Video Montage

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Thanks to all of our supporters and everyone who attended.

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