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Surfacing Companies: "The Minimum Test"

I know it is sometimes tough to locate a qualified safety surfacing provider.
When selecting a full service playground environment provider, be sure that they meet
“The Minimum Test”:

Company Length of Service 15-20 yearsIPEMA Certified (Int. Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association)Factory Direct InstallationASTM 1292-04 (Impact Attenuation)ASTM F-1951 (Wheel Chair Accessibility)GSA Approved (General Services Administration)ASTM E-108 (Fire: Pass a Class A)Combined Staff Experience of 82 yearsComputerized Inventory & State of the Art Field EquipmentCertified Playground Equipment / Surfacing Inspectors on Staff (CPSI)Leading Website: Product ChoicesReferences: Min. 50 State Licensed for General & Specialty Product FlooringGeneral Liability, Workers’ Comp & Auto Insurance of Min. $2,000,000 - $5,000,000 in CoverageBonding of at Least $750,000Extensive Literature & Specifications to minimize the approval process5-Year Warran…

Loose Fill & Poured-In-Place, Bad Mix and Budget Inequality

I visited Cachuma Lake, California over the weekend camping with family and decided to take in some sights and walk off the camping food I had been eating all day.

I came across a beautiful playground with a nicely designed shade structure that was incorporated in the unit.

When I got a bit closer I noticed that the unit used two safety surfacing elements. One was the Poured-In-Place type to meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and the other was a Wood Mulch that apparently was to meet budget concerns.

The play structure had synthetic Poured-In-Place surfacing around the unit to meet the need of Critical Fall Height (Head Injury Criteria) then sloped to blend into the Wood Mulch. The Wood Mulch continued the safety surface (Inexpensively) to create a surface that would meet the fall heights standards.

In theory, this is a way to cut the budget and try to provide an adequate play surface for this very large play structure and maximize the play area.

However, this is my view…

I under…