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ForeverLawn Playground Projects Win Top Prizes in Real Field of Dreams Competition

November 14, 2011 (Albuquerque, NM) -- ForeverLawn, a company known for its innovative contributions to the synthetic turf industry, was honored last month when several of its playground surfacing projects won prizes in the Synthetic Turf Council's 2011 Search for the Real Field of Dreams Competition. Taylor's Dream Boundless Playground, featuring Playground Grass by ForeverLawn, was awarded the grand prize. The project was completed by ForeverLawn of Ohio, the exclusive dealer serving central and northeast Ohio. Canyon De Chelly Elementary School in Chinle, Arizona, was the top winner in the Community Parks and Fields category, a project by ForeverLawn Arizona.  Sunflower Preschool Playground in Lakeland, Florida earned national finalist honors, a project by ForeverLawn of Tampa Bay. The annual competition recognizes synthetic turf athletic fields, parks and playgrounds in the U.S. and Canada that have made an exceptional impact on their local communities


Playground Grass by ForeverLawn is an artificial grass surfacing system designed for beauty, safety, and accessibility in playground environments. The system offers a soft, grass-like surface, combined with a padded sub-surface that provides an ASTM safety rating to fall heights of 12 feet. The texture and appearance of the grass contributes to the tactile and visual sensory perception of the children, and the even, stable surface provided by Playground Grass is ADA accessible, allowing wheelchairs, braces, and other assistive equipment to access the facility easily and safely. When used to connect barrier-free play elements like those found at Taylor's Dream Boundless Playground, Playground Grass contributes to a truly boundless play experience.


According to Sarah Nichter of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation, her department couldn't be more pleased with the ForeverLawn surface. "The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department is in the business of creating and maintaining playgrounds. We have some fabulous facilities, but the ForeverLawn set our Boundless Playground apart from all the others! Not only is it beautiful, setting off our brightly colored equipment, but it also gives children and adults with disabilities the chance to play with their peers. I believe this type of surfacing will become a standard for many playgrounds in the future," said Nichter.


Canyon De Chelly Elementary School in Chinle, Arizona, a Navajo Nation school, was named Top Winner in the Community Parks and Fields Category for their new synthetic grass playground, which gives students the opportunity to play on a soft grass-like surface in the desert climate.  Since a high percentage of the Navajo population is diabetic, the new playground comes at a time when many recognize the importance of exercise for better health. National Finalist honors went to the City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department in Lakeland, Florida for Sunflower Preschool Playground in Barnett Family Park.  As the first multi-colored grass playground nationwide, the unique playground provides thousands of toddlers and their families age-appropriate developmental play experiences, accessibility for strollers and wheelchairs, and a creative play space to spark the imagination.


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