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Choosing Playground and Park Surfacing
Playground surfacing materials vary widely in terms of safety, accessibility, cost, and required maintenance so it’s important to understand what’s available and the advantages and disadvantages of each. The best surfacing solution for your playground will meet your unique objectives and create a space that is fun, safe and beautiful for years to come.
Below are several playground surfacing options to consider along with some general advantages and disadvantages of each.
Engineered wood fiber (EWF), playground sand, wood chips and pea gravel are considered loose-fill material.
- This option has the least expensive upfront costs and is easy to install. Also, it shifts and moves on impact protecting long bone injuries from falls.
- However, loose-fill material requires more maintenance to maintain the appropriate depth for Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) guidelines and aren’t as easy for children and parents who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices to navigate. They can also be more limiting from a design standpoint.
- If selecting EWF, be sure to request documentation from the manufacturer showing the source of the product and ADA accessibility testing results.
Such playground safety tiles are mainly used for wheelchair access paths and high wear areas because of cost considerations.
- Factory-engineered tile materials can provide a guaranteed critical fall height value and require little maintenance. They are also easily replaceable and come in a variety of color options.
- The tiles can be either interlocking or adhesive.
Synthetic turf gives a more natural appearance and texture than other manufactured rubber surfacing options.
- It maintains cooler surface temperatures and is available in a variety of color and densities. Many synthetic turf surfaces meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) requirements for fall height and accessibility from the ADA. Even more, turf requires less maintenance than loose-fill material and will fit mid-range budgets.
Poured-in-place rubberized surfacing is durable, highly elastic to prevent injuries and a great option for high-use areas.
- It is also available in a wide variety of colors and shapes and can be embedded with designs.
- These surfaces often have more upfront costs, but require significantly less maintenance than other playground surfacing options.
Bond-in-place surfacing like our patented PebbleFlex® system is a durable playground safety surfacing option with its lifespan extending beyond many traditional pour-in-place surfaces.
- It is comprised of engineered pebbles chemically bonded together with an added cushioned layer of recycled rubber, is easy to maintain, is UV resistant and withstands climate variations.
- It also meets all safety and accessibility standards and is easy to customize designs or patterns.
- U.S. Patent number 8,962,750.
Water Play Surfacing
AquaFlex®, a Landscape Structures product provided by Surface America, is a durable, chlorine-resistant, UV light stable choice for a water play environment.
- This bond-in-place surfacing is the only water play surfacing choice available in a porous and non-porous option that can be used indoors or out.