LEXINGTON, Ky., April 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- NASPO ValuePoint, a unified, nationally focused cooperative alliance that provides the highest standard of excellence in public cooperative contracting, recently awarded eight suppliers Parks and Recreation Equipment contracts, including Allplay Systems, LLC, Landscape Structures Inc., MRC Inc., Northwest Playground Equipment Inc., Play & Park Structures, Playworld Systems, Inc., Rubberecycle, LLC, and Superior Recreational Products. These contracts now offer a variety of options from which to choose in an effort to revive state parks and municipal and school playgrounds.
According to a recent National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) article, "Americans visit their local parks and recreation facilities an average of 29 times per year." With that in mind, and given that "nearly all Americans (96 percent) or someone in their household visited their local park or recreation center within the last year," according to the NRPA study, it is concerning that "the number one reason Americans say they do not engage with parks more often is a lack of time followed by a lack of quality facilities nearby [emphasis added]." Furthermore, according to a 2016 Kampgrounds of America (KOA) study, "Currently, 61 percent of U.S. households camp at least occasionally, up from 58 percent three years ago." In light of the growing number of Americans who camp and visit local parks and recreation facilities annually, it is critical that the quality of these facilities improve exponentially.
NASPO ValuePoint is ideally positioned to help state and local entities reach this quality level, and at an affordable price. Take advantage of these new ValuePoint agreements by engaging with our eight awarded suppliers, saving you time and money in the process. These best value contracts are available for state governments (including departments, agencies, institutions), institutions of higher education, K-12 schools, counties, cities, and other eligible entities.
"We are excited about the future ramifications for having awarded these suppliers our new best value contracts and what it means for the quality of our state parks and municipal and school playgrounds," said Shirley Smith, State of Oregon Procurement Analyst. "The scope of these contracts includes delivery and installation, assisting customers with developing plans and drawings, and inspection of installed structures to ensure safety and compliance with all Child Protection and Safety Act requirements." Benefits of these agreements include:
- Competitive pricing
- Comprehensive range of equipment and services
- Provides both national and regional awards to meet socioeconomic considerations
- Obtains more favorable terms and conditions than those previously obtained by individual state and local governments
- Allows for added value services
- Commitment to green initiatives and environmentally sustainable/recycled products
- Provides assistance with fundraising
NASPO ValuePoint is a unified, nationally focused cooperative aggregating the demand of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the organized US territories, their political subdivisions and other eligible entities spurring best value, innovation and competition in the marketplace. The NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Organization (formerly WSCA-NASPO) provides the highest standard of excellence in public cooperative contracting. By leveraging the leadership and expertise of all states with the purchasing power of their public entities, NASPO ValuePoint delivers best value, reliable, competitively sourced contracts. Since 1993 NASPO ValuePoint has been the cooperative purchasing arm of NASPO (the National Association of State Procurement Officials) encouraging, fostering and guiding the nation's most significant public contract cooperative.
SOURCE NASPO ValuePoint