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Update to COVID-19 Message

Jill White President

Jill White, President of RecTec Industries/PlayWorks Inc./Waterplay Solutions

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold around the globe, my thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has lost a loved one to this relentless virus; to the frontline workers who are tirelessly working to save the lives of others; to those who are suffering financially; and to those that are struggling to cope with anxiety and fear of the uncertain. I am also profoundly sad for those that are losing out on milestone celebrations and rituals, such as high school graduations, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, sporting finales and the like. Everyone is suffering and grieving the loss of something meaningful to them. No one is immune to this and we aren’t sure when or how it will end. We are truly a global community, connected through this experience.
Despite all the negativity surrounding us, I am so proud of the people I get to work with every day and the way they have responded to this crisis. They are genuinely doing all that they can do, to better the situation. Our teams have mobilized quickly to transition the way in which we work, and everyone in our organizations have maintained the true spirit of teamwork and dedication to exceptional customer service. I am also proud of the people in our organizations and communities who are working together by working apart. Locally we are seeing pockets of progress and a path emerging for communities not already in the thick of this outbreak. I am grateful for our courageous leaders who have been steadfast about using data and science to drive their decisions; our Chief Medical Officers have been outstanding and our government officials have allowed them to do their jobs. Thankfully, this has enabled many of us in British Columbia and Alberta to still be fully operational. With modifications we have been able to continue to work in a safe environment fulfilling orders every day. Yes, these modifications may be less than efficient and may cause delays, but the gratitude I have for everyone involved in keeping our part of the economy running is immense! Other sectors have been decimated and I do trust that our governments are doing everything that they can to help those businesses so gravely impacted. Now is not the time for the businesses that are operating to be greedy. We must do our part to stay operational and to continue to employ people, while maintaining long term viability. Prosperity can come later, viable is all we need right now! People that have rent, mortgages, bills to pay, and children to feed need to be working. So, if you can, please, hire someone today.
I am also grateful to our customers who continue to call, our vendors who continue to work in a manner that allows them to be safely operating, and all our other partners for still moving business forward. We are here to assist in any way we can with any of the resources we have internally or have access to externally. It will be at least another month here in North America, but I look forward to the day when the parks, playgrounds and sprayparks re-open and are bustling with people. Until then, please continue to do your part by maintaining a physical distance, treating each other well, and staying safe.

Business ‘As Usual’​ – COVID-19 Update

Message from Jill White, President RecTec Industries

Our purpose is to create a global community connected through play and social experiences. Now, more than ever, we need to be united as a global community and to reconsider what our social experiences look like in the near term. The frenzied flow of information and the pace of change has created a level of anxiety similar to what we experienced during 9-11. This is a time when we need our leaders to come together, seek advice and take swift and courageous action. It is a time when we need everyone to think of the greater good and take our responsibility to each other seriously. I am proud that the employees at our group of companies, Waterplay Solutions Corp, Playworks, Inc. and RecTec Industries have come together with that social conscience at the forefront of our activities.

With the health and wellness of our teams of paramount importance, we have been proactive in our preparations and are fortunate that, with altered ways of working, we are still fully operational and ready to support you. Where possible we are working from home, connected to our industry partners via phone, email and video conferencing. Our production facility remains active with measures in place as recommended by the CDC to ensure the safety of our employees. We continue to receive orders and, with slightly longer than standard lead times, we are actively able keep business moving forward and fulfill all orders.

I would like to thank our partners, dealers, vendors and, most of all, our mutual customers who are still finding ways to keep commerce moving. As difficult as this situation is, we must continue to do business with each other and cannot be paralyzed by the unknown. Technology has evolved to a point that allows many of our businesses to remain operational. For those that cannot, I am gutted for you. I urge anyone in a position to help to consider those who might be affected, often small, local businesses, and think of ways to support them. Helping can be as simple as buying a gift certificate to use at a later date, shopping online, or making a donation, or ordering take out from restaurants that are offering this service.

On a personal note, I was given a shot of perspective yesterday morning as I learned of the passing of a friend’s daughter who, at 31, with a loving family, husband and beautiful young daughter, succumbed to her courageous fight with cancer. At a time when many of us are working from home, ‘stuck’ inside with our families, worried about the future and trying to ease our fear by stocking up on too many essentials, we may want to consider that what we need most is each other. So, to honour a young lady who would give anything to have one more day “stuck” in her home with her daughter and family, with or without toilet paper, please treat each other well, support one another, listen to the medical experts and help keep businesses in business.

I am confident that if we stay connected and take our social responsibilities seriously that we will get through this with a stronger global community. Please stay safe and healthy.

New KOMPAN Robinia Creatures

KOMPAN Playgrounds has been busy creating and building new wooden play structures. The quality, creativity and play value is incredible.

Check them out…

The Science Behind Water Play

Waterplay in partnership with researchers at Okanagan College have studied the science behind water play and have identified the STEM skills children acquire from playing with water.

Research lead Dr. Beverlie Dietze has summarized some compelling highlights in her blog post. You can read it here. 

Top 10 Playgrounds in and around Vancouver

Playgrounds are everywhere but which ones really stand out and have loads of kids playing on them everyday?  Have a look at our list of those that rise to the top for us and looking at the Google reviews, for others:

Ambleside Park – North Vancouver – A great place to walk and spend time with family. The view is awesome.

Creekside Park – Vancouver – This modern playground has everything kids could want – a zip line, swings, swirling “tea cups,” and an awesome sand and water play area.

Forsyth Park – Surrey – Such a nice park, fun equipment and lots of seats where you can wait for your children and have a clear view of where they are 🙂

Rocky Point Park – Port Moody -The new play space is beautiful. Great trails, fabulous views…Rocky point is a great family place to go!

Mountain View Park – Surrey – A small neighbourhood park that features a toddler ship and a whole host of other exciting moving parts and climbing structures.

Penzer Park – Langley – The City of Langley has knocked it out of the park with their Penzer Action Park. This park is geared to kids (of all ages) who have energy to burn.

Dufferin Park – Surrey – It is a wonderful playground surrounded by a community swarming with young families. There are always nice people with their kids playing. Kids of all ages play here up to ~10yrs.

Landing Leisure Spray Park – Chilliwack – The Landing Spray Park has 16 above ground features and 24 ground sprays. One of the highlights is the “Big Top Soaker” which fills up a big, translucent bucket with 170 litres of water, builds anticipation and then releases it!

Rochester Park – Coquitlam – Whoever is responsible for playground & park development in Coquitlam deserves a gold star. The playgrounds are so over-the-top creative and interactive that I’m pretty sure the planner is actually a kid. Or at the very least, a 12 year old trapped in the body of an adult.

Newton Athletic Park – Surrey – Nice playground and spray park for the children. My kids love to go here all the time. Good place to visit it.