Parks and Rec

From fluctuating weather to labor shortages, the parks and recreation industry is no stranger to unpredictability. So why not make it easy on yourself with a material that’s environmentally-friendly, durable beyond compare, and requires no maintenance? Recycled plastic lumber will withstand even the harshest weather conditions and will never require painting or staining to keep it looking great.


Plastic Lumber Works Hard, so You can Play Hard

Structural recycled HDPE plastic lumber can lengthen the life of playground equipment and provide a safe and fun environment for children to let their imaginations run wild. Poly lumber requires little to no maintenance or upkeep, elongating the project life-cycle and reducing overall costs. Plastic lumber doesn’t rot, mold or splinter like traditional wood, and it also requires no painting or staining because the color is manufactured throughout the entire product. Not only is it safe for children to play on, but it also helps keep millions of pounds of plastic out of landfills. All Bedford Technology playground building materials are manufactured using recycled HDPE plastic, which is especially appealing to consumers looking for environmentally-friendly building material options

Crowds Go Wild for Plastic Lumber Nailer Boards

Artificial turf is commonly used in areas where real grass cannot grow, or will not thrive. Typically found in sports stadiums and arenas, playgrounds and commercial landscaping, it is important for the turf to be safely fastened to the ground so it doesn’t disrupt the activity that is going on on top of it.

Nailer boards are placed under and around the perimeter of the turf area. Nails are driven through the turf and boards to fasten the turf to the ground. Nailer boards are common in landscaping and are traditionally made of wooden boards.

Traditional wood, although a common building material for this type of application, is not always the best solution because it can rot, mold and deteriorate over time. This can cause the turf to shift over time and may require replacement, which can cost time and money. Paste is another option, but oftentimes doesn’t last very long and also requires repairs or replacement. A third option is to use a wood-alternative building material that offers more benefits and a long-term solution.

Plastic lumber is a durable and tough material that can outlast wood in outdoor environments.

Edge Your Landscape with HDPE Structural Plastic Lumber

Landscape timbers are used in many parks and recreation-related projects. These timbers are constructed as edging or short retaining walls around gardens and property lines to help retain soil and sand.

Pave the Way to Increased Longevity with Plastic Lumber

Boardwalks make pedestrian and vehicular transportation more accessible by creating a level trail. These structures can span in length from a few feet to many miles. Boardwalks must be able to outlast weather conditions and meet all load-bearing requirement, so they need to be constructed using durable material.
deck in Costa Rica made with recycled plastic lumber

Boardwalk structural requirements are very important to ensure that the project is a success and remains intact over time. Since these structures are often exposed to moisture, one crucial project requirement includes using a durable material that can withstand this environment. Boardwalks are also outdoor applications, so constructing the project to outlast the weather conditions is also extremely important. If the boardwalk will act as a transportation system for heavy traffic, meeting the load bearing requirements will be crucial to project success. Another consideration is the substructure components that will carry most of the weight, these pieces require more structural integrity than the top boards because they are the foundation of the final project.

Traditionally constructed using wood, metal or concrete, boardwalks and substructure components using these materials can have a shorter life-cycle because of maintenance, repairs and replacement. When exposed to consistent moisture, traditional wood can mold, rot and decay, metal can rust, corrode and leach harmful chemicals into the ground, and concrete can crack and break down. If the load is too heavy, all of these materials can break down under pressure (literally), and require more money and time to repair.

Using a durable wood alternative could alleviate many future maintenance issues. So, what is this material? Recycled HDPE plastic lumber.

Maintain Your Landscape with Plastic Lumber

Retaining walls are used for numerous reasons in landscaping like holding back soil, improving landscape drainage, controlling water-flow and adding aesthetics. Since these projects serve a very specific purpose, it’s important that the building material used is durable, can withstand consistent moisture and other weather conditions and can meet all project requirements. Our structural HDPE recycled plastic retaining walls fit the bill perfectly.

Extra, Extra! Read all About it… For Generations to Come

Signage is all around us. From road and traffic signs to advertising and billboards, we encounter these messages everyday. There are many different types of signage, but let’s focus these projects to parks and recreation, landscaping and golf course signage. These applications include mile markers, trail markers, informational signs, hole markers, traffic signs and safety signs. These applications must remain intact for long periods of time and be able to withstand outdoor environments and serious weather conditions, all while looking aesthetically pleasing.

Eco-friendly, durable, and aesthetically pleasing, plastic lumber solutions by Bedford Technology, a Tangent Technologies company

Thought, planning, and preparation go into every fencing system, and until recently, the main product was wood. Now, with so many more options, common questions that arise with fences are repair costs, long-term maintenance and sustainability in harsh environments. Bedford Technology’s recycled plastic fencing material is superior to traditional fence materials in many aspects.