We have listed several of our partners around the country, as well as several resources, for you to further explore the recreation industry. These associations are our partners in designing and creating public spaces that enhance the life of the local community.
The Access Board is a "Federal Agency committed to accessible design". It is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. This site is a great resource for information on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 and its application in the playground/recreation industry.
The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) “This consumer safety performance specification provides safety and performance standards for various types of public playground equipment. Its purpose is to reduce life-threatening and debilitating injuries.” ASTM F1487-01e1 Scope (1.1).
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is an Independent Federal Regulatory Agency that works to save lives and keep families safe by reducing the risk of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products. Many publications are available on this site for download including playground safety tips, safety checklists and many more.
In the interest of public safety, the International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) provides third-party Product Certification services for U.S. and Canadian public play equipment and U.S. public play surfacing materials.
The City Parks Alliance encourages greater involvement and investment in our nation’s city parks. We work to see city parks more fully recognized and valued for the role they play in building stronger, healthier and more livable cities.
Each year, over 200,000 children are injured on America’s playgrounds. That’s one every 2 1/2 minutes. To address the growing concern for playground safety, the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) was established in 1995.
The National Recreation & Park Association’s mission is to advance parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people. Many helpful links and information are available.
Founded in 1935, the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society (PRPS) is the principal state organization promoting quality recreation and park training, networking, and leadership opportunities for those working and volunteering in the field. The PRPS unites recreation and park professionals and interested citizens to enhance their leadership in meeting recreational needs of all Pennsylvanians.
The New Jersey Recreation and Park Association (NJRPA) is dedicated to enhancing the lives of all New Jersey residents by supporting outstanding park, recreation, and natural resources management programs. Since 1928, the efforts initiated by NJRPA and its membership have resulted in tangible benefits for communities throughout the state and the quality of life for residents living in those communities has substantially improved.
Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association representing landscape architects. ASLA represents all 50 states, US territories, and 42 countries around the world. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship.
The New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NJASLA) works hard to provide local services to NJ member Landscape Architects. Members are kept up to date on important issues via monthly newsletters. Every year, the members gather at the annual meeting, a three day event full of seminars, continuing education and networking.
The South Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (SCASLA) is dedicated to the advancement of the ASLA's goals and aspirations. The mission of ASLA - and therefore SCASLA is "the advancement of the art and science of Landscape Architecture by leading and informing the public, by serving members, and by leading the profession in achieving quality in the natural and built environment".
Visit NowThe South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional development of its members, promotion of parks and recreation opportunities and quality of life for all South Carolinians, and the sound stewardship of South Carolina’s natural resources through research, education and service.