Corporate Member Spotlight: Kidstuff Playsystems, Inc.

Written by: IPRA Interns Posted on: March 27, 2023 Blog: News & Updates


The Indiana Park and Recreation Association had the chance to discuss Kidstuff Playsystems with Richard Hagelberg, CEO. Read below to learn more about our corporate member Kidstuff Playsystems!

Tell us a little about your corporation/organization.

Kidstuff Playsystems was founded 41 years ago in Gary, Indiana by Richard Hagelberg, operator of childcare centers and George McGuan, a journeyman carpenter and job superintendent. The goal was to build high quality playground equipment for schools and parks. Originally playgrounds were wood and metal. Shortly afterward the transition began to steel and plastic. Kidstuff was one of 8 founding members of the International Play Equipment Manufacturer's Association (IPEMA) and has been IPEMA-certified to ASTM F-1487 since 2004.

How does your corporation/organization impact parks and recreation?

Kidstuff provides high quality play experiences for children that are both fun and challenging. Our goal has been and still is to provide value and quality to the purchasing organization.

Why do you choose to be a member of the Indiana Park and Recreation Association? How long have you been a member?

Kidstuff has been a member for about 20 years. We believe the association provides valuable services to park and recreation professionals. Kidstuff has sponsored a number of regional meetings over the years.

Please tell us any additional information you would like to be included in your feature.

Kidstuff sells nationwide through a network for school equipment dealers and recreation professionals. Kidstuff designs and builds the play equipment and arranges the installation and safety surfacing for the customer. Kidstuff has recently hired a salesperson for Indiana, and we plan to become more active in IPRA.

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