Tributary at New Manchester, a 2,500-home, master-planned community in Douglasville, Georgia
Create eco-friendly playgrounds compatible with community’s EarthCraft-certified homes
EcoPlay Structures designed, manufactured and installed play structures made with recycled milk jugs
Tributary at New Manchester, a master-planned community in Douglasville, Georgia, is truly a recreational mecca that abounds with trails, fitness centers, swimming pools, basketball courts, and tennis courts. Every home is within a seven-minute walk of a neighborhood park.
When Tributary’s developers evaluated playground equipment, they set high standards. Homes in the community are EarthCraft-certified to meet sustainable housing criteria, so developers wanted the playgrounds to be uncompromisingly “green,” too. By avoiding equipment made of wood or steel, Tributary could meet its sustainability standards, while achieving longer life cycles and lower maintenance costs.
Steve Osterbur, Tributary’s general manager, sought a playground manufacturer with an environmentally friendly track record. He soon discovered EcoPlay Structures.
“EcoPlay’s structural components are commercial-grade plastic lumber, made of recycled materials that should last us for decades,” Osterbur said. “Their team satisfied all of our criteria, and they helped us design different playgrounds suitable for different age groups.”
EcoPlay designed, manufactured and installed two playgrounds for Tributary in 2005. Over the next 12 years, he noted, only a routine maintenance checkup was needed. “Five years ago, EcoPlay came out and tightened up a few things,” he recalled, “and that’s all we’ve done over the equipment’s life. Everything is still in excellent shape!”
What advice would Osterbur give to other property developers?
And finally: “Talk to EcoPlay. We’re absolutely convinced we made the right decision.”