Steve King, who serves as cofounder and chairman of the board, is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA), a Certified Playground Safety Inspector, and a founding member and past President of IPEMA (International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association). He is the creator of the “continuous play” concept, the topic of Steve's final thesis in the Landscape Architecture program at Iowa State University, which involves combining traditional playground equipment, such as slides, swings and climbing equipment, into an endless stream of activities that stimulate a child’s physical, social and intellectual capabilities.
Steve has been chairman of a task group of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) that worked with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) to update the ASTM F1487 Specification: a voluntary safety and accessibility standard for public playground equipment designed for children ages 2 to 12. His task group had the added responsibility of developing playground accessibility standards to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). His company, Landscape Structures, was also the first company to develop new playground events specifically meeting ADA requirements.
In 2012, Steve traveled to Zambia, Africa, with Direct Impact Africa (DIA) where he helped plan and design the first-ever playground in the village of Chiawa. He now serves on their board to assist in continuing DIA's efforts of creating sustainable food and income sources, and school improvement and health programs for local communities within Zambia.