March 2, 2021

What are your kids playing on? Why Durham will replace this park’s rubber mulch

East Durham Park

DURHAM- The shredded tire mulch in East Durham Park will be replaced after parent concerns about potential health hazards.

While city staff members had been waiting on an Environmental Protection Agency study, the Durham City Council decided to go ahead and replace it.

Council member DeDreana Freeman has led the effort to remove the tire rubber mulch from the playground on East Main Street and replace it with engineered wood fiber. The council has been discussing it off and on for months as they responded to complaints that materials and chemicals in tires could be hazardous to children.

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