Franco Aquila and Scott Forbes, who both have over 20 years experience in designing, manufacturing, and installing indoor playground equipment and outdoor playgrounds, joined forces to establish the International Play Company, Inc. (Iplayco) in 1999. By 2004 Iplayco was a part of the award-winning Diversaflow Corporation, and in 2002, Iplayco received the Business of the Year award from the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce.1
Today, International Play Company is a subsidiary of Iplayco Corporation Ltd. and is headquartered in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Their manufacturing plant produces custom-designed indoor and outdoor play structures, which are installed worldwide in family entertainment centers, theme parks, fitness clubs, day care centers, restaurants, museums, zoos, hotels, resorts, shopping malls, municipalities, and not for profit organizations.2
With years of designing “out of the box,” International Play Company offers play space designs that include products, such as grid enclosed decks, slides, tunnels, interactive lighted floor games, moonwalk climbs, climbing nets, climbing walls, mazes, laser tag arenas, ball shooting games, giant ball obstacle courses, ball pits, towers, and 3D indoor mini golf. Their Air Trek obstacle courses utilize a safety harness and elevated challenges, such as tightropes, spinning bridges, and rope walkways without a net underneath. For young children, Iplayco offers Tuff Stuff, a variety of soft structures made of soft foam ideal for indoor play areas and swimming pools.3
As a custom manufacturer, International Play Company focuses on themes to define the play space. They take customers through defining the conceptual design for specific age groups and choosing the thematic characters, branding, colors, and specific features. Their Family Entertainment Center, called The Great Escape, is a training center used for research and development purposes and for training operators of centers to help them determine which products to use in their centers.4
All of International Play Company designs conform to the guidelines for playground safety as set forth by ASTM International (ASTM), Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), TUV SUD America, Standard Safety Performance Specifications for Soft Contained Play Equipment (F1918-98), U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Guidelines, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), and Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA). Their employees have been certified as CPRA Certified Safety Inspectors.5
International Play Company is a member of several industry associations including:
- IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions)
- IPEMA (International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association)
- IALEI (International Association for the Leisure & Entertainment Industry)
- TEA (The Themed Entertainment Association)
- IHRSA (International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association)
- CPRA (Canadian Parks & Recreation Association)6
- 1. “Corporate Governance.” International Play Company. < http://www.iplaycoltd.com/corporate_governance_directors.html > 11 Aug. 2010.
- 2. Kuryliw, Kathleen. Personal correspondence emailed to Playground Professionals. 10 Sep. 2011.
- 3. International Play Company. < http://www.internationalplayco.com/ > 20 Sep. 2011.
- 4. Bederka, Mike. “Child’s Play. Manufacturer opens up its own family entertainment center.” International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. < http://www.iaapa.org/industry/funworld/2010/nov/features/ChildsPlay/index.asp > 22 Sep. 2011.
- 5. Op. cit., Kuryliw.
- 6. “Corporate Profile.” International Play Company. < http://www.internationalplayco.com/index.php?page_id=10 > 22 Sep. 2011.