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Special Product Focus–Action Sports Equipment

Three Distinct Skate Park Product Lines

Joplin, Mo.–American Ramp Company now offers three distinct product lines, representing the industry’s three main construction methods. Its all-steel Pro Series ramps carry a 20-year warranty and offer a fastener-free riding surface. The X-Series is a steel-framed structure with a triple-layer riding surface. It also features an interchangeable finish layer. The Stealth Series is a lumber structure with Skatelite Pro or Ramp Armor surfacing.

The company claims it will listen to your needs, share the pros and cons of each method, and let you decide which one is best for your community. For more information or to request a free promo box (catalog, sample materials and DVD), visit or call (800) 949-2024.

Woodward Ramps & Rails

Lewisburg, Pa.–Woodward Ramps & Rails skate park equipment by Playworld Systems Inc. offers everything needed to provide skateboarders, in-line skaters and BMX bikers a safe and exciting space to test their skills, develop new tricks, and engage in recreational play. With a variety of ramps, rails, ledges, wedge corners and other products from which to choose, skate parks can be crafted and built to meet the individual needs and interests of any community, school or recreational facility.

Woodward equipment utilizes the most durable, highest quality materials available to assure an outstanding fit for sturdy, safe and attractive equipment. Created with the help of professional skateboarders, these ramps and rails provide users with endless hours of unstructured play and imagination. For more information, visit or call (800) 233-8404.

Skate Parks For All Experience Levels

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Barkman Concrete, a precast concrete manufacturer since 1948, offers Skate Concept concrete skate parks, which can be built for all levels of experience. The company claims it is now incorporating a revolutionary new approach to building concrete skate parks, which delivers perfectly formed and consistent concrete, and creates durable, quiet and low-maintenance skate parks. For more information, visit or call (800) 342-2879.

Under Cover

Fort Payne, Ala.—GameTime has introduced SunBlox roofs (shade structures), designed to both offer relief from the sun and give your playground a sleek new look. According to the company, the shade structure’s sturdy design allows kids to play comfortably in areas that may have previously become too hot during the peak hours. SunBlox is available in a single-piece fabric cover or in a sail design that integrates four fabric panels into one cohesive design. You can also choose from an array of exciting colors. For more information, visit or call (800) 235-2440.

Life Fitness Brings Beauty to Benches and Racks

Schiller Park, Ill.—“Beautiful” isn’t a word often heard to describe the typical free-weight area, but the new Signature Series Benches and Racks from Life Fitness are just that. The new products feature high-end design for fitness center managers who look to bring sleek styling, performance and the ability to create a cohesive look and feel to fitness-floor configurations.

“Facility center managers have told us that well-designed, attractive equipment appeals to people who’ve never stepped into a strength-training area before,” said Matt Brennand, senior product manager for Life Fitness. “This variety of visually coordinated products helps us meet that demand.”

The new Signature Series Benches and Racks deliver the performance features experienced free-weight users expect from Life Fitness. The large, flat oval tubing ensures structural stability to meet high-performance needs with a design that’s inviting for first-time users. Exercisers also have an easier time getting into a correct, comfortable position because of the products’ ergonomically sound designs. In addition, the Molded Urethane

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