BINGHAMTON, N.Y., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Can children play checkers or chess and learn how to protect our environment at the same time? Many of you would say "Absolutely!" and Green Way Pavements of Binghamton, NY has helped make it possible.
Since the Children's Museum and Discovery Center of Binghamton, NY had a deteriorated concrete driveway, Zeljka Roksandic, owner of Green Way Pavements™, decided to make a special donation to the Discovery Center. She designed a 11' x 11' checkerboard using EcoRaster® Pavers, by alternating black and white gravel filled grid-pavers, surrounded by a white border. This environmental friendly product allows children and adults the ability to play life-size chess and checkers outdoors whilst learning about "Going Green".
According to Pokey Crocker, the Executive Director of the Center, "Children love it, and the Board Members are very grateful." The Center acquired a set of large checker and chessmen markers. Children can play their opponents individually or as a team. Best of all, it's not a sit-down game—it's exercise! You must walk your marker to the desired black or white paver space.
Though children and adults can play and interact with one another, they can become more aware about "Going Green". Children can learn about permeable vs. impermeable surfaces, how the ground helps the purification of water, and about the water table below their feet. Adults can better understand the importance of dealing with the increasing demands of climate change, storm water control and preventing floods.
A solid educational curriculum can be built around the EcoRaster® Checkerboard. Actually, every school and university should have a one on its campus. The EcoRaster® Checkerboard, as simple as it may be, can be the very spark in our children's eye that opens up a new conscious of protecting the environment.
The EcoRaster® is a 100% recycled permeable plastic grid-paver system. Its interlocking square grids snap together like puzzle pieces. They are strong enough to support an army tank and permeable allowing storm water to seep back into the underground water table. This proven product prevents pollution and flooding, stabilizes the existing groundwork as part of an erosion control, and even works as a decorative piece showing your creativity. Pokey Crocker says: "The Good News, with all the torrential rains and winter snow plowing, the checker board remained dry and beautiful, and we are very happy."
EcoRaster® applications range from residential driveways to patios and playgrounds. Commercial projects include: parking lots, trails, access roads, horse stables, paddocks, golf course greens, golf cart ways and more. EcoRasters® can be filled with grass, gravel, sedum, mulch or soil. Pavers provide strong structures with a natural look.
It is great DIY project for kids, parents and schools. Kits with installation instructions are available including the history of the game and basic environmental facts. Be creative! Go play some checkers or chess! For further information call Zeljka Roksandic at 607-724-2438, or visit Green Way Pavements™ at www.greenwaypavements.com
SOURCE Green Way Pavements