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Play & Sport Surfaces

Play & Sport Surfaces

All about Play & Sport Surfaces

When creating a safe, outdoor play area for children, the play area surface is of utmost important.

Kids will be kids and the occasional accident in playgrounds and play areas is unavoidable. What you can do, is reduce the severity of accidents by installing a cushioned surface.

Cushioned playground surfaces absorb the shock of a fall and drastically reduce the severity of falls and any resulting injuries.  

At Decorative Gardens we supply a range of cost-effective products suited to cushioning falls in playgrounds and other play areas including sand, play bark and rubber chippings.

Where to place cushioned surfacing

Cushioned surfaces should be placed wherever there is a ‘fall zone’; i.e. underneath equipment from which a child could potentially fall. Standard recommendations advise covering no less than 6 feet of the full diameter of the fall zone with a cushioned surface.

Tall equipment such as slides and swings require additional cushioning. For slides, add 4’ of cushioning onto the height of the slide. For example, cushioning for a 10’ slide should extend to 14’.

For swings, the cushioning should extend to twice the height of the swing.

Need more advice on selecting a suitable play area surface? Just give our team a call on 0114 437 2145 or send your question in an email to sales@decorativegardens.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help.