Each year, more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger are treated for playground-related injuries, according to a U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission report. And, according to the Office of Technology Assessment, those injuries cost an estimated $1.2 billion. Not all injuries can be prevented. But, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is dedicated […]
As time passes, everything begins to show signs of age – there’s no avoiding it. And, while there is a certain appeal to things “antique”, the last message a playground wants to send is that it is looking “old” or “worn”. There are many factors that can account for a playground looking worn, such as: […]
It’s Spring… time to play! Unfortunately, while the playground was sitting there under Fall leaves and Winter snow it may have suffered a little bit and might not be entirely safe to play on. Before letting children on the playground, it is a good idea to give it a close inspection first.
Basic playground design information – types of equipment available, age-appropriate elements, use zones, safety surfacing options, shade structures, etc. – is easy to find online and it is relatively easy to understand. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) offers a free, downloadable Public Playground Safety Handbook. Members of a playground planning committee should definitely download […]