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Cool water at the playground

Cool water at the playground

From small water play combinations to water adventure worlds

Water has always acted like a magnet on children, from the smallest to schoolchildren. It is able to take on the most varied of properties, is infinitely malleable and controllable, and can be both gentle and powerful. We know from observations in our amusement park “OBRA Kinderland”, among others, that water play facilities can captivate and keep children busy for a long time.
Many playground operators are aware of this, as we can see from the many inquiries in this area. In practice, however, it is often the case that water playgrounds are not used because the construction and operating costs are assessed as too high. There are also fears of high running costs for the water. And this is not entirely without good reason, since water playgrounds require drinking water quality and, if they are drawn from the local water supply, costs can be quite noticeable at places with high water consumption.

Economical water play combinations

Therefore, OBRA Design has developed small water play combinations that offer a lot of fun with a manageable budget and also with the water dispensers variants that regulate the water consumption well. As small water play combinations made of wooden elements, we offer the popular classic 78250 mini water play as well as the new water play “Water Flea” 78242. A fully assembled water play combination, the “Frog King” 78490 water play with the funny water dispenser in the frog design, is also available in the particularly high-quality stainless steel version.

  • 78250 mini water feature

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  • 78242 "Water flea" water feature

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  • 78490 "Frog King" water feature

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All these small water play combinations have in common that the water is supplied via water-saving devices, either via a robust push button that releases a small amount of water when pressed, or via a tap that can be closed again by a supervisor when there is enough water to play in the channel system is. There are also different versions of the handle pumps in the OBRA Design range, which emit different amounts of water per piston stroke. In addition to these small water play combinations, our program offers enormous possibilities to build water worlds with all imaginable play functions, be it from the proven wooden channel system, from stainless steel channels or as designed streams with built-in water play elements for blocking, rerouting, driving, etc. on our website among Sand and water play equipment and in ours Cataloge, which you can order free of charge, you will find many examples.

Water play area in Pullman City, Eging am See (DE)

Water play area in Pullman City, Eging am See (DE)

It should also be mentioned that in times of climate change, water play systems have an additional function in addition to the great fun they offer children: Evaporation of the water results in additional cooling of the environment and thus a more pleasant microclimate. Since, as already mentioned, children like to linger longer in the water play area, it also makes sense to shade these areas. If there are no natural sources of shade in the form of trees, OBRA Design is happy to help with a large selection of shade sails and shade pergolas.

Awning / shade pergola

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Generation Corona - reviving social contacts through active play

Generation Corona - reviving social contacts through active play

The COVID-19 pandemic, popularly known as Corona, has been keeping us in suspense for over a year. Several lockdowns with school closings and the associated contact restrictions have particularly affected children and young people. In addition to the social component, the decline in physical activity is evident in this age group.
In addition to the way to and from school, physical education fell victim to the corona-related school closings. The tendency towards more complex distance learning within one's own four walls left less time for movement, and playground closings in numerous cities and communities, especially during the first lockdown.

Now that the signs are pointing to relaxation and the pandemic seems to be slowly coming to an end, at least in Europe, the topic of meeting friends at the playground and spending time together and having fun is once again becoming a topic. Mindful of our mission "playfully move our society", we at OBRA Design have been offering a wide range of play equipment for all age groups for almost 50 years. Just in time for the restart, our new main catalog will appear with numerous exciting new items, which you can find under this Link (to order catalog) can order. In addition to individual new releases with different game functions such as the role-playing device "Fire truck" or "Climbing forest with tree house" the main innovation in 2021 is our completely revised tower system program "OBRA-MAXIMO" on the market. In addition to some bestsellers in "OBRA-MAXIMO KLASSIK", "OBRA-MAXIMO NEXT" a thorough revision of the program launched with more play value, smart color accents and qualitative improvements. Those who want it to be of particularly high quality and durable are well served with the "PREMIUM" rail.

OBRA-MAXIMO Next

Tower systems in two designs:
NEXT & NEXT Premium

  • 51240NX Hexagonal Tower Fusion

  • 51240PM hexagonal tower Fusion, premium version


Meeting point at the playground

Young people have a particularly difficult time in pandemic times. Your need for joint ventures with your peers is limited by business and local closings. Public space is becoming all the more important as a meeting point, but where there is often a lack of high-quality offers for young people where they can be active. Although this deficit has long been known, the circumstances of the pandemic shed new light on it and show that investments in this area can no longer be postponed. Even if the COVID-19 pandemic is coming to an end and we all hope that there will be no more lockdowns in the future, Corona has shown us in general the importance of exercise in fresh air as a balance. Here, too, OBRA Design offers numerous play and movement objects that beautify the lives of our youth, such as our proven OBRA TriMo line.
  • 68800 Ff OBRA Tri Mo bathing lake Regau 1
  • 68800 Ff 8 OBRA Tri Mo special version, natural color, mountain station Schattberg Saalbach 004
  • OBRA Tri Mo bathing lake Regau 4

OBRA TriMo

So let's hope that we can finally leave the COVID-19 pandemic behind us and that together we can create high-quality open spaces for our society where everyone can "move around in a playful way"!


