It was a pleasure working with BDI Play Designs. You listened to our needs and responded quickly and appropriately. You were easy to contact, and were always prompt to respond. You answered a million questions and genuinely seemed happy to do so. You kept us on track and and on-budget. You were flexible in handling last minute changes, including changes to the borders and the size of the playground a month prior to the build. When the planning team needed last minute schematics and posters for special presentations and grant applications, BDI actually had them couriered. We met our deadlines and were successful in receiving donations and grants as a result.

Although several playground vendors were recommended, we ultimately chose BDI, because
we felt most comfortable working with Tanya & Elbert; we LOVED the Blue Imp products; and they were able to provide the most equipment for the same price. We felt confident about our choice from the beginning, and now that our playground is built, we can honestly say that working with the Blue Imp and BDI teams was the right choice.
We are so happy with the Blue Imp products. They are safe and exciting. The kids are really getting a workout, but are having too much fun to even realize it! We also loved the fact that BDI and Blue Imp are Alberta companies - we were buying local, helping Albertans and reducing our carbon footprint, all at the same time. During the build, BDI's on-site supervisors, Greg and Hope, were excellent. They worked really well with the volunteers, kept everyone on task and ensured that our volunteer-built playground was perfectly installed. We even wrapped up our build early thanks to their supervision and our dedicated volunteers!

Our planning team was thoroughly amazed that BDI managed to include everything (seriously!) that the kids put on their playground wish list. This was an amazing feat! We needed a more challenging playground, which would accommodate our growing school. The kids wanted a fun playground, where they could play 'grounders'. BDI was able to take all of our input to create a beautiful layout.

Parents and school staff are happy with increased visibility, and the new picnic tables and benches are well-utilized. BDI & Blue Imp were even able to create custom signs in Spanish for our bilingual school. The playground colours are amazing and we keep getting compliments. Parents from around the community are bringing their kids to play after school and on weekends. Our new playground has really brought the community together, and it's even become a “destination playground”, where people from around the city are willing to travel.

Muchas Gracias, BDI!
Melanie Zimmer
Collingwood School
On behalf of the board members and ownership group of Millgreen Village, we thank BDI Play Designs for their tremendous efforts in the replacement of our aged playground.
After experiencing challenges within the playground marketplace, and with only 120 days left before the first anticipated snow of the year, Elbert and his team were able to take our vision from idea, to reality.

Elbert immediately listened to our wants and needs, recommended a course of action, and without stretching beyond our fiscal budget was able to create a plan that worked for our community.

His team cared for us every step of the way by looking after each aspect of the project from the removal and disposal of the old materials, to completing and rehabilitating the surrounding landscape. They kept us informed and flexed the plan when we wanted a slight change in the course.

This project was a major undertaking for our community and it would not have been completed on time and on budget without the efforts and support of BDI Play Designs Inc.

Scott Cameron
Vice President, Millgreen Village Condominium Association 2014/15
Calgary, Alberta, T2Y 3W1, 403-619-2263
Millgreen Village Condominium Association
"Building a playground is not something that happens easily or overnight. Tanya and Elbert at BDI Play Designs Inc. are so knowledgeable and patient that it makes this process much less stressful. They were always just an email or phone call away!

Our playground at Dorothy Dalgliesh Elementary School in Picture Butte took approximately 16 months from our first meeting with Tanya to the building completion. During that time, I can’t count the number of emails that went back and forth -not to mention phone calls and face to face meetings. I had no clue where to start or what building a playground would entail, but am so glad I called BDI! They came to our site and gave us invaluable pointers and information about what needed to be done step by step. They were so patient and supportive with all the changes we asked for (and there were many) as well as answering the never ending questions we seemed to have.

Our build supervisor Greg, was also very relaxed and knowledgeable with all our volunteers which made the build run very smoothly. BDI Play Designs Inc. genuinely cared about our project and were a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to build or replace a playground.

Thank you so much Elbert and Tanya (and staff)!”
Dorothy Dagliesh School
To Whom It May Concern,

It is with great pleasure that I provide this letter of reference for BDI Play Designs, Inc. As a new school in the Calgary Catholic School District, we opened our doors to students in the fall of September 2010. Immediately, our school council embarked on a long, exciting journey to build a playground. We had a very dedicated group of parents who started the process of fundraising early in the year, however, we knew little about building a playground and the process to follow.

Our fears were short-lived, as we contacted four different playground companies to make a presentation to our school council. Our anxieties diminished after the presentation from Elbert and Tanya from BDI Play Designs, Inc. Their presentation highlighted their incredible play structures, product knowledge and sample play structure designs. They demonstrated the highest level of professionalism throughout their presentation. They even presented us with our own School District’s guidelines on playgrounds. We were thoroughly impressed with BDI’s ability to take our suggestions and design a playground that met our students’ interests, our school’s needs, and also had that “WOW” factor.

Throughout the two-year process, communication with BDI was exceptional. Questions, concerns, fears, and surprises were handled in a timely and professional manner. Elbert had very good communication with us whether it was in person, by email, and/or phone. His communication skills were a significant reason why our playground build was so successful. Finishing our build a day ahead of schedule can be attributed to Elbert’s leadership, organization and planning as well as a credit to our volunteers.
BDI’s commitment to our $300,000.00 project did not end with the completion of the structure. Elbert continues to respond to questions or minor concerns immediately ensuring students safety at all times.

As a school principal, I would work in collaboration with Elbert, Tanya, and BDI in the future as I believe you would be hard pressed to find a more professional company to work with. In the words of Albert Einstein, “Play is the highest form of research”, and BDI made this project a reality for our students and the community at large.


Mr. M Bolder
Christ the King Catholic Elementary/Junior High School
Christ the King Catholic Elementary/Junior High School
To Whom It May Concern,

I am very pleased to provide this letter of reference for BDI Play Designs. The District of Sparwood undertook a large playground renewal project in the spring of 2015 replacing five of the community’s playgrounds and the pool slide.

BDI's proposal for the replacement equipment was top-of-the-line, presenting the most features and play value compared with the other seven proposals submitted to us through the RFP process. BDI took great care to ensure they were meeting all the requirements of our RFP and ensuring diversity amongst the play equipment and maximizing the play value of each playground.

During the installation process BDI crews were respectful of the park lands and neighbors with no complaints resulting from the demolition and construction process. We were very pleased with the care taken with the installation and any concerns identified were addressed to the satisfaction of Sparwood.

BDI also undertook the design and installation of a pool slide. This process was more complex than first anticipated and resulted in the redesign of the slide portion of the structure. BDI undertook this redesign at no additional charge to Sparwood and spent a significant amount of time and resources ensuring the new indoor slide was safe for the public to use and was installed to our specifications. The public is now enjoying this new feature which is a significant improvement to the pool. I would like to highlight that the new slide cost less and is a much more attractive feature than those currently marketed for pools.

BDI’s customer service and dedication to ensuring all project requirements are met was exemplary and I am please provided this letter of reference. If the opportunity presents itself Sparwood would be pleased to work with BDI on future playground projects.

Duane Lawrence
Director of Community and Facility Services
District of Sparwood
District of Sparwood