"Our new playground was installed this past summer 2016 at our preschool in north Seattle. Finding the best company took a little bit of research and time. With all the prompt returned phone calls and visits from Courtney Brown and the quality of sample materials that Buell provided it clearly was the company we wanted to have build our next playground.
In running a preschool and catering to children ages 2-5 years old we had to look at specific age appropriate activities and the playground equipment that children would engage in and safely explore. Buell provided materials such as the twisted rope/zigzag path for balancing, the dome mountain and rock ramp for climbing and the tunnel for exploring. The swings and monkey bars are classic favorites. Courtney was able to help recommend and put all these playgorund features together to make a dream playground for us. He looked at all the different spacial areas and explained why specific pieces would fit and keeping the children's safety as number 1.
The Highlands neighborhood is nestled among a beautiful wooded forest full of old natural growth and beside the Seattle Golf course. The colors, texture and design were very important to us and we wanted the playground to blend in well with surroundings. Buell provided us with so many different choices that fit our design plan. The wood grain and natural outdoor wood panel look fit perfectly. The dark green tones with a lighter green accent color were exactly what we were looking for.
As an educator it feels good to believe we provided our students with safe products that help them continue to grow and explore while spending time outside in the Pacific Northwest. Thank you to Buell Recreation and Courtney Brown for creating our unique and beautiful playground enriched with everything a child could want."
--Kerry Sewell, Director/Head Teacher, The Highlands School, Seattle, WA
"Thank you for your help in designing our facility. We get kudos from everyone who comes
to our playground."
--Debbie Justice, Executive Director, The Learning Center, St. George, Utah
"They (the kids) love the playground! I've heard lots of positive comments from parents too. Great work! My advice for the next school would be to have four spinners because they are very popular."
--Matthew Whitten, Bellinham Schools, Bellingham, Washington
"I have not seen, but heard report of the Skypods being installed earlier at Errol Hassell Elementary!" I want to thank you so much for getting this in before the end of the year. The kids are going to be amazed on Monday! - AND - the Fifth grade class will get credit for their part in this as a class gift. I know delays were caused on our end, and you worked around that and managed to beat a very tight deadline. Your company was very easy to work with and if I ever have the opportunity again, I will recommend Buell Recreation. Thanks again!"
--Lorri Ranslam, Errol Hassell PTO President, Beaverton, Oregon
(Testimonials are not intended to imply that similar results can be achieved in every case; each case is unique, as is each client)
"I initially contacted Buell Recreation for information on shade structures to cover our old play structure. Doug Buell gathered information about our current play yard and presented multiple options to fit our individual needs. We moved forward with an entirely new play structure that had shade umbrellas already attached. Doug and his team were extremely helpful throughout the entire process and he was always available to talk when I had questions. Thanks to Buell Recreation the children at our facility can enjoy playing outside the entire school years."
--Ben Fennimore, Program Supervisor, Family Building Blocks, Salem, Oregon
"Our Orting Parks Volunteer Built Playground was a huge success with the efforts of volunteers and our Buell Recreation Rep Courtney Brown. Courtney was there for all questions we had and treated each of the issues with professionalism and we felt there was not anything Courtney could not do! From start to finish he made the experience fun and worth doing it again! The knowledge of the equipment and being there for a phone call, an email or in person Courtney was there for us.
When we plan our next playground we can't wait to work with Courtney and the gang again! Thank you Buell Recreation and Courtney Brown, for all of the amazing time and dedication you provided. Because of you, Orting has one of the best playgrounds around!"
--Becky Meek, Parks and Recreation Director, City of Orting, Washington
"Thanks to Buell Recreation we have an amazing ADA accessible playground in one of our most heavily used parks. A huge thanks to Courtney for being there every step of the installation! Our community is extremely excited about their new playground structure. A very nice product and exceptional service. Thank you Buell Recreation!
--Aaron Milner, Parks Lead, City of Bothell, WA
"Working with Buell Recreation was a wonderful experience. We decided in October to put in a playground for our elementary school and we were told by our district that it had to be done either during the Christmas break or in the summer. It had to be times when the children were not present. For several reasons, we needed it to be the earlier date ...click here for complete story."
--Elisa Spurlin, Fammatre Elementary School, San Jose, CA
"You guys are truly the BEST IN THE BUSINESS!!!"
--Matt Kemph, Facilities Coordinator Region ESD Sound to Harbor Head Start/ECEAP
"Thank you Courtney for checking back with us. The playground installation went very well and the installers did a fantastic job! The students were so excited to return from winter break and see the new equipment. They love all of the new options and it's really helping them build their muscles. We are happy with the purchase of the equipment. Thanks so much!"
--Brianne King, Orting School District, Orting, Washington
"The new playground is in and it looks so good. Despite the awful weather we had a great bunch of volunteers to help with the install. We have had many compliments on how it looks and are very happy that we used Buell Recreation on this project. We hope to have a community fundraiser that will allow us to add more play events in the future. This project was time and money well spent. The kids love it!"
--Jeff Nicholson, Park Commission Board Member, Mukilteo, Washington
"I just wanted to extend a personal thank you to you for helping my realize my vision of a natural playscape for Roots and Wings. I have run up against a lot of brick walls because I am just a small home daycare, and have Big League dreams without a Big League budget! I won't forget this kindsness, and I will be keeping Buell Recreation in mind for referring friends and clients. Have a wonderful day!"
--Laurie Ciardullo, Owner, Roots & Wings Daycare, Las Vegas, Nevada
"It was truly a pleasure working with Courtney Brown and Buell Recreation as we began developing the playground for our new elementary school. They made every effort to provide a variety of options for us and were very helpful and responsive to any questions we had. Buell representatives made several visits to share and discuss their recommendations and provide us with sample layouts and pictures for the kids to see. In addition, the company developed all of the specifications and provided the paperwork required to meet the district, city and state requirements for installation. Our students love the equipment so much that we have ordered a second unit!"
--Dave Adams, Principal of Cordata Elementary School, Bellingham, Washington
Landscape Online 2017
Bandon City Park
Bandon Western World
City Park, Edmonds, WA
Landscape Architects Specifier Features:
Muckleshoot CDC- Pg 62-68
Holcomb Elementary School
Oregon City School District
Pioneer Park Playground
Rose Warren Elementary
Laurelhurst Park Playground
11th Street Park
James Sales Elementary
92nd Street Park
"Buell Recreation was amazing to work with! They took the time to listen to our ideas, needs and wants, then visited our site and came up with several great options for us. They communicated perfectly during every step of the process and made us feel like we were their most important client. We could not have had a better experience in designing and choosing playground equipment for our school!"
--Lisa Allen, PTA President, East Elementary, Cedar City, Utah
"Buell Recreation is AMAZING! We worked with them on a complete overhaul of our lower playground at St. Thomas More School in Portland, OR. Doug and his team worked tirelessly as consultants, engineers and artists to insure that the design and installation of our Burke structure -- and really, the playability of our entire area -- was perfectly suited to the needs, abilities and desires of our students. Doug even brought a designer on site to make real time adjustments to our design so we could get a real feel for the impact of all potential options. Now THAT is customer service!
Thanks to Buell Recreation, we were able to be 100% confident in every decision we made from the two necessary perspectives: safety and fun. We wholeheartedly recommend Buell Recreation and are grateful for the terrific spirit of partnership they brought to our project. Our kids are excited every day to get outside and play in their "new" area. Our whole community thanks Buell Recreation!"
--Amy Dice, St. Thomas More School, Portland, Oregon
"Received the playground! Everything looks great and should be installed this weekend!"
--Jonathan Hicks, Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Lane County, Oregon
"Install went fantastic! Installers were flexible and kind to our students. Our students had MANY questions and they were so patient to take a couple of moments to answer them. This remodel is one of the biggest things yet for our students, so their questions are very important to them! As they watched the construction, students commented, "Mrs. Schroeder, It is SO BEAUTIFUL!". We are currently working on the track, but are hoping that by the end of the week, we will be able to teach the rules and expectations so that kids can start playing! We are planning a community celebration on May 19th and 2:00 and a school celebration on May 23rd in the afternoon. You are more than welcome to attend! Thanks again!" (click here for link/image)
--Kristin Schroeder, Principal, James Sales Elementary, Tacoma, Washington