Planning, purchasing and protecting your surfacing
If a playground is in your future, choosing the right surfacing can maximize your budget, reduce maintenance, provide longevity, and even add play value. In aquatic environments, it can beautify the space while helping prevent inadvertent slipping on the wet pool or splash park deck. In recreation spaces, there are surfaces that can add aesthetic value while reducing maintenance. There are even anti-microbial surfaces that promote drainage, which are especially beneficial in dog parks.
Strong Foundations™ is a guidebook that educates on how to properly plan for, purchase, and protect surfacing, to ensure years of enjoyable use by communities. Research supports the developmental benefits of playgrounds, and the book focuses mainly on this topic. By exploring the many options in playground surfacing, this guidebook provides valuable tools to help playground owners increase the play value and functionality of their play space. In addition, a new section on aquatic surfacing promotes the type of surface that can be used in, and are beneficial for, water park, pool, and other wet play environments.
Some of the topics included in this guidebook are:
- Surfacing standards
- Types of surfacing
- Planning, purchasing & protecting
- Installation & maintenance
- Inspection checklists