Abundant Playscapes

“We could not have asked for a better experience working with Tony and his team at Abundant Playscapes. From our initial meeting to the final presentation of our master plan design, Tony's passion and enthusiasm for connecting children with nature was apparent in every aspect of his work. The Abundant Playscapes designers are true professionals; deadlines are met, e-mails are answered, and they are genuinely invested in the successful outcome of your project. Upon hearing of our natural playscape project, many other County Conservation Boards have asked us for advice on creating playscapes in their own parks. We have recommended Abundant Playscapes every time.”
- Laura S.

Services

Whether a public space, private residence, child care, school, county or state park, let the award-winning team at Abundant Playscapes put their 27-plus years of experience in the play industry to work with you to create your next playscape. Tony Malkusak is a registered Landscape Architect. His philosophy is to involve all stakeholders in the design process to deliver an enriching the human experience throughout the play environment. Design services include:

  • Planning & Design - Abundant Playscapes includes all stakeholders throughout the entire process applying best practices while creating imaginative playscapes where humans of all abilities can be included in meaningful play.
  • Project & Budget Management - Large or small budget, Abundant Playscapes has the expertise to assess all aspects of a successful implementation that comes in on budget and on time. Tony Malkusak is a trainer for a playground safety inspector program; he will work for you to ensure the expectations of the project design phase carry through the entire implementation process.
  • Construction Drawings & Bid Specifications - Abundant Playscapes has the capacity to generate your site plan, construction details and specifications to provide the latest best practices so all accessibility standards and safety guidelines are met.
  • Community Build Oversight - Abundant Playscapes can help you with your community build project.  Our turnkey operation provides continuity throughout the entire process.  We understand the benefits of community involvement and embrace the use of volunteers to enjoy the creation of an inclusive playscape.
  • Eco-friendly Plant Designs - Abundant Playscapes incorporates permaculture practices into each design so the landscape is child-friendly and sustainable.  Our philosophy is to allow children to discover the wonders of the natural world through self-directed exploration of the landscape around them.

Tony Malkusak, President/Landscape Architect of Abundant Playscapes is a leading playground safety expert. He is one of the training faculty members for the National Recreation and Park Association's Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Program and has trained thousands of CPSI's across the country. He has participated in the Department of Justice process for Proposed Rule-making for the current Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Public Spaces. Tony can help you with your comprehensive safety and accessibility programs. Services include:

  • Playground Audits - We provide one-time comprehensive audits of playgrounds to determine non-compliant conditions found.  Our expertise will help you identify the playground hazards and compile a plan to bring your playground up to the standard of care.
  • Playground Inspections & Maintenance - Abundant Playscapes can perform your high and low frequency inspections and work with you to ensure you are maintaining the standard of care for playground safety and accessibility.
  • Safety Surface Testing - Statistics show that about 68% of playground injuries are due to falls to the surface, or lack of an appropriate impact-attenuating surface.  Abundant Playscapes can perform in-field safety surface testing for your playgrounds to ensure they comply with the current safety standards to eliminate the likelihood of a fatal or permanently disabling head injury from occurring.  We are trained in the use of the official ASTM F1292 test method for determining playground safety surfacing is safe for your children.
  • ADA Compliance Audits - Our trained staff can come in and perform an accessibility audit to ensure your agency complies with the current ADA Laws.  Every human has the right to access, move through and use all public facilities; including outdoor public spaces.  Abundant Playscapes is sensitive to all human’s rights, regardless of ability so everyone can be a contributing member to society in a dignified way.
  • Comprehensive Playground Safety Management Programs - Let Abundant Playscapes come in and help your team to generate a comprehensive safety management program for your operations.  We can train your staff, set up the baseline, or implement the entire program ourselves.

If your group is seeking an inspirational message on play or want to learn the latest trends and techniques, let Tony Malkusak share his passion, experience and wisdom on all things play. Services include:

  • Keynote Presentations - Tony Malkusak can provide fun, informative and inspiring messages to share with your group on all things play. 
  • Training Sessions - Let Tony’s 27 plus years of experience go to work for your organization to train your staff on research-based best practices.  Training sessions include topics such as; natural playscapes, child development, accessibility and inclusion, the importance of play, play facilitation, loose parts, environment design & planning, playground safety and many more!
  • Workshops & Seminars - Tony Malkusak can add to your conference with his ability to inspire people and offer creative alternatives to a whole range of topics regarding play and playgrounds.
  • Community Mobilization Events - Let Tony Malkusak help you involve the community, children and adults alike, so everyone feels a part of the play environment improvement process.