Vermont Governor’s Conference Discusses How Parks Make Life Better

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Landscape Structures scholarship program supports keynote Dr. John Crompton's discussion improving communities with parks.

Landscape Structures Inc., a Delano, Minn.-based commercial playground manufacturer, along with its Vermont playground consultant, O’Brien & Sons, Inc., is scheduled to exhibit at the 69th Vermont Governor’s Conference on Recreation Sept. 26-27, in Fairlee. The conference will feature Dr. John Crompton, distinguished professor of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University and well-known researcher and author, as the keynote and presenting speaker. This learning experience was made possible through the 2012-2013 State Association Speaker Scholarship program from Landscape Structures.

In keeping with the Governor’s Conference theme, Dr. Crompton’s keynote topic will discuss how Parks Make Life Better. He will articulate how parks make life better for both park users and for members of the community who don’t make much use of them. He will also present his views on repositioning. Dr. Crompton is known worldwide for his work, and his research on public recreation during difficult financial times has made a significant impact on the industry.

The 80-minute session will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 8 a.m. Prior to the keynote, delegates will have the opportunity to visit O’Brien & Sons and Landscape Structures in the exhibit hall to learn about the latest trends in playground design including custom and theme designs, concrete as a playground material and creating truly inclusive play environments. The scholarship from Landscape Structures is supporting two additional presentations from Dr. Crompton on Thursday at 9:30 and 11:50 a.m. These sessions will focus on The Economic Benefits of Parks and How to Raise Prices without Making People Mad, respectively.

About Landscape Structures Inc.
Since 1971, Landscape Structures Inc. has been the leading commercial playground equipment manufacturer in the world. The employee-owned company is committed to making the world a better place with active children thriving in leading communities year after year, generation after generation. Landscape Structures encourages outdoor play that develops healthy kids and a sustainable world by creating innovative products that are environmentally responsible. The company’s mission from day one has been to enhance children’s lives by fostering and creating inspiring play experiences while honoring the environment.

About O’Brien & Sons, Inc.
Family operated, O’Brien & Sons, Inc. is the leading supplier of outdoor recreation equipment in New England. The company provides product and consultation for items such as playground equipment, site furnishings, steel shelter/pavilions, bleachers, athletic equipment, water play splash pads and much more! Founded in 1929, O’Brien & Sons continues to provide customers with high-quality equipment at competitive prices and with the top-notch service they deserve. A third generation of the O’Brien family is now providing the same quality as prior leadership, and they strive to ensure that their name will be associated only with the finest manufacturers, and caring, courteous service to clients backed by undeviating integrity. O’Brien & Sons understands that the endurance of a company depends on how well it regards its customers. They require value, quality, responsiveness, courtesy and fairness. O’Brien & Son’s products and service reflect that fact.

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