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At MRC we build more than playgrounds; we help build communities. Our park and recreation equipment has helped communities reach a family feel for generations. Throughout our 40 years as park and play experts we have heard countless stories of how our park designs bring people together, and make communities whole. 

Recent weather phenomena's have reminded us just how important community strength is. Both Hurricane Harvey and Irma were incredibly devastating events for countless people. At MRC we are all too familiar with catastrophic storms. On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck our New Jersey shore communities. Some of our very own employees and families lost their homes and were given no choice but to bond together and rebuild.

Post Sandy, every small beach town community in NJ teamed up for one purpose; and the catch phrase "Restore The Shore" was born. We now reflect almost 5 years later and realize that our community truly has rebuilt. We are a better, stronger, and closer community than ever before.

During our rebuilding process, we feel fortunate to have witnessed the way communities come together during times of need. We experienced firsthand a community becoming a family. The importance of a park or playground to a community is paramount. We perceive a park as a town's backyard, and when they’re designed and built with love, everyone is provided a sense of home, hope and pride.

Throughout our local community, we are proud to have supported the rebuild of many post Sandy community park projects including some of these shown below. To our friends in recent storm affected areas throughout the United States and elsewhere, our thoughts and prayers are with you. It's now time to regroup, bond together with your neighbors and re-create all aspects of "home", even greater than you remember it.

Belmar, NJ

Lavallette, NJ

Belmar, NJ




Posted by Matt Miller

5 Reasons Why Turf Is Better

September 15th, 2017

Artificial turf often gets a bad rap, and there are those people who continue to claim that real grass is safer and offers better performance. However, the truth is that turf offers the same level of safety and performance as grass fields. On the other hand, the fact that artificial turf offers all of the following benefits means that it should really be considered as the far superior option when compared to natural grass.

Increased Playing Time

One of the largest problems with grass fields is that they tend to degrade in quality with high usage. In order to keep a grass field in good condition, it is necessary to limit the amount of playing time and also allow the grass to rest for several days in between use. None of this is a problem when you choose to install turf instead of laying down sod or planting seed. Compared to natural grass fields, turf is far better at standing up to heavy, repeated use without damage. In fact, a high-quality turf field can easily be used for hours each and every day with no ill effects.

Lower Maintenance

Ask anyone who's ever had to maintain a grass field and they will tell you that a whole lot of time and effort goes into keeping the field in good condition. Watering, mowing, and fertilizing are all necessary to keep grass looking attractive and in playable condition. It is usually also necessary to replace parts of the grass or reseed the field in order to overcome the damage caused by repeated use. With a synthetic turf field, maintenance is minimal. In fact, after the turf installation is complete, almost no other tasks are necessary to keep it in good shape. In this sense, the lower maintenance definitely makes turf the preferred alternative.

Better for the Environment

Grass fields require a substantial amount of water to continue growing green and healthy. As water is one of our most important natural resources, it is essential that we do whatever we can to help cut down on waste. In this way, a turf field is definitely a great alternative since it NEVER needs watering. In addition, you can also eliminate the pollution and environmental damage caused by mowing and fertilizing a grass field. All of this means that turf is far more environmentally friendly.

Less Expensive in the Long Run

Turf installation isn't exactly cheap, and there is no doubt that the upfront costs of turf are definitely higher than with grass fields. However, the fact that turf is low maintenance, long-lasting, and doesn't need to be watered means that the turf will generally pay for itself within a few years. Although price definitely isn't everything, turf will still offer you a far greater return on your investment in the long run.

Works Well in Any Climate

Grass fields can be extremely difficult to maintain in even the best conditions. However, the task can become nearly impossible during more extreme weather conditions. Freezing winters and sweltering summers can quickly kill off the grass and severely degrade the quality of the playing field. At the same time, both droughts and heavy rains have the potential to dramatically damage grass. This is yet another area where turf is a much better choiceas it is guaranteed to stay in pristine condition no matter what weather conditions it's faced with.

At MRC Recreation, we have years of experience in turf installation and use only the highest quality products from Desso Sports Systems. After examining the differences between grass and turf, there is no doubt that turf is the clear champion. Still, if you're not convinced, why not contact us to learn more about why turf is the ideal choice for your needs.

Posted by Matt Miller

Children lots of love for playtime, especially in places with inclusive playground equipment. One of the main reasons that makes kids want go to the playground is the opportunity to socialize with friends. The laughter, running, swinging, jumping, sliding, and climbing that children do is not only an opportunity to have fun, but also the time to learn how to relate and interact with peers.

Children's playtime is more than just everyday fun. When you think about a playground, you should imagine the carefree environment through which youngsters acquire vital social skills. Having your kids spend time in an area with inclusive playground equipment can increase their positive physical, social, and emotional relationships.

Playground as an Outdoor Classroom

Parents, guardians, or caretakers often look at the games that children play as silly pastimes. On the contrary, extracurricular activities develop children’s cognitive skills. The imagination-filled games and taking on new social characters enables children to build crucial relationship skills. For example, a child can assume the roles of a father, mother, teacher, or driver when allowed to think independently.

How Group Play Time Helps Your Kids

Play time at recreational parks, housing communities, custom playgrounds, churches, or schools can promote courage in children when among many people. On the contrary, playing alone often promotes shyness and introvertness. As a parent, you should plan regular outings to places with outdoor equipment regularly to help your child acquire social skills, creativity, and initiation.

You can also promote the ability of your children to interact with playmates by asking a commercial playground company to design equipment for your local school or church. The right supplier and playground surfacing firm, such as MRC can affordably provide children's recreational kits. MRC is a 35-year old trusted designer and supplier with a full line chain in several U.S. states.

Apart from MRC being one of the companies that offer highly-skilled rubber and wood playground designer services, the firm can also do safety surfacing, as well as splash pads and spray parks! Promoting the welfare of your child is the most important task that parents have. When you invest in inclusive playground equipment, you are doing more than providing your children the opportunity to play silly games. You allow them acquire the necessary cooperation and social skills that they can carry with them for a lifetime.

Playground that Suits Children

Playgrounds for children need to meet appropriate safety standards. It may not be enough to just buy equipment the children will use. The playtime venue requires surfacing and themes that appeal to one-to-fifteen-year olds. After equipment and materials are in place, your children can play, have fun, and enjoy group activities. Further, unlike when children are alone, group play time allows them to develop self-control, survival skills, and to acquire lifetime social relationship capabilities.

Posted by Matt Miller

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