There are many questions that come up when designing a playground surface. What does it cost? Is it safe? Is it accessible? How does it affect the person using the playground? To select a suitable surface you must look at what is its purpose and does it suit the needs of the child.
Soft-fall safety surfacing provides an impact absorbing layer to help reduce the severity of injury. The most common soft-fall surface we find in playgrounds today is sand. Sand is versatile and a sandpit can be utilised as play material as well as protecting children from injury if they fall. Sand is usually the most economical option for a soft-fall material but is also good for use in high temperature areas where the sun would wear out other substances.
Bark is another soft-fall alternative that is very popular and is not as ‘messy’ as sand underfoot. A problem with bark is that it has a tendancy to rot over time and needs to be replaced. An alternative to bark, that has lower allergies and minimal dust and fade, is Takura Soft-fall.
Rubber flooring is another soft-fall surface that comes in multiple colours and can be very eye-catching. The cost for rubber flooring can be quite expensive as you need to vary the thickness of the rubber depending on the fall height. For example a fall height of 1.2m requires a soft-fall thickness of 40mm. Combined with rubber pads synthetic grass is also a suitable soft-fall surface. All soft-fall safety surfacing must adhere to Australian Standards 4685-2014.
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