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CNN Airs “Green” Playgrounds

Freedom Park in the Poncey-Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta was a community project built on April 18, 2009 and filmed by CNN.

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Over the April 24-26, 2009 weekend CNN and Headline News aired a story as part of their “Green Solutions” segment on the use of recycled materials for playground projects. The airing showed the recycling process, from collection to manufacturing to installation.

The video featured Nike Grind playground surfacing and EcoPlay Playgrounds from Safeplay Systems.

Two of the playgrounds filmed were Carl Miller Park in Newnan, Ga., and Freedom Park in the Poncey-Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta. Both playgrounds were designed and manufactured by Safeplay Systems. The manufacturing shots were filmed at Safeplay Systems’ facility in Marietta, Ga.

The Freedom Park playground was a community project built on Saturday, April 18. The playground was made possible through a grant from the Falcons Fit-N-Green Playground Initiative, a partnership of the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Nike and Safeplay Systems. Numerous other organizations also contributed to the playground.

Safeplay Systems, based in Marietta, Ga., was founded in 1989 by Bob Gredys. The company’s EcoPlay equipment is made from recycled plastic (milk jugs). The company says the material is PVC-free, strong, “impermeable to water, cannot be eaten by insects, never needs painting or sealing, and it won’t splinter, crack, rust, swell or degrade in any way.”

The CNN segment is available at

For more information on Safeplay Systems, visit

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