Twenty-five years ago, on July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the “Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Our nation committed itself to eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities. The Federal Department played a critical part in enforcing/regulating the ADA Act, geared toward providing a future in which all doors are open to fairness of opportunity, […]
It is estimated that over 200,000 children end up in emergency rooms across the United States each year as a result of playground injuries. The final count is only a guess given that the additional children whose injuries are not reported due to minor bumps, cuts, bruises, and broken bones-not to mention the countless “close […]
Water And Sand Don’t Mix!
Due to the heavy flooding and rain in the valley as of late, the concern has been the sand lots! As some drainage systems failed or the sudden down-pour of rain proved to be too much for some, the number of playgrounds underwater multiplied drastically. If your playground has experienced flooding, stagnant or slow moving […]
Supervision & Safety: Go Hand in Hand
These next few months we will focus on Adult Supervision and Safety. They say one of the keys to the safety of a child is adequate and/or adult supervision. Too many times small children visit community parks unaccompanied by an adult or left in the company of an older child. Other times, when adults have been present, […]
Spring; let’s talk about Rockers!
Because rockers are constantly in motion, spring rockers wear out and need repairs more frequently than stationary pieces or equipment. Most rockers are supported by large coiled springs that move to and fro; hence the same, “spring rockers”. Spring Rockers should be checked regularly for loose or missing hardware, cracks or breaks around hand holds, […]
There is a Cure for Summertime Blues
Don’t let your playground go without maintenance during the summer time months. Here in Arizona, as we know, the tough summer months can break down the toughest of materials and give any community and the children the “Summertime Blues” . If your HOA doesn’t have a budget for monthly service, they should consider breaking up […]
Happy and Safe Holidays
Maintaining and preserving Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF) You should maintain your playground EWF area in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations and check the following regularly: Visually inspect the entire playground area and remove all debris, trash, foreign matter, etc. Rake the EWF to keep the surface level and the thickness to the original depth. A level […]
Autumn and Playgrounds
One great thing to love about fall/autumn in Arizona is the obvious; it isn’t melting hot! The temperatures remain in the upper 70’s to mid-80’s making this ideal for outdoor enjoyment. Parks, playgrounds and outdoor activity centers become a place to hang out for children and adults alike. For this reason, we must assure […]
Don’t Scrap It…Restore It!
We see so many tot lots and ramada equipment that are in compliance and will last a long time but that are beginning to look old and faded on the steel parts. We do offer a D.T.M. professional paint process with Amerashield VOC paint for play equipment including picnic tables, park benches, trash receptacles, bike […]
Repairs, Warranties and Safety Standards
It is important to remember that any equipment part that needs to be replaced or repaired has to be done so with either the manufacturer parts or the manufacturer approved parts only, including the hardware. The failure to do so or to use unauthorized parts will result in a loss of any other warranties and […]