Hometown Highlight: Playgrounds Etc

Josh Bartlett can recall growing up when his parents, Frank and Kay Bartlett decided to start their own residential playground business. It started as a side-job to help support their growing family, but in 2006 they realized there was an even greater need in the area than what they had thought - that’s when Playgrounds Etc was born.

Family-owned and operated, Playgrounds Etc is the only playgrounds equipment supplier in West Texas. However, their service far expands the Permian Basin with playgrounds built throughout the entire state of Texas in addition to New Mexico, Missouri and Downtown Chicago.

They offer start-to-finish commercial playground services and can help design, lay out and install site furnishings, shade structures, sports equipment, custom-themed playground equipment and more. Whether it’s for a church, school, daycare or park, Playgrounds Etc is dedicated to providing quality detail services that “place the customer over profit.”

They’re more than just playground equipment though; they’re also about the “heart of service.”

“Keeping kids active and giving them an exciting and motivating place to play is important,” said Josh Bartlett, who now serves as the company’s Sales and Marketing Manager. “If we can provide kids with a place they want to go - where they are begging their parents to take them - we’re also encouraging family units to bond. Instead of just staying at home watching TV, they’re going to the park, staying active and making memories.”

Much of the equipment used by Playgrounds Etc not only encourages physical activity, but it is also more specialized in strength, agility and fine motor skills training compared to more traditional park equipment, according to Josh.

From the initial site visit, 3D mock-ups and customizable options, Playgrounds Etc offers local service that focuses on quality and affordability for any commercial business or organization. For more information, please click here to visit their website or you can visit their Facebook page for up-to-date information on current projects and more. They can also be reached via phone at 432.687.6388.