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 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 uniform surfaces like rubber tiles, and pour-in-place surfacing help keep playground tumbles from becoming serious injuries. They meet all ADA guidelines and CPSC guidelines for shock absorption.
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 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.
will help you determine the type and quantity of surfacing you'll need to make your playground safe and accessible.