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Rules of Play

Here's what to look for in recreational and playground equipment.

There's an old joke politicians like to tell: place all the economists in the world end-to-end and they will still all point in different directions. Fortunately, churches wishing to buy playground and recreational equipment don't have that same problem with equipment manufacturers. Instead, manufacturers and suppliers line up in agreement on virtually all important requirements for buying the best equipment for church recreational areas.

Safety First

The first area of agreement is safety. Without a doubt, all makers of playground and recreation equipment emphasize safety as the first requirement for playground equipment. "Buy good equipment that is safe to use," says Ron Ensz, president of Future Pro, Inc., a provider of sports equipment. "And buying safe equipment isn't necessarily obvious. For example, a soccer goal might be of a very good quality, but what if ...

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  • March 1, 2013