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There are a variety of industry resources that can be useful during the planning, designing and building of a new playground environment. This page includes links to several of the many resources available to assist throughout the various project phases.
Organizations Boundless Playgrounds www.boundlessplaygrounds.org
Kids Around the World www.kidsaroundtheworld.com
International Playground Contractors Association www.playground-contractors.org
US Play Coalition www.usplaycoalition.clemson.edu
American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation www.aahperd.org/aapar
Play Everyday www.playeveryday.org
The following information has been provided to give a basic overview of the main types of playground surfacing available, along with the particular advantages and limitations that are unique to each type of system. Whether you are an architect, day care owner, PTA member or playground equipment provider, this article contains the information necessary to provide you with the right tools to make an educated playground surfacing decision.
Given the cost of synthetic surfacing, combined with tight budgets, many buyers are asking themselves one key question. How can we get the maximum performance from our playground surface for the longest period of time?
Playground safety surfacing is governed by a standard called ASTM F1292. The technical name for the document is the Standard specification for impact attenuation of surfacing materials within the use zone of play- ground equipment.
With more than 200,000 kids injured on America's playgrounds every year, closeattention to playground safety is a must for any recreation facility manager or park director. Carefully selecting age-appropriate playground elements and ensuring proper supervision and maintenance are crucial steps toward protecting children from harm. And with 80 percent of injuries caused by falls to the surface, the closest scrutiny should be given to playground safety surfaces.
Introducing the SofTILE® DuraSAFETM Series. The only surfacing system engineered to provide fall protection from the tops of safety barriers at no additional cost.