Our mission is simple and focused: “to create fantastic, nature inspired playgrounds and other products which enhance children’s environments.”
The Bears Playground Crew was born. That was over 20 years ago and over the years we have grown and grown. Now, Bears Playground Crew consists of a complete team of outdoor play professionals, craftsmen and artists. Marcye Bears is a participating member on a technical subcommittee for the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). ASTM writes industry standards for hundreds of areas, including playgrounds. So, while we do not write the rule book on playground safety, we certainly do help. Trey Socash, with a background in Mechanical Engineering, is our Vice President and also a participating voting member for ASTM. Tyler Ponko is our General Manager and focuses on business development and playground design. Tyler Angarano helps in the office and shops as our Operations Manager. Lisa Keeler is our wonderful office manager.
Jim Dersam is Head of Manufacturing. Todd MacWhorter leads all of our installation teams as the Supervising Foreman. Lenny Yokes and James Rodgers are our Shop Managers. Our entire Bears Playgrounds Crew also includes Chris G, Mike C, Chris M, Matt T, Mason P, Cal U, Justin C, Curtis N, John D, Caleb B, Justin P, Bob M, Brandon A, Chris S, Nick F, Noah C, Noble W, Joel S, Matt C, Jim S, Brent R, Brick S, Grant M, Austin S, Ricardo P and many others. Everybody here on the “Bears Playground Crew” is important. Collectively we have earned a reputation as “Seal Team Six” of the Playground World. Currently nine members of our staff are trained and tested, Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSI).
We are members of the International Playground Contractors Association, International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA), The Association of Adventure Course Technology (ACCT) and Global Re-Leaf (an organization that plants trees for ecosystem restoration).