Playground Professionals

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Ashton, ID 83420

Playground Professionals opperates a website and digital magazine dedicated to the play and playground industry. Sara Bowersox and Jake Amen have teamed up to bring this almost 2 decade old business to new heights.


Sara Bowersox

Sara joined Play & Playground Magazine as the editor in the summer of 2017 after a 30-year career with IBM. She brings a different perspective to merge managing business goals with producing a great resource for our subscribers and partners. Sara is enthusiastic about encouraging play and sharing important information for the playground industry. She is already busy building relationships with our contributors and readers and will help lead us into the future. If you ever have any questions about our website, newsletter or magazine, feel free to contact Sara at [email protected].


Jake Amen

Jake has been part of Play & Playground Magazine since 2001 when he took a job illustrating Slyde the Playground Hound, a mascot dedicated to teaching playground safety. He also built playgrounds in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. He was lucky enough to do layout and graphic design work with the NPCAI, helping with the quarterly Playbook and the first edition of the Playground Construction School. As a freelance graphic/web designer, he helped develop the playground encyclopedia and the Playground Professionals news and directory pages, as well as the layout for The Playground Magazine.

Jake purchased the magazine and website in October of 2015 and has been working furiously to ensure the legacy of this publication. He strives to keep Playground Professionals as the authority on play structures, amenities, and industry trends.