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Resources

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.

Safety

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ASTM International  www.astm.org
CSA Standards (The Canadian Standards Association)  www.csa.ca
CPSA (Consumer Product Safety Commission)  www.cpsc.gov
IPEMA (International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association)  www.ipema.org
National Center on Accessibility  www.ncaonline.org


Funding

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School Grants  www.schoolgrants.org
Funding Factory  www.fundingfactory.com


Organizations

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Organizations Boundless Playgrounds  www.boundlessplaygrounds.org
Kids Around the World  www.kidsaroundtheworld.com
Kaboom  www.kaboom.org
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


Publications

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Park & Rec Business  www.parksandrecbusiness.com
Playground Magazine  www.playgroundmag.com
Recreation Management  www.recmanagement.com
Landscape Architecture  www.asla.org/nonmembers/lam.cfm
Parks & Recreation Magazine  www.nrpa.org
Landscape Architect and Speficiers News  www.landscapeonline.com

Informative articles

Making An Educated Decision on Playground Surfacing

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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.

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Maintaining the Integrity of Your Playground Surface

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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?

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Five Things You Should Know About Fall Protection Standards

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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.

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Ensuring Playground Safety

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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.

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What a SofTILE System Can Offer You

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Introducing the SofTILE® DuraSAFETM Series. The only surfacing system engineered to provide fall protection from the tops of safety barriers at no additional cost.

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