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About CRS

Three members of CRS's installation team spinning a ZoomTwist.
Two members of CRS's installation team installing a Village Window Panel.
Team photo of Katie Hodgins and Ashley Smulski at an outdoor playground.
Beach with "CRS 2020" written in the sand.
Team photo of Katie Hodgins, Lauren Sinclair, Robert McCoy, and Lori Vogelaar on a beach.
Katie Hodgins sitting in a Wobble Sphere with her two children, Grayson and Emmerson.
Black and white team photo of Katie Hodgins, Lori Vogelaar, Lauren Sinclair, Ken Schamp, and Robert McCoy playing on a Tot Builders Truck.
Team photo of Katie Hodgins and Lauren Sinclair sitting on a foam sculpted Caterpillar and Frog by Soft Play.
Black and white photo of the Kinette Playground grand opening in Vegreville, AB.
Team photo of Kylie Russell, Katie Hodgins, and Robert McCoy at the Argyll Community League in Edmonton, AB.
Robert McCoy swinging on the Rail Rider by Little Tikes Commercial.
Black and white team photo of Jedd Russell, Robert McCoy, Lauren Sinclair, Katie Hodgins, Lori Vogelaar, and Kylie Russell in Las Vegas, NV.
COMPANY

We are a professional playground design company, but we think like big kids!

Meet The Team

We're an award-winning provider of commercial playgrounds to schools and communities across Western Canada. We love what we do, and it shows on the excited faces of kids who enjoy our playgrounds every day.

Robert McCoy, Team Lead at Canadian Recreation Solutions.
Team Lead

Robert McCoy

My name is Robert and I’m the founder of CRS. I have a big passion for the outdoors, and this passion carries over into my work. Whether I’m taking care of the day-to-day operations, or directly involved in a project, I enjoy motivating my team to success.

After 20+ years in the industry, I’ve been active in all aspects of playgrounds. From the first phone call to the final walk-through, I love helping my clients achieve their playground dreams. Throughout my career, I’m proud to have been a part of so many rewarding projects.

Katie Hodgins, Team Lead at Canadian Recreation Solutions.
Team Lead

Katie Hodgins

Hi, I’m Katie and I represent Northern Alberta for CRS. I live, sleep, and breathe playgrounds, and there’s nothing I won’t do to make your project a resounding success. I’m committed to creating great play experiences that go above and beyond your wildest dreams.

Working in playgrounds for as long as I have, the outdoors is pretty much part of my DNA. Every year, I go on many exciting trips with my husband Davis and two amazing kids. You can often find us hanging out at the lake, taking our dog on hikes, or travelling the world!

Jedd Russell, Playground Specialist at Canadian Recreation Solutions.
Playground Specialist

Jedd Russell

Hi, I’m Jedd and I represent Central Alberta for CRS. As a father of four, I know a thing or two about what kids like. My children have inspired me to push the envelope with my designs, and this has led to some pretty awesome playgrounds! I’m so lucky to have their support.

Those who know me know that I’m a hands-on person. I love being on site to oversee the installation process, ensuring everything runs smoothly. Although building a playground has its challenges, it’s well worth it in the end. Getting to see kids enjoy my playgrounds is absolutely priceless!

Karlee Good, Playground Designer at Canadian Recreation Solutions.
Playground Designer

Karlee Good

Hi, I’m Karlee! I’m ready to rock your world with the best playground designs you’ve ever seen. On a daily basis, you can find me meeting with our playground specialists to discuss their customer’s needs. I’m so grateful to be a part of so many rewarding projects.

Having two kids of my own, I take a child-friendly approach to every playground I design. Being a mom has really helped me connect with our customers and understand the importance of playgrounds. Simply put, I never design a park that my own kids wouldn’t play on!

Davis Hodgins, Marketing Lead at Canadian Recreation Solutions.
Unpaid Intern

Davis Hodgins

Hi, I’m Davis and I lead CRS’s marketing team! I’m a long-time entrepreneur who has spent over 15 years building brands, launching products, and leading teams. I specialize in developing unorthodox strategies that break the mold and go against the “rules.”

In the business community, I’m proud to participate in Startup Edmonton, where I advise various startup companies. I’m most grateful for my family, who push me to be a better husband and father every day. This includes my wife Katie (who’s also my boss) and my two amazing kids, Grayson and Emerson.

Playground Specialist

Adrian Singh

Hi, I’m Adrian! I come to CRS with over 15 years of experience in project management, construction, and graphic design. I’m also a CPSI certified playground inspector, which allows me to achieve my clients’ playground dreams while still prioritizing the safety of children.

In my community, I’m the Secretary of the Arts & Culture Council of Strathcona County and a frequent volunteer at the Jasper Place Wellness Centre. In addition, I’m the Founder of The Alberta Sightseer Co., an Alberta-based art and design house.

Catherine Von Eschen, Office Manager at Canadian Recreation Solutions.
Office Manager

Catherine Von Eschen

Hi, I’m Catherine and I manage CRS’s day-to-day activities. I keep everyone on the same page and make sure that nothing slips through the cracks. Whether I’m tracking orders, balancing the books, or talking to clients, I bring a detailed eye to everything I do.

At home, my husband and I share a love for cooking. I’m a world-class baker (or at least my daughters think I am), and I take custom requests here and there. In my down time, I enjoy camping trips, the outdoors, and playing with my kids on our fabulous playgrounds!

Jordan Lamash, Marketing Support at Canadian Recreation Solutions.
Marketing Support

Jordan Lamash

Hi, I’m Jordan! I’m CRS’s marketing extraordinaire. On a daily basis, you can find me writing up a storm for our website and playground proposals. I enjoy chatting with my coworkers about their love of play and the impact our playgrounds have on the community.

Outside of work, music is a big passion of mine. If I’m not at home playing the drums or listening to my record collection, chances are I’m at a concert. And if I’m not doing any of those, then I’m probably reading a biography about one of my favourite artists.

Ken Schamp, Playground Specialist at Canadian Recreation Solutions.
Playground Specialist

Ken Schamp

Hi, I’m Ken and I represent Southern Alberta for CRS. Most people know me for my attention to detail, which I gained during my 25 year career in construction. Down to the last bolt, I ensure that my playgrounds are a safe and welcoming environment for all children.

As a dad of two girls, I’m usually busy playing dress-up, baking cookies, and doing arts and crafts. But, when I get a second to myself, I’m an avid hockey enthusiast. I enjoy rooting on my favourite team (Go Flames!) and playing in my local community league.

Kylie Russell, Team Support at Canadian Recreation Solutions.
Team Support

Kylie Russell

Hi, I’m Kylie! I support CRS by overseeing all aspects of your playground including design, delivery, and installation. Being only 5 feet tall, I’m basically like a big kid on the playground! But thankfully, this allows me to suggest fun play experiences to my clients.

When it’s time to relax, I enjoy cooking, the outdoors, and spending time with family. I’m also an avid traveler, and I’ve been all over the world with my husband Jedd. I like to experience new things, and I bring this passion for discovery into every project I take on.

Meaghan Machado, Marketing Support at Canadian Recreation Solutions.
Marketing Support

Meaghan Machado

My name is Meaghan and I’m all about the details! I love creating graphics for our playground proposals and showing off our awesome equipment. I’m passionate about play, and I bring this passion with me to the hockey arena, where I play defence for the Grumpy Bears.

When I’m not at my desk or the rink, you can find me out and about with my little guy. From testing out our playgrounds, to scouring antique malls for the best vintage finds, we go on lots of adventures together. There’s no telling what we’ll get up to next!

Culture

Our talented team are solutions-based leaders who enjoy building relationships with their clients. They value the positive contributions our playgrounds make to communities across the country.

Their creative approach to every project allows them to deliver superior playgrounds and long-lasting memories.

Values

A commitment to Quality!

Leading the industry with safety and innovation.

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A commitment to Inclusivity!

Welcoming for children of all ages and abilities.

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A commitment to Fun!

Inspiring creativity and imagination in young minds.

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