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Fitness trends for public spaces

Calistehnics, street workout

Fitness trends for public spaces

The cult of one's own body and keeping it in shape through fitness has become an omnipresent topic since the introduction of social media into our lives. This is underpinned by the number of fitness studios operated in Austria, which according to the Austrian Chamber of Commerce amounts to 1.239. In 2018, the total turnover of domestic fitness companies was around 554 million euros.

Since the corona pandemic at the latest, the importance of publicly accessible fitness offers has become visible and raised to a new level. Many working people were forced to stay at home overnight and used the time for physical exercise - outdoors, of course, since all gyms were closed. For many of the common endurance sports, there is no need for training equipment in public spaces. However, if you think of weight training or fitness offers for seniors, offers in the communal area are essential for the population willing to train.

Trend sport calisthenics

Strength training with your own body weight as a trend sport “calisthenics” or “street workout” has meanwhile also spilled over to Europe. What originally began in small groups on the east coast of America has quickly spread to large cities worldwide and is also forming a steadily growing community in Austria. Street workout is particularly popular with teenagers and young adults who value fitness and body styling.
  • Fitness facility Sonder Kreilplatz Vienna 09
  • Street workout Robinia Alma Seidler Weg Vienna 2
  • Street workout 2

Planning examples street workout systems

Calisthenics systems from specialist companies are characterized by their compact yet multifunctional design. Especially products that are made entirely of steel are characterized by low maintenance costs. Systems with a wooden frame and stainless steel elements for training, on the other hand, integrate better into a natural environment. Our creative team will be happy to develop a suitable system for your project. Our specialist advisor will also be happy to come to you to develop a concept.

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Fitness trails, keep-fit ​​trails, workout trails

Fitness and workout trails are an inexpensive option for municipalities or tourism associations to offer the population and visitors a range of sports. The station-like training devices are popular as a supplement to existing running routes. The stations can, however, be located just as compactly on one area. The training devices of such fitness and workout paths are aimed at different areas such as strength training, balance, coordination or even stretching. Extensive offers can be created through individual compilation and ranking. Discover the different products on our website and inquire about them with a few clicks of the mouse without obligation.
Investments in fitness offers for public spaces pay off socially. Regular training has been shown to drastically reduce the risk of getting seriously ill. Thus, the cost burdens on the health system are sustainably reduced. In a society in which people are getting older and older, appropriate offers help to keep seniors fit and agile, which makes everyday life easier.

Fitness trail equipment

If your community or institution would also like to move society together with us, we look forward to hearing from you.


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Creative Indoor Playgrounds

Creative Indoor Playgrounds

Your ideas are in good hands with us

As a pioneer in playground construction in Austria, OBRA was presented with ideas for special play equipment and playgrounds decades ago. Our philosophy was then and is even more so today to support the creativity of our customers and to let it take shape in playgrounds. At the same time, we developed a program 10 years ago with which Indoor-Let play areas creatively equip, which you can use in ourn Brochures can take a picture. We present some of our tailor-made indoor play systems to you in this newsletter.

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Creative play facilities - your ideas are in good hands with us

Creative play areas

Your ideas are in good hands with us

As a pioneer in playground construction in Austria, OBRA was presented with ideas for special play equipment and playgrounds decades ago. Our philosophy was then and is even more so today to support the creativity of our customers and to let it take shape in devices. At the same time, we developed a variety of creative play facilities ourselves, which you can see in our Cataloge and on ours website can take a picture. So you can rightly say that OBRA has established itself as a market leader in customized play equipment. In the following, we would like to introduce you to some playgrounds and individual devices that show this focus at OBRA.

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The right playground equipment for every requirement

The selection of play equipment and possible combinations for the design of the playground is almost endless. Anyone who is not confronted with this topic every day will find it difficult to combine the right devices for their requirements.

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INDOOR PLAY AREAS - Plastic was yesterday

As autumn moves into the country, outdoor playgrounds can soon no longer be used continuously for a few months. Thus, the little guests have to find an appropriate range of exercise indoors in order to be able to live out their urge to exercise.

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Inclusion in playgrounds

Playground operators are increasingly encountering the keyword “inclusion”. Inclusion in playgrounds means the possibility of use or participation in the game by everyone, regardless of age, gender, origin or individual abilities

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INTERPRETATION OF INNOVATIONS OF THE PLAYER STANDARD

At the beginning of October 2018, the revised version of EN1176, the European playground equipment standard, came into force. The Playground Builders Association Austria, SBVA for short, of which OBRA-Design is a member, has taken this as an opportunity, together with TÜV Austria, to clarify unclear norms and to define common guidelines for Austria.

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