Robertson Recreational Surfacing makes impactful change in annual Day of Caring
The company donates time and materials to rejuvenate a playground surface
Children rushed out on the playground for the thousandth time last Monday, but this time something was different. Magic fairies had come over the weekend and given a facelift to the TotTurf rubber playgound surface to help maintain its strength and structural integrity. These magic fairies weren’t of the Mother Goose variety; however, they were employee volunteers from Phoenix-based company Robertson Recreational Surfacing, makers of famous TotTurf playground surfacing, volunteering their time and energy to spend the day refurbishing the playground.
TotTurf/Robertson Recreational Surfacing employee volunteers gathered at the Foundation for Blind Children to roll coat the playground surfacing, providing children with visual impairments a renewed and rejuvenated play environment that will inspire increased creativity, learning, and physically active play. The roll coat process adds a coating to rubber playground surfaces that cures to a protective skin, similar to the process of varnishing wood floors, without compromising the fall cushioning properties of the surface. Rubber playground surfacing is one of the best ADA-accessible surfacing options available for playgrounds, helping ensure that people of all ages and abilities can fully engage in play. Proper maintenance such as annual roll coating is critical to helping ensure continued accessibility, safety, and beauty of the playground as well as the longevity of the investment that the FBC has in their beautiful and spacious main campus. TotTurf also donated a thermoplastic coated steel picnic table from sister company UltraSite, and the volunteers worked together to assemble it for outdoor classroom learning and supervisor seating.
Robertson Recreational Surfacing is a subsidiary of PlayCore. “We are proud to be part of a company that supports employee volunteerism,” said Lizette Figueroa, HR Manager, “It was fun to take the time to work together with my colleagues outside of work and really make a measurable difference in our community.” PlayCore employees believe in the company’s mission and values and strive to live these values through enhancing the quality of life in the communities where they live, work, and play.
In a way, the missions of the two organizations—Robertson and the Foundation for Blind Children—are highly aligned. The mission of the FBC is to provide education, tools and services that enable all persons with vision impairments to achieve greater independence. Similarly, Robertson strives to create play and recreation environments that remove obstacles and break down barriers, physical and social, for people of all ages and abilities to participate equitably in play. TotTurf believes that by literally establishing a level playing field, we help facilitate the first steps in building communities that enhance the quality of life for all individuals through play.
Tommy Mayhew, a preschool student at the Foundation and diagnosed with achromatopsia, is one lucky student that will now be able to enjoy the new playground. Achromatopsia is a very rare genetic eye condition that renders the cones in the eye partially or completely unable to function. Mayhew can now enjoy playing “pirate” outside with his classmates since being fitted with prescription sunglasses from Foundation for Blind Children. These glasses contain dark red lenses, which serve to heighten contrast and protect the eyes from the bright glare of the sun.
The Foundation for Blind Children strives to serve as the Phoenix community’s resource for blind, visually-impaired, and multi-handicapped children, adults, and their families. They give these individuals access to opportunities such as learning, playing sports, and participating fully in the world around them that might otherwise be impossible for them to experience. The FBC has the largest pre-school for blind children in the nation, currently serving more than 75 students on three campuses. “This play area serves numerous children per year who may not otherwise have the opportunity to play on a playground,” stated chief executive officer Marc Ashton at the Foundation.
“We value this play area so much. It is highly critical to both the classroom learning and the social, physical, and behavioral development that our students are engaging in during the early and elementary ages. We spend significant time out here utilizing this space as an enrichment tool in our students’ lives. We are so grateful that corporations in our community like TotTurf are committed to helping us maintain this space for years to come. Community support helps us ensure that our campus and organization will continue to be on the cutting edge of education for children with visual impairments,” gushed director of elementary education and preschool programs Lexie Day of the Foundation for Blind Children.
About Robertson Recreational Surfacing
Robertson started in Arizona in 1991 and the product was used primarily for pool deck installations in commercial and residential applications. It was the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulations that propelled us into the playground world to help provide the ultimate in accessibility, while meeting safety guidelines. Since 1991 we have added service centers to Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, and Florida. Each center is staffed with specially trained sales and installation personnel. We offer a wide variety of recreational surfacing options to help our customers meet their site specific needs.
PlayCore helps build stronger communities around the world by advancing play through research, education, and partnerships. Our company infuses this learning into its complete family of brands. We combine best-in-class planning and education programs with the most comprehensive array of recreation products available to create play solutions that match the unique needs of each community we serve. To learn more about PlayCore, visit http://www.playcore.com or http://www.totturf.com or call 800.858.0519.
About Foundation for Blind Children
Founded in 1952 by parents who wanted services for their blind children in Phoenix, instead of having to send them to the State Institution for the Blind in Tucson, the Foundation for Blind Children (FBC) creates opportunities for anyone with vision loss to achieve. Serving the blind and visually impaired of all ages, from birth to currently 102 years old, FBC provides education, tools and services that enable all persons with vision loss to achieve greater independence. The organization’s vision is to have a world where vision loss is a diagnosis, not a disability. For more information about Foundation for Blind Children, how to donate, or upcoming fundraising events visit www.SeeItOurWay.org or call 602.331.1470. 1235 East Harmont Drive, Phoenix AZ, 85020