Playworld Systems


About the Company:

Playworld Systems® Inc. began life in 1952 as QE Manufacturing Company, a family-owned producer of precision machine parts. Seven years later we entered the playground industry as a supplier of high-quality products for other companies. As our reputation as a quality supplier grew, so did the demand in both the playground and recreational markets. Seizing the opportunity, we introduced our own brand of commercial playground products in 1971 under the company name Playworld Systems®. In January, 1999, Playworld Systems moved to our current corporate headquarters in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Through the years, we have experienced phenomenal growth to become one of the industry’s leaders. We expanded our company to include several product lines that reinforce our company mission of providing recreational opportunities for people of all ages.

Today, Playworld Systems is in its third generation as a family-owned business. We are proud of who we are and what we do and it shows. We remain devoted to providing the best recreational play equipment in the world!

Since 1971, we’ve actively taken part in helping our industry grow and change by creating innovative products, raising the bar on safety and inclusion and by responding to the needs of our customer. Playworld™ products serve parks, schools and public playgrounds with an emphasis on children ages 5-12 years. Some of our innovative playground lines include GroundZero®, SkyTowers® and CityScapes®.

In 1987, a new division called PlayDesigns® began producing products specifically for the early childhood market. Featuring lower steps and smaller handholds, PlayDesigns activities are fun and colorful, and created specifically to be both age and developmentally appropriate for children ages 1-5 years.

Woodward® Ramps & Rails
In 2002, we teamed up with the world renowned Woodward® Camp to become the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of Woodward® Ramps & Rails. Our goal is to provide local communities, park districts, and business owners with the highest quality, lowest maintenance, most rideable skate park products available. By tapping into the input from thousands of skaters, boarders and bikers and adding our 30 years of experience, we have created a product line that addresses the most critical needs and issues of both action sports enthusiasts and park operators.

Understanding the importance of keeping older adults active, Playworld Systems introduced LifeTrail® in 2003. Walking is the most common form of recreation among older adults. We designed a series of ten outdoor Wellness Stations that turns an active older adult’s daily walk into a more complete fitness program.The stations are designed to provide age appropriate physical activity to maintain and enhance endurance, flexibility, strength and balance.

Extensive research went into the planning and design of LifeTrail®. Each one of the Wellness Stations was conceptualized and designed in collaboration with gerontology, kinesiology and recreation experts from Penn State University. LifeTrail® was extensively field-tested by older adults.

Climbing Boulders™
In 2004, Playworld Systems teamed up with a premiere climbing wall manufacturer, to create Climbing Boulders™. Available in five different sizes, our Climbing Boulders are perfect for climbers of all ages and abilities. Climbing Boulders have the look and feel of real rock, including the horizontal banding that comes from wind-erosion. The rounded edges and rock-like texture provide hand and footholds with a real natural feel for climbers.

International Exposure
Over time, our customer base has expanded and now includes a significant volume of international business. Our first European presence was launched in 1996. Located in Herefordshire, England, it acts as a warehouse and sales office for our United Kingdom markets. In 2001, our second international office opened in Paris, France. Through these offices, we manage our distributors throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America.

Playworld Systems is proud to be ISO 9001:2000 certified. ISO 9001:2000 is a comprehensive quality standard that applies to companies that design, manufacture, and service products. It is recognized and accepted as a quality certification program around the world. The ISO standards contain stringent criteria with respect to quality systems and the processing of customer orders.

All facets of a business including product design, engineering, purchasing, manufacturing, sales, customer service, quality assurance and shipping are covered by ISO criteria. Certification is awarded to those companies that demonstrate commitment to and performance in manufacturing and shipping high quality products.

Playworld Systems is founding member of IPEMA and is committed to producing products that meet or exceed ADA and CPSC guidelines, and ASTM, EN, and CSA standards. Our products are also backed by the most comprehensive warranties in the industry, attesting to the high-quality standards of the products, the work force and the management.

Awards and Recognition
Our company is nationally recognized for excellence in design, having won two gold medals in the prestigious International Industrial Design Excellence Awards, two Recreation Resources Awards, a gold medal from International Design Magazine, two Early Childhood Directors’ Choice Awards and the Recreation Resources’ Editors’ Choice Awards for Safety Excellence.

We recognize that our success results from the collective effort of everyone who works here. Playworld Systems received the coveted 100 Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania Award in 2001 and 2003. In 2002, Playworld Systems earned the prestigious Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence.

Our Distributors
Playworld Systems’ products are available through a network of professional distributors. These distributors have been selected to provide you with personalized local service. They will help in every phase of your project, from planning, to the final installation. For more information and complete expert service, go to and select your local area.