Custom outdoor classroom teaching circle

Doty & Sons manufactures a standard line of concrete products, but also manufactures custom products for clients.  Our custom division manufactures custom products that ship nationwide.  Past projects have included custom benches, bike racks, security bollards and planters.    This year Doty & Son’s quoted a project for a school in Chicago. This project included an outdoor classroom teaching circle.   This bench would allow outdoor learning and teachers the opportunity to enhance the learning experience outside the classroom. 

Outdoor classroom teaching circle.

The bench is 21 foot outside diameter and 12.33 foot inside diameter.  The bench is designed with an additional bench on top.  The top bench is 18 foot outside diameter and 15.5 foot inside diameter. 

Photograph showing custom bench.
Teaching circle at school in Chicago

Doty & Sons submitted drawings and samples for owner and architect review and approval.

The bench was cast in 13 bottom sections and 13 top bench sections.  Challenges included manufacturing the bottom sections with slope in two directions.  This included a flat center area (not sloped) for the top bench section to rest.  The bench was designed for ADA access.  This created additional challenges since the design would have extremely sharp angles on the end sections.  

Close up view of bench. Bench is 21 foot outside diameter and 12.33 foot inside diameter.

Polystyrene foam was used to help reduce weight in bottom sections.   The seat surface was polished and sides lightly sandblasted.  The seams were caulked on site after installation.

By |December 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Concrete Foosball Table

Concrete Foosball Table with stainless steel rods.  Colored playing field.

Foosball table shown in Kahlua color.

Doty & Sons Concrete Products, Inc. has been manufacturing quality precast concrete products since 1948.  One of many product lines are outdoor games for permanent outdoor use.  This product line includes: Ping pong/table tennis, Cornhole (B.Y.O.Bags),  Ladder Toss and Game tables.  This year, we are introducing a concrete Foosball Table to our line of outdoor products.  We have studied similar products on the market today and have added features what we feel are important for a better product.    Owners, Sam and Tom Doty were also avid foosball players (before children) and know how the game is played.  You will like this table!

Features include:

  1. Reinforced concrete table and legs with light sandblast finish.  Available in standard gray color.  Special colors also available.
  2. UHPC ultra high performance concrete field. Pigmented color green or charcoal
  3. Stainless steel rods, 316 stainless
  4. Table and field sealed with graffiti resistant sealer.  
  5. Stenciled playing field lines (goal box, penalty box and center line)
  6. Heavy duty I-Beam support construction. I-beam is powder coated twice for added protection.
  7. Center hole ball drop
  8. Optional stainless steel scorekeepers
  9. Easy access ball drop areas at ends
  10. Stainless steel table levelers
  11. Foosball men secured with stainless steel security screws
  12. Stainless steel anchor kits for permanently securing table
  13. Sloped corner goal area for 1 man goal table.   Optional flat field goalie area for 3 man goal table. 

Stainless steel rods standard. Corrosion resistant 316 stainless

UHPC concrete floor. Sealed with graffiti sealer matte finish.
Stenciled center liner for a professional look.

Stenciled goal box and penalty area standard.  Sloped corners for 1 man goalie.  Flat field/3 man goalie option available.

Powder coated I-Beam support frame.

Stainless steel scorekeeper optional

Center ball drop standard

Stainless steel levelers standard


By |August 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Concrete Ping Pong – Table Tennis with Curved Concrete Legs

Doty & Sons has introduced a new style ping pong table with stylish curved concrete legs. This table, Item number T1086050, is the fourth style ping pong table now manufactured by Doty & Sons. This table includes many of the same features of the other ping pong tables.

