Steve King

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"I love it when people tell me it won’t work. Nothing motivates me more."

Steve King
Founder, Chairman of the Board

Steve King still serves as chairman of the board at Landscape Structures and his curiosity knows no bounds. As creator of the continuous play concept, and leader in the playground industry, he’s embodied again and again the essence of play: getting together, making up the game, connecting things and finding one’s own challenge.

He’s a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA), a Certified Playground Safety Inspector, past President of IPEMA (International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association).

For 20 years, Steve was 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). He helped Landscape Structures to become the first company to develop new playground components specifically meeting ADA requirements.

Graph paper drawing or playground layout.
Man drilling into wood plank building a playground while Landscape Structure founder Steve King stands by.

Back to the Start in Africa

Steve is a chronic problem-solver and always hungry for a new challenge. In 2012, he 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.

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