Playground safety starts at the surface
Seventy-five percent of all playground injuries occur when kids fall on improper or poorly maintained playground surfacing. Your Playworld Systems representative can walk you through all your playground surfacing options, to ensure you choose the playground surfacing that meets your community's needs. Below are the primary options available:
Unitary playground surfacing ~ the preferred surfacing for a truly inclusive playground
Smooth, seamless, uniform surface like rubber tiles, pour-in-place surfacing, and Cushion Play®, Playworld Systems exclusive surface solution. Made entirely of recycled tires, Cushion Play is the resilient, inclusive surfacing that helps keep playground tumbles from becoming serious injuries. It meets all ADA guidelines and exceeds CPSC guidelines for shock absorption, and offers these added benefits:
- Easy to install using common tools
- Virtually maintenance-free
- Dries quickly after wet weather
- Available in four earth-tone colors
- Backed by a five-year warranty
Loose-fill playground surfacing
Materials like wood chips are cost-effective, traditional playground surfacing favorites because of their excellent shock-absorbing properties when installed and maintained at appropriate depths.
Loose-fill materials are also a great surfacing solution for non-traditional playground elements, like Origins™ Natural Playground equipment. Minimize loose-fill surface replacement costs with Border Timbers, Playworld Systems interlocking border elements that keep loose-fill materials in their place. Made from 100% recycled plastic, they won't splinter or crack like conventional wood.
Concrete or asphalt surfacing
For play activities that do not have elevated play activities, a flat, hard, stable playground surface—like concrete or asphalt—may be preferable. Playability of our LifeTrail® and ENERGI® outdoor fitness equipment, and NEOS® electronic playgrounds for example, actually improve with concrete or asphalt surfacing. Both materials provide a level surface with predictable traction, perfect for older adults and fast-paced aerobic activity.
Your will help you determine the type and quantity of surfacing you'll need to make your playground safe and accessible.