September 26, 2020

Play Safety

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The Growing Cost of Inclusive Playgrounds

A simple idea with profound implications – build a playground where children of all abilities can participate. A place where adventure awaits any that enter. Imaginations free to explore, and not a single child left to potential ridicule for not being physically or mentally able to play. An inclusive playground. What could ever be wrong […]

Your Official Guide to Backyard Climbing Walls

These days, most kids do not spend a lot of time outdoors. Who can blame them? Watching TV and playing video games inside are fun! However, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity to keep kids happy and healthy. One way to get your kids moving is […]

Liability claims hit playground manufacturers hard after injuries

Whenever one of almost 200,000 playground injuries occur in the U.S. each year, legal consequences for playground owners are common. But as injuries on outdated or poorly built playgrounds continue, municipalities are shifting blame to the manufacturers of the playground’s equipment. That means manufacturers, often legally shielded from playground accident claims by contracts with their […]

Playground monkey bars with skyline in background

Are suburban playgrounds safer for your kids? Not so fast

For many parents, open play spaces in the suburbs may seem like a safer alternative to the bustle and perceived crime in urban neighborhoods. But according to recent studies, urban playgrounds may have bridged the safety gap for children and surpassed their suburban counterparts in terms of availability and community engagement. In fact, well-built playgrounds […]

Mulch ado about nothing?

APPLE VALLEY — A Public Works project that installed rubber mulch in playgrounds at five town parks has come under the scrutiny of resident Kerry Henard, who questioned the town’s use of the product after he saw a Proposition 65 warning on shipping documents. The mulch replaced “degraded” wood chips at Mendel, Corwin, Thunderbird, Norm […]

Is tire mulch a safe covering for Los Osos playground?

A few years ago San Luis Obispo County Parks replaced the playground equipment at our one and only park here in Los Osos. When they did, they also installed 240 yards of repurposed shredded tire mulch underneath it. This black rubber material apparently meets safety standards for impact, lessening the chance of getting hurt in […]

Shredded Rubber Playground Mulch Worries Some Parents

WEST SACRAMENTO– Parents in West Sacramento worried about tire mulch at Delta Gardens Park. And in the summer heat, they’re concerned that mulch made of recycled tires could be putting their children at risk. “We’ve always wanted them to replace it,” said Cindy Huerta, who lives across the street. Read More