All playground safety surfacing systems should be considered according to their merits. At each stage of selection, specification, acquisition, installation, maintenance, and repair, there are costs that should be balanced with the advantages and disadvantages of each surface system. You will find detractors and opponents to every system – often based on an isolated negative experience or biased towards a personal preference. In some instances, that personal bias may be justifiable – e.g. a parent of a child in a non-motorized wheelchair will discount any loose fill material as being acceptable; or a parent with a stroller will view sand or pea gravel as completely inaccessible.
At Habitat, we have installed literally hundreds of playgrounds all over BC in the last 20 years. We are not a surfacing manufacturer, so our analysis of each safety surfacing system is based on our extensive experience in the field and through the eyes of safety, longevity and overall value to the client. We appreciate that economic factors often heavily drive the process – but with over 80% of injuries on playgrounds coming because of inadequate safety surfacing – it is a worthwhile exercise to re-evaluate the important you place on this aspect of your playground.