Features include:

  1. Regulation size table top 108″ x 60″ x 30″ High
  2. Table top thickness 4″
  3. Heavy Duty Reinforced Concrete
  4. Polished playing surface.
  5. Table top sealed with 2 coats of concrete sealer.
  6. Top coated with anti-graffiti sealer.
  7. Chamfered edges
  8. Heavy duty 4″ I-Beam Support system. I-Beam is powder coated.
  9. Stainless steel net and gussets. Strongest net on the market today. See Jeep drives over ping pong tables: https://youtu.be/ARSRSlU89ck
  10. Stainless Steel security hardware.
  11. Custom logos and signage available.
  12. Optional accent panel available in stainless steel and IPE
Concrete ping pong table
Concrete table tennis Item T1086050 shown with special graphite table top and white legs. Stainless steel net is standard.
Concrete ping pong table with stainless steel net
Table Tennis/Ping Pong Table Item T1086050 Shown with special graphite color table top and white legs. Shown with optional stainless steel side panel.
Concrete Table Tennis
Concrete ping pong table. Item T1086050 with stylish curved legs. Shown with special graphite color table top and white legs. Optional IPE wood accent panel shown. Stainless steel net standard.

Doty & Sons makes a complete line of outdoor game products. Other outdoor game products include: concrete cornhole boards B.Y.O.Bags, Ladder Toss, Game Tablesand coming soon a Foosball Table.

Doty & Sons has been manufacturing quality concrete products since 1948. Call today if you would like information and pricing for any of our outdoor game products. We also manufacture a complete line of concrete site furnishings. Other products include: litter and recycling containers, benches, tables and table sets, planters and security bollards.

By |April 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Permanent Ladder Toss Game

Made to Stay! Made to Play!

Ladder Toss with concrete supports
Permanent Ladder Toss

First Permanent Ladder Toss Game

Research indicates that time spent outdoors can improve a person’s health and happiness. Parks, playgrounds, campgrounds, and beach recreation areas are designed to keep people physically and socially active. The benefits of participating in fun, outdoor games extend beyond improved personal well-being. They have a positive impact on the community, too.

Great for Parks or any recreation area.

Cities, park districts, apartment complexes, and universities across the country know that well-utilized recreation space boosts social ties and reduces crime. Until now, the challenge was to find affordable, low-maintenance outdoor games that appeal to a wide range of ages and require minimal upkeep.

Doty & Sons is offering a solution by introducing B.Y.O. Ladder Toss game to its line of permanent, outdoor recreation products. Ladder toss is played by throwing bolas, two balls connected by a rope, from 15 feet away onto a freestanding, three-rung ladder. Point values are assigned to each rung and the first player or team to reach 21 points without going over is the winner.

What makes the B.Y.O Ladder Toss game unique is the concrete stand. Because concrete has a long service life, it conserves resources by reducing the need for reconstruction, and resists weathering, erosion, and natural disasters. Few repairs and little maintenance will ever be needed.

Available in two styles

B.Y.O. Ladder toss is available in two styles, detailed as follows:

Item LT4232 has concrete ends with steel rungs.  Concrete is reinforced and available in standard and special pigmented colors.

Permanent with Concrete Stand
Ladder Toss Game for outdoor fun.

The rungs are made of solid, 1” steel bars that are powder coated twice for extra protection against the elements. The bars are secured to the stands with stainless steel security bolts and additional colors are available upon request.

All Steel Ladder Toss with an industrial look.

Item LTS4232 is all steel.  The All steel model is heavy duty I beam construction.

Ladder Toss all steel
Permanent All Steel Ladder Toss

The steel is powder coated twice for extra protection against the elements.   Standard color is black. 

Rungs are available in many colors by special order.  Standard color is silver gun metal. 

Ladder Toss will make a great addition to any park, apartment complex, campground, resort or beach recreation area. 

Ladder Toss can be purchased as follows:

  1. Stands with rungs.  For customers who have existing concrete pads. 
  2. Ladder Stand with Base   The precast base and stand can be installed same day without need to mix concrete. 
  3. Ladder Stand with Base & Throwers Blocks.  Precast throwers block makes a nice set and prevents wear spots in the lawn.
Permanent outdoor Ladder Toss
Ladder Toss Stands shown near a park shelter.

For more information about Doty & Sons and their extensive product line, go to www.dotyconcrete.com.

By |January 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Security planters for schools

Concrete planters and bollards are great for adding security to any building,  including schools.  Whether by accident or intentional it is possible for vehicles to crash into schools.  Concrete security planters and bollards are great for adding security and be decorative at the same time.

Doty & Sons manufactures a complete line of decorative and security planters. We also manufacture a complete line of  security bollards, both permanent or movable, set on top of existing concrete.

Last year Doty & Sons was contacted by officials from Adlai Stevenson High School District 125, located in Lincolnshire, IL.   They inquired about purchasing planters and bollards for the school. They were concerned about vehicle security at the school. Several areas on the school campus were not secure, vehicles could possibly run into the building.  School officials wanted something nice looking, but also large and heavy enough to stop a car from running into the building.  After looking through our catalog and web site they decided on purchasing concrete bollards and planters for the campus.   The security planter size they selected was 72” X 24”x 30” high, Item P722430.  As per their request, Doty & Sons made special custom caps for the planters.  The caps added height and a decorative element to the planters.

Bollards selected were 16” square x 36” high, Item number B161636. Other items purchased were concrete litter and recycling receptacles LR2142 and sign post blocks.

Doty & Sons manufactures a complete line of litter and recycling containers, tables and table sets, benches and outdoor game products. Call toll free 800-233-3907 to talk to one of our knowledgeable sales staff. We will be glad to help answer any question you may have. Photographs show the building after installation. The bollards purchased were installed at other entrances on campus.


Concrete planters

Rectangular planters with custom caps.

Concrete litter receptacles and planters

Concrete Litter and recycling containers with rectangular planter with cap.

Security Planters

Security planters at Adlai Stevenson High School

By |April 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Concrete ping pong/tennis table. Outdoor fun!

Playing ping pong is fun indoors, but now can be played outdoors!  Whether at a park, apartment recreation area, water park or any outdoor location, playing ping pong is fun!  Grab your paddle and ball, go and play.

Doty & Sons has introduced a new style ping pong/table tennis to it’s line of outdoor game products.  Ping pong table, Item T1086045 features as stylish leg design and heavy duty I beam supports. Doty & Sons manufactures ping pong tables that include the following features:

1. Regulation size table top
2. Heavy Duty reinforced concrete 
3. Polished playing surface
4.  4″ Thick top, bolted to the base, that is 33% thicker than most on the market. 
5.  A  1/4″ thick stainless steel net, sandwiched between the top tops.  Gusseted end supports.  No maintenance.  Strong!
6. Stainless steel net will not require maintenance in the future.  
7. Sealed with 2 coats of concrete sealer. 
8. Table top sealed with one of the best anti-graffiti sealers on the market.  
9. Lifting tools provided to make assembly easier.
10. Contrast sandblast name and/or logos available.  Dedication plaques available. 
11.  Available in standard and special colors.
Our mission is to make superior products at reasonable prices,  without sacrificing quality. 
This table is a new addition to Doty & Sons Concrete Products line of outdoor games.
We now offer three styles of ping pong tables.
Other game products include:  our popular concrete cornhole boards, B.Y.O.Bags.  Outdoor game tables include: checkers, chess, and backgammon.
We will be introducing a dominos table and foosball table soon!  Call for more information.

Polish table top with stainless steel net standard

Heavy duty stainless net.
The strongest on the market today. Regulation height (6″)  additional 4″ sandwiched between the table tops. Heavy duty gussets add strength.

Table available in different colors.  
Table shown with graphite color legs and french gray color table top.

Outdoor game products

Heavy Duty ping pong/tennis table with heavy duty I-beam supports.

Ping pong table with stainless steel net

Add a wood accent to each side for a classic look. Shown with IPE lumber accent panel. French Gray color table top with SB11 (granite aggregate, sandblasted finish)  legs shown.

By |February 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Security Planters on Broadway Street in Times Square

Decorative Planters and Security Barriers

Concrete planters are great for adding color and beauty to any setting. They are also great for adding security, as security barriers.  In August of this year Doty & Sons shipped concrete planters to Nelson Construction to be installed on Broadway St. in New York City. The planters they chose were 36” Dia. X 30” High and 26” Dia. X 30″ High.  Nelson Construction won a contract to deliver and install the planters in front of Winter Garden and Broadway Theatres. The planters will add a decorative look to the area, but the main purpose was to prevent vehicles from entering the area.

Earlier this year a driver knowingly drove his vehicle into pedestrians in this area.

The planters were installed to help prevent this from happening in the future.

Doty & Sons manufactures over 100 different sizes of concrete security planters. We offer different styles and shapes. Decorative/security planters are available in both standard and special colors. The planters delivered on this project were a standard exposed aggregate finish, EX2 limestone.

Security for both buildings and pedestrians, is very important. Doty & Sons also offers security bollards and pedestrian security blocks/shapes. Concrete bollards can be installed for permanent mounting over steel pipes or pinned and epoxy mounted. Security blocks/shapes can be set in locations to prevent or slow down unwanted vehicles.

Visit our web site for available options or call. Our knowledgeable sale staff will help answer questions you may have.


Security Planters

Planters 36″ Dia. x 30″ High.

Security planters

Security planters. Taken at night.

Decorative planters

Security planters installed on Broadway St. in New York, NY.

By |December 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Buddy Benches installed at school for Eagle Scout project

Buddy Bench.

Doty & Sons manufactures concrete benches with recycled plastic lumber.  Item B4151 is 5 foot long, 2 concrete legs, recycled plastic lumber back and seat with stainless steel hardware.  The benches are great for recognizing individuals or groups, remembering loved ones (memorial benches) or class gifts. Recently a Boy Scout, Colin Good,  came to us about his Eagle project.  We worked with him so he could purchase three Buddy Benches for a local school. Colin organized the project which include installing concrete block and the benches.  An article about the project recently ran in the local newspaper.

This article appeared in The DeKalb Daily Chronicle is copied here.

Collin Good, a Boy Scout from Troop 2810 chartered out of Sycamore Lutheran Church, recently completed his Eagle project. He installed three Buddy Benches at his former school, Southeast Elementary in Sycamore.

The idea of the Buddy Benches began in Pennsylvania in 2013 when a first-grader thought it would be a great concept and sold his school and community on it. Since then, many other schools across the U.S. have adopted the idea. The benches create a kinder playground culture by having a place for kids to sit if they don’t know what to do on the playground, are new to the school, or are just afraid to ask to join a game or group of kids. When other students see a child sitting on the bench, they should invite the child to join their group or sit down and get to know the child. It combats bullying and playground loneliness, and promotes awareness of the needs of others.

Good began his project by presenting the idea to Southeast Principal Mark Ekstrom, who was excited about the concept and asked for three benches, one for each playground. At Ekstrom’s request, Good helped co-chair the school’s fall pie fundraiser, which is used each year for playground improvement. His responsibilities included creating a flier about the benches to hand out with the pie order forms, counting pie orders, unloading the delivery truck and sorting customer orders, delivering pies and thanking each customer personally for helping support his project.

The next phase of the project took place in the spring. Good and Ekstrom finalized their choices and ordered the benches from Doty and Sons. The Doty family has strong ties with Southeast School and provided a generous discount on the benches. The three back slats on each bench are engraved with the words “Southeast School,” “Buddy Bench,” and “Do a Good Turn Daily,” which both explains the purpose of the benches and is the motto of scouting. A few weeks later, Good organized volunteers to prepare the ground for each bench to be installed. This involved digging, adding sand and leveling and placing the concrete pavers for the benches to sit on. The benches were then assembled and bolted down.

The final piece of the project was to provide the students with education about the benches. Good and several other scouts shared a PowerPoint presentation and acted out several skits to demonstrate how to use the benches.

Concrete bench are durable and maintenance free.

Bench shown before installing.

Benches for schools

Buddy Bench shown on site at Southeast School
Sycamore, IL

By |September 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Concrete ping pong table with steel base and concrete cornhole sets for Dwyer Park, Winnetka, IL

Concrete ping pong table with steel base.

Concrete cornhole bag toss sets.

This summer Winnetka Park District renovated Dwyer Park. The project involved updating the entire park including new site amenities. Doty & Sons provided some of these amenities. Plans specified a concrete ping pong table and concrete cornhole boards, B.Y.O.Bags, for the park. We worked with Winnetka Park District’s landscape architect in selecting the products that fit best the new park’s landscape and design.

Doty & Sons currently offers two styles of ping pong tables. Item T1086030 has a concrete top with concrete base. Item T1086035 ping pong table has a concrete steel top with steel base. The architect selected T1086035 for this project. They also selected was a special terra cotta color top with black steel frame. They also selected two sets our Doty & Sons concrete cornhole/bag toss games in the same terra cotta color.

The park district recently held a grand opening at the park.  The photographs show the ping pong table on site as well as the concrete cornhole sets.


Here is a list of features for the concrete ping pong table with steel base:

  1. Regulation size table: 108” x 60” x 30” High
  2. Table top thickness 4”
  3. Heavy Duty Reinforced Concrete
  4. Polished Playing Surface
  5. Top secured to base with stainless steel bolts
  6. Table top sealed with two coats of concrete sealer
  7. Anti-Graffiti sealer top coat applied to the table top
  8. Outside corners are 1/4” chamfered for child safety

Steel base: 72” x 48” x 26” High

  1. Steel I-Beam Construction
  2. Anchor plates, four per table
  3. Steel frame powder coated in a two part process: 1.Zinc rich base coat 2. top coated with selected color
  4. Standard color is black
  5. Concrete weight: 1032 lbs.each section, 2064 lbs. total
  6. Steel weight: 551 lbs.
  7. Total weight: 2615 lbs.

Net Features:

  1. Stainless steel net.
  2. Regulation height net extends 4” below table surface   for added strength.
  3. Net Secured to concrete at nine locations.
  4. Net 1/4” thick
  5. Gusseted stainless steel end supports for added strength
  6. Tamper resistant assembly screws. Stainless Steel

Playing ping pong outdoors

Children and adults can play ping pong outdoors.

Having fun playing ping pong

Grand opening event at newly renovated Dwyer Park

Outdoor ping pong/tennis table

Concrete ping pong table with steel base. Shown with terra cotta color table top.

Concrete ping pong table

Ping pong table at beautiful Dwyer Park, Winnetka, IL

Concrete Ping pong table with steel base.

Ping pong table shown at Dwyer park.

Special color concrete cornhole boards

Bag toss sets, B.Y.O.Bags shown on site.  

Concrete cornhole boards shown at a park in Winnetka, IL

Cornhole boards shown at the newly renovated Dwyer Park.

Permanent cornhole boards for parks

Concrete bag toss cornhole sets at Dwyer Park, Winnetka, IL




By |September 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Custom Concrete Bench Seating

Custom Benches

At Doty & Sons Concrete Products, Inc. we manufacture both standard and custom products.  Recently we were awarded a contract from W.E. O’Neil Construction to manufacture custom bench/seating for a project in Chicago, IL. The design called for concrete seats with custom steel support frames. The project design consisted of 20 feet of straight seating in one section. Another section was 12 feet of seating, transitioning into 23 feet of curved seating.  The curved seat matched the arc of the existing wall.

The concrete seats were cast using a custom concrete mix.  The seats were polished and than sealed for a semi-gloss concrete sealer.  The steel brackets were custom fit so that the seat would be level in relation to the changing grade below.  On site field measuring was required to assure a proper fit.  The steel brackets were hot dipped galvanized for long term corrosion resistance.

Call or email if you bidding a custom project.  We can manufacture products based on drawings provided or on conceptual plans.  Products can be made using standard and custom concrete mixes.  We also offer a complete line of products on our web site.

Concrete bench custom made

Custom concrete bench with steel support brackets.

Concrete Bench with steel supports

Custom concrete benches with steel supports. Shown at 300 South Riverside, Chicago, IL

By |August 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|