|Re:play area surface||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 12:02:01 -0700 (MST)|
I respond as a former preschool teacher (8 years). I have no experience of the ground up tire stuff, though I am not surprised that it leaves black marks, and wonder what chemical effect it has. Bark chips are not ideal: they need replenishment fairly often, hold moisture, and mainly, cause splinters. Pea gravel is a fair compromise. It was used on two playgrounds I used daily for some years. This is not "crushed rock", which is angular (and thus what you'd choose for a path, since it packs well). Pea gravel is more rounded, with the result that it smooshes when stepped on. It doesn't migrate much if you define the edges of the area with RR ties or a concrete curb or such. It does give, making it a legally acceptable fall zone, for insurance purposes, if supplied at the recommended depth. A side benefit is that it can be used for digging. It's nowhere near as attractive for children as sand, in that regard, but neither does it attract cat deposits, create slippery tracking outside the area, or get very wet. It works well enough that kids will shovel it into buckets, or play in it with toy bulldozers and trucks. (If you have a lot of young children using your play area, you might consider investing in, or creating, a sand/water play table, typically waist high for the children, and about 4" deep, which can be covered, and fairly easily emptied. