J.A. Dawson & Company

J.A. Dawson & Co., Inc., Your Total Recreation Resource

J.A. Dawson & Company, located in Pelham, AL, has been building parks and playgrounds for over 40 years in Alabama, Mississippi and the Florida panhandle. Our staff has a combined total of over 75 years of recreation and design experience. Two staff members are degreed landscape architect, one is a degreed architect and we also have a dregreed interior designer. No other firm can offer more professional experience in the philosophy of play or more experience in the design of equipment to meet that need. J.A. Dawson & Company is a licensed contractor in the states of Alabama, Mississippi and Florida (CBC1258579), and we are fully insured. Unlike other companies, we do not use inexperienced subcontractors to install our equipment. Our installation teams are factory-trained and certified, with no team leader having installed fewer than 50 playgrounds. The obvious advantage we offer is experience and sole responsibility for the job. All associates and installers pass a rigorous background check from the Alabama, Mississippi and Florida Bureaus of Investigation. J.A. Dawson & Co., Inc. carries a wide variety of park and recreation related products to suit every need.

PLAY. CREATE. PRODUCTS. SERVICE. Since 1978 J.A. Dawson & Co., Inc., has worked hard to bring fun and fitness to children and families across the Southeast. From parks to schools, churches to daycares, housing authorities to military bases, the team at J.A. Dawson & Co. has designed, supplied and built an average of 150 playgrounds a year. We use our superior products, training and capabilities to deliver your dream on budget and on time, and frankly, we leave the competition in the dust.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, many playground facilities have been temporarily closed to help reduce the spread of the virus. This unexpected closure provides an opportunity to perform regular maintenance and cleaning that is often difficult when the playground is open. For more information, read our blog article here: https://jadawsonco.com/articles/2020/4/playground-cleaning-and-maintenance/


Now through April 8 at 11:59 p.m. our Playground Inspection and Maintenance webinar is available on demand.
Register with code GAMETIME here: http://ow.ly/sqtT50yVd2E

Take a look at our newest National Demonstration Site for PlayOn! located at Robinson Park in Clinton, MS. GameTime's National Demonstration Site Network is an important effort for raising national awareness and helping local communities share the positive impact they are making on community health and wellness.


Big shoutout to Joe Bush and Recreation Management for the great article about the inclusive playground in the City of Hoover, Alabama.

"Inclusively designed parks and playgrounds make them more functional and fun for more people. It increases social equity and makes cities more socially and economically sustainable. We believe all parks and play spaces should be designed to be as inclusive as possible." -Dee Nance, Recreational Therapist

Read more: https://recmanagement.com/feature/202003FE01/1

#playgrounddesign #playgroundequipment #playarea #landscapedesign #landscapearchitecture #landscapearchitect #structuraldesign #adventure

The sun is shining on this colorful new playground in the City of TuscaIoosa Crescent East community! The Tuscaloosa Housing Authority has created an active playground with GameTime Ionix line of equipment. It features lots of climbing, balancing, sliding, and spinning activities and is topped off with a colorful shadow play canopy!

Big Springs Park at Springville Parks and Recreation has a fantastic new playground addition. It features a GameTime PowerScape play structure. The huge shade structures will provide relief when the sun decides to come out again! 🌧☔️

We recently completed the Woodclift Pocket Park for The City of Mountain Brook. This PrimeTime play structure by GameTime is perfect for tight spaces!

We recently completed the new playground for Albertville Kindergarten and Pre-K. It features a GameTime PowerScape play structure with sensory wave climber, shadow play toppers, and two large shade structures! This is a fantastic new playground for the youngest students!

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile, AL

We partnered with Aeiker Construction & Recreation to bring a new play space to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile, AL where they held a ribbon cutting yesterday on their new playground!

Today we were happy to open our brand new playground with the help of some of our former families! Thank you to everyone who attended and to those who made our playground possible!


Community Heroes: Alan Mumbower helps kids with disabilities discover the great outdoors

We are excited to share that our Mississippi sales associate Alan Mumbower is being recognized as a Community Hero by Clarion Ledger! His passion for providing opportunities for children of all abilities to experience the outdoors crosses over between his work and “free time”! Read more here:

clarionledger.com "They get to get away, play and learn in the outdoors. It's all about getting the kids outdoors and enjoying the camaraderie."

The students at Cornerstone Schools of Alabama received an early Christmas present with the completion of their new playground! It features GameTime PrimeTime and Ionix play structures that provide all of their elementary students with loads of activities with graduated levels of challenge!


Brachiating, also known as overhead climbing, is a favorite activity on playgrounds. This experience is one of the very few activities that is first introduced to children in a playground environment.
According to Dr. Joe Frost, widely accepted as the leading contemporary play advocate, brachiating play stimulates both the mind and the body. During overhead climbing play, nerves and muscles are developed and brain circuits and cells are formed as children develop coordination, agility, strength, confidence and motor skills such as depth and distance judgment.
Continue reading here: https://www.gametime.com/news/school-playgrounds-101-brachiating


Celebrating 40 Years in Fort Payne

Congratulations to GameTime on 40 years of manufacturing industry-leading playground equipment right here in ALABAMA!

gametime.com GameTime was recently honored to receive the key to the city of Fort Payne, Alabama. We are proud to be part of this community and to support communities around the world!

We are excited to be bringing this incredible new GameTime playground to renovate Kids Town Park for City of Clinton (Government)!

Come Roll With Me

Love how this organization is creating awareness of life with special needs and fostering friendships with people of all abilities!
#inclusionmatters #allmeansall

The mission of CRWM is to promote awareness and respect of the needs of wheelchair users by actively discussing accessibility, exploring environments, and problem-solving through activities in a wheelchair, firsthand.

Thank you, Veterans!

It's All About Balance!
It’s a fundamental need in our lives, both literally and figuratively! Click here to learn the importance of balance in child development!!

It's All About Balance!
It’s a fundamental need in our lives, both literally and figuratively! Click here to learn the importance of balance in child development!!
#GameTime #blog #balance #schools #playground #child #children #play #kids #recess #fun

Happy Halloween from the "Witches of Dawson" and Happy Birthday Sadie!


Every community has a story. Tell yours through a GameTime Custom Playground!

Make your custom play dreams come true at #NRPAConference Booth 1501 or visit www.gametime.com/playworx

We are looking for GameTime’s Next Top Model! School age children and parents, now is your chance! :) Enjoy a fun day of play and take part in our new catalog photoshoot! Join us this Friday, November 1, 9 am - 3 pm at the Jerry Tingle Activity Center in McCalla, AL as we capture the joys of play on camera! Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority


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We'd like to introduce you to the newest member of the Dawson team!


jadawsonco.com Born in 2012, Sadie the Lab joined our team in February of 2019. She is responsible for providing petting opportunities to lower blood pressure after stressful phone calls, laughs about her sleeping habits and general happiness throughout the office. She also participates in our after lunch clean up...

Climbing on a school playground is more than fun, it’s essential to childhood development. Learn more in our latest School Playgrounds 101 article: https://www.gametime.com/news/school-playgrounds-101-climbing-play

Climbing on a school playground is more than fun, it’s essential to childhood development. Learn more in our latest School Playgrounds 101 article: https://www.gametime.com/news/school-playgrounds-101-climbing-play

Northeast YMCA has added a GameTime PrimeTime play structure to their campus. It features a fun hexagonal shade structure with preschool age play activities!

Overhead climbing (brachiating) provides children with a broad range of physical and social benefits. Learn more in our latest School Playgrounds 101 article. http://ow.ly/xc6i50wNgcA

Overhead climbing (brachiating) provides children with a broad range of physical and social benefits. Learn more in our latest School Playgrounds 101 article. http://ow.ly/xc6i50wNgcA


New Park Opens in Birmingham Area Ravaged by Tornado Eight Years Ago | WBHM 90.3

wbhm.org Birmingham’s newest park opened Friday in an area devastated by a tornado eight years ago. The new "One Pratt Park” is a six acre, $8 million park in the Pratt City community.

Check out the fun new playground at Auburn City Schools Dean Road Elementary! It features a GameTime Ionix play structure that keeps kids moving with its obstacle course style climbers and activities! It’s complimented with some great freestanding activities like the Kidnetix Twirl and Mogul Climber!

There’s a science to spinning, and long-term benefits for students! Read more in our latest School Playgrounds 101 article. https://www.gametime.com/news/school-playgrounds-101-spinning-play

There’s a science to spinning, and long-term benefits for students! Read more in our latest School Playgrounds 101 article. https://www.gametime.com/news/school-playgrounds-101-spinning-play

Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority has added an outdoor fitness station to the Jerry Tingle Activity Center! The THRIVE functional training system by GameTime accommodates multiple users at once, providing a wide range of exercise options in a small footprint!


“There are approximately 6.6 million children in the United States who are affected by some type of disability. What makes a play space inclusive is creating a space that allows every child to play together, and to participate fully in a variety of activities in a mutually beneficial way.” Click here to learn the endless benefits of inclusive play as we celebrate Down syndrome Awareness Month!
#GameTime #DownsyndromeAwarenessMonth #downsyndrome #awareness #inclusion #inclusiveplay #freedomofplay

We brought Modern City by GameTime to the countryside! Surrounded by horse farms, the contrasting modern aesthetic of the Jerry Tingle Activity Center stands out and is a great addition by Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority! The playground features a Modern City play structure loaded with activities and connected to a custom PlayWorx Modern Tower!

Outdoor Alabama

Cheaha State Park opens a new playground.

Learn more at https://www.outdooralabama.com/node/2729.


Three great ways to maximize your playground budget!

Three ways to maximize your playground budget: https://www.gametime.com/news/three-ways-to-maximize-your-playground-budget

Cove Universal Playground

We are so excited to be bringing this inclusive playground design to The City of Huntsville! This custom GameTime playground will feature play equipment for all ages and all abilities!

Check out this incredible fly-through video of our playground design featuring a design by J.A. Dawson & Company with GameTime equipment! We cannot wait to go PLAY on it! Comment with your thoughts and don't forget to like and share! (We need to raise only $10K more by October 30 to make our first payment! Donate here: growcove.org/universalplayground)

The City of Florence, has renovated Gilbert Park with a new GameTime Playground! It features a PrimeTime play structure, Discover Cave, and swings!

This summer we completed the playground for Jefferson County Schools Erwin Intermediate School! It features a GameTime PrimeTime play structure with a traverse wall linking it to a sensory dome climber!

We recently completed the playground for Holy Family Elementary School as part of their Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education First Class Pre-K program! Perfect for the young students, it features a GameTime PrimeTime play structure, balance beam, and shade structure!

Exercise with a view! Children's of Alabama SHINE clinic has installed GameTime outdoor fitness equipment on the patio for use in their Physical Therapy and Weight Management program!

We are so proud to have built the playground for yet another signature park! One PRATT is the latest premier park for the City of Birmingham and it is beautiful! The playground utilizes the topography to create a series of play terraces and mounds connected with GameTime embankment slides and vibrantly colored freestanding play equipment! Another great project by local lead Macknally Land Design!

We just completed the new Imagination Tree Playground at Cheaha State Park-Alabama and it looks great! It features a GameTime PlayWorx treehouse, expression swing, rubber mulch, and a view from the highest point in Alabama! Fall is the perfect time to come check this out and visit all of the beautiful Alabama State Parks!

Modern City by GameTime is going up at Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority! This thing is big, but wait... there’s more! We are going even higher next week when it’s connected to the Modern Tower by PlayWorx! The playground will be complimented by a Thrive adult fitness station as well!

Macknally Land Design

One Pratt playground and landscape are moving quickly! Looking forward to the Pratt community soon being able to enjoy this place!

Please join us and AIA Birmingham for this exciting Inclusive workshop!

We hope you will join us for our Inclusive Workshop on Tuesday, August 20th at the Old Alabama Power Auditorium. We are offering THREE HSWs (& a delicious lunch!) for ONLY $40! However, prices will go up to $60 after 5PM tomorrow. Purchase a ticket today [http://bit.ly/AIABHM] to reserve your spot for the best possible value!

J.A. Dawson & Company is graciously providing our keynote speaker for this CEU event, Jennie Sumrell of PlayCore. She will be discussing the importance of inclusion. According to Jennie, "Inclusive play is not solely about physically accessing an environment, but what experiences happen once an individual gets there." Our attendees will learn inclusive design principles that go beyond minimum accessibility and intentionally address the needs of the whole child.

PlayCore is a purpose-driven company that develops leading research and a complete portfolio of innovative products, programs, and services to build healthy communities through play and recreation. Great play and recreation spaces are essential and beneficial for people of all ages.

You don't want to miss this amazing opportunity to learn from inclusion professionals and earn CEUs! Register today via http://bit.ly/AIABHM. Send RSVPs and any dietary restrictions to [email protected].

The students at Vestavia Hills City Schools newest school, Vestavia Hills Elementary Dolly Ridge, will be welcomed with an incredible new playground. It is loaded with activities featuring GameTime PrimeTime and Xscape play systems, huge Omni TriNet climber, saucer swing, and shades everywhere!

We recently completed the renovation of the community center playground for the Town of Steele. It features a GameTime PrimeTime play structure, KidTime toddler unit, and bright, fun colors!

We recently completed the new playground at North Pratt Park for Birmingham Park and Recreation. It features a compact GameTime PrimeTime play structure with timber roof.

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220 Applegate Trce
Pelham, AL

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