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How to Train your Dog Using Dog Park Agility Equipment
0 How to Train your Dog Using Dog Park Agility Equipment

Agility training is a great way for dog owners to bond with their faithful companions. Not only does it strengthen their relationship, but it's an excellent source of much-needed exercise, both physically and mentally! However, agility is challenging, requiring focus, patience, and consistency to become proficient. If you and your dog are up for this task then using the agility equipment at your local dog park is a fantastic place to start! So put on the leash and get out your dog’s favorite toy...

Park Amenities You Didn't Know You Needed!
0 Park Amenities You Didn't Know You Needed!

We all know about the standard furniture typically installed at your local park. Picnic tables, benches, trash cans, grills, bike racks, playgrounds, drinking fountains, and sometimes shade structures are commonly placed for park visitors to use for prolonged, comfortable stays. But did you know there are other site furnishings that add more convenience and functionality? Below is a list of park amenities you didn’t know you needed:

Commercial Bat House

Bat Houses

Bats are nature’s nighttime exterminators. One b...

Bring People Together with a Variety of Park Amenity Games
0 Bring People Together with a Variety of Park Amenity Games

People of all ages yearn for the outdoors, due in part to the pandemic that kept everyone indoors and secluded. Craving for fresh air and open space, locales like campgrounds, parks, community centers, and other gathering places saw a huge spike in visitors during COVID.

According to the 2022 KOA North America Camping Report, campgrounds achieved record-setting occupancy during the COVID-19 outbreak, and glamping and RVs became more popular than ever. As of 2021, seven in 10 households identify...

Eagle Scout Projects
0 Eagle Scout Projects

Thank you Eagle Scout Jason Osborne II, for allowing us at Park Tables the opportunity to assist in the realization of your Eagle Scout Project. Not only did you fulfill your promise of two ADA picnic tables for the Welin Community Center, but you also went above and beyond to install recycling bins to protect the local wildlife. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you and we wish you all the best in your upcoming endeavors as a future leader in our great country. Job well done!


Dog Parks: 5 Frequently Asked Questions about Dog Parks
0 Dog Parks: 5 Frequently Asked Questions about Dog Parks

Every dog has its day. And with more owners taking their beloved canine companion to their local dog park, that day can be once a week or more! Dog Park has been growing in popularity since 2011 with over a 30% increase within the US. This rise has intrigued many communities in possibly starting up one of these pet-friendly amenities for their residential pet parents to enjoy. 

Dog parks are a great way to improve pet health and temperament by letting them run freely, play with other dogs, and just have the opportunity to be themselves. Dogs are highly social and active animals. Negative behaviors can develop within a pooch whether it be stress from loneliness, depression, or boredom when they are confined. Behaviors can include excessive barking, biting, scratching, accidents, or chewing up pretty much anything. For this reason, dogs require routine exercise and opportunities to play. Many dogs need more room to run than what their homes have to offer and would benefit greatly from a visit to the local dog park.

Dog Park can also benefit inner-species bonding. It’s a great place for animals and animal lovers to interact within their own social groups. As dogs play a game of chase within their off-leash pack, their humans can break the ice by starting conversations with their common canine interests and develop friendships of their very own.

Different Commercial Trash Receptacles Lids and their Uses
Different Commercial Trash Receptacles Lids and their Uses

When you're in charge of deciding which kind of commercial trash can lid is best for your business location, you're likely keeping in mind aesthetic features such as size, color, the overall shape and how well the receptacle will blend into its environment. These are important things to think about, but it's also critical to ensure that the industrial garbage can lid you're selecting can hold up to the rigorous demands of daily use.

All commercial trash receptacles ostensibly serve the same function: To collect garbage. However, different patterns of the foot and vehicle traffic should be considered when choosing a lid.

If the garbage can is for outdoor use, its lid must be able to withstand extreme weather conditions such as gusty winds, snow, and ice or constant, penetrating sunlight. Lids that are too complicated to use or that look dirty are unappealing and discourage individuals from using them at all, which can increase littering habits. That's why it's so important to select the right type of lid to guide the public into using the trash receptacle the way you want them to use it.

Buddy Benches: Build Friendship and Foster Interaction at Schools
0 Buddy Benches: Build Friendship and Foster Interaction at Schools

Buddy benches are a great way to foster more positive interactions at schools. And with research indicating a growing issue of loneliness and isolation in children, these benches do more than look cute on playgrounds. They're a simple, practical tool in the fight against issues as big as child loneliness, social anxieties, or environmental changes like school transfers.

Curing Your New Commercial Park Grill
0 Curing Your New Commercial Park Grill

At Park Tables, our Commercial Grade Park BBQ Grills are made to last! Most of our grills will rarely need replacing and will serve thousands of families and friends over its long life. An important first step to ensure this longevity is to prepare the park grill in a process often called “curing”.  Before taking out the hot dogs and hamburgers, the grill needs to go through this curing process to prevent any manufactured materials from contaminating your food. By following these simple steps, you will successfully break-in your new grill for many safe and tasty future barbecues!

Choosing the Right ADA-Compliant Picnic Table
0 Choosing the Right ADA-Compliant Picnic Table

If you’re designing a public outdoor space or recreational area, this means you should be aware of the specific requirements for ADA compliance as it pertains to your park and picnic space. Many tables can be sold as “wheelchair accessible,” but this doesn’t necessarily mean they are also ADA compliant. In case of an audit, there are a few important distinctions to be aware of when choosing your outdoor picnic tables.


Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service!
0 Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service!

Park Tables is celebrating the 100-year birthday of the National Park Service this August 25th! We are a proud member of the NRPA and have served many national, city, and state parks across the country. As a leading supplier of outdoor furniture to the parks and recreation industry, our mission is to provide excellent service to our local, state, and national parks. We have supplied outdoor site amenities such as picnic tables, benches, grills, and trash cans for parks of all sizes. We are proud...