Landscape Structures Inc. was founded in 1971 by Barb and Steve King, and is headquartered in Delano, Minnesota. Quickly becoming one of the leading commercial playground equipment manufacturers in the world, Landscape Structures currently has more than 300 employees and a global network of 200 sales representatives who are all singularly committed to creating healthy, sustainable communities. The employee-owned company has a long, rich history of creating innovative products with incredible safety features and exciting play experiences for children of all abilities.
Interestingly, Landscape Structures began its history of innovation even before its doors opened for business. In 1967, Steve King created a revolutionary concept called continuous play for his final thesis project at Iowa State University. With continuous play, kids can move from playground component to playground component without touching the ground. This new type of design saved space while encouraging independent decision-making and interaction among kids, which is an important ingredient in a child’s development.
Through the years, Landscape Structures has continued to introduce other pioneering innovations including the first post and clamp-based playsystem known as PlayBooster®, the first gyroscopic playsystem called Evos™, featuring a revolutionary arch design, and HealthBeat™, the first gym-quality outdoor fitness system for ages 13+. Furthermore, Landscape Structures also has been at the forefront of creating accessible playground equipment for children of all abilities. Long before the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) set minimum guidelines for equal access play areas, Landscape Structures had been designing a wide array of inclusive features like our interactive, ground level play panels and TuffTurf® Tiles, which provides a smooth, protective surface for wheelchairs.
As a true industry leader, Landscape Structures believes it’s not just what we make but how we make our products that is important. More than a decade ago, we took a major step in fulfilling our mission of honoring the environment by becoming the first playground equipment manufacturer to be certified to ISO 14001 standards for environmental stewardship. This certification guarantees that Landscape Structures meets the highest standards for environmentally responsible manufacturing processes. Our sustainable practices allow us to produce the industry’s highest-quality playground equipment with the least amount of waste. The result is innovative products that are built to last for years and generations to come.
Today, Landscape Structures believes it is more critical than ever that we address issues of environmental protection and childhood obesity that affect nearly every single community. In fact, many communities are drafting long-term sustainability plans or environmental purchasing standards, and seeking more sustainable playground solutions. We make the transition to environmentally friendly parks and playgrounds easy. That’s because Landscape Structures is committed to working side by side with our customers to foster healthier kids and families, a cleaner planet and vibrant, sustainable communities for the future.