LEWISBURG, PA--(Marketwire - March 8, 2011) - Playworld Systems®, a leading manufacturer of imaginative play and fitness equipment, today announced the launch of Origins™, play elements and site amenities that seamlessly blend active outdoor play with nature in an unprecedented way. With Origins, children's imaginations can soar while they safely explore and interact with the natural environment.

"Origins was designed to help create a play area that is filled with challenging activities but at the same time feels natural and engaging for children and families alike," said Ian Proud, research manager at Playworld Systems. "Multi-sensory components such as water features, hillside slides, climbable boulders and plant elements bring nature into the playground in an experiential and tangible way."

Studies show that the more time five-year-olds spent outdoors, the greater their social behavior and motor skills they exhibited.1 Playing in a natural setting stimulates all aspects of childhood development, from coordination and balance to problem-solving.

Highlights of Origins include:

  • Origins GardenScapes™: Naturally inspired elements create immersive learning opportunities about plants and the planet throughout the playspace. Many of the GardenScapes components incorporate GardenSoxx®2, specially designed mesh "socks" that keep compost and plants neatly and easily contained. Unique in the industry, Garden Gates provide verdant arched entryways to the playspace, park or garden. Children can retreat to the Garden House to socialize and pretend while learning about horticulture and caring for a garden. Garden Arches, Arches, Beds and Benches are also part of the line. The Garden Beds will be enjoyed by people who can no longer bend down to garden as they were once able to do. 
  • Origins Boulders: Origins Boulders help kids build essential coordination, balance, and agility skills. Made with patented PolyFiberCrete®, all Boulders have a durable, nonslip surface that looks and feels like real rock. Available in natural color tones and 10 different variations, including Boulder Creek which incorporates water.
  • Origins T-Rex & Diggables: Designed to resemble real fossils, T-Rex and Diggables encourage children to imagine themselves as archaeologists unearthing the discovery of a lifetime. Made with patented PolyFiberCrete®, T-Rex options include Head, RibsTail, Hatched Egg and Hatching Egg; Diggables include Fossil Jam, Raptor Rock Head and Raptor Rock Tail.

For a complete list of Origins options, go to www.playworldsystems.com/about_us/product_lines/origins.

About Playworld Systems, Inc.
Playworld Systems, a third-generation family-owned company headquartered in Lewisburg, Pa., has been a leader in imaginatively designed and customized commercial recreation and play equipment for 40 years. With the belief that The World Needs Play®, Playworld Systems creates equipment that brings the joy of play to people of every age through such innovative product lines as ENERGI®, LifeTrail® Advanced Wellness System, Playworld®, PlayDesigns®, NEOS®, and Origins. Playworld Systems has invested significant resources to measurably reduce its carbon footprint, from eliminating PVCs to enhancing its waste management and recycling programs. In fact, Playworld Systems is the first major U.S. playground manufacturer to remove 99.999 percent of PVC from its products.

The company has received numerous awards throughout its 40 years, including two International Industrial Design Excellence Awards, a gold medal from International Design magazine, two News Directors' Choice Awards on Early Childhood, and the Pennsylvania Governors' Award for Safety Excellence. Along with these awards, Playworld Systems was a consultant to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board). For more information, visit PlayworldSystems.com.

1 Zaradic, Patricia A., and Oliver R. Pergams. "Videophilia: Implications for Childhood."

2 Gardensoxx is a registered trademark of Filtrexx® International, LLC. All rights reserved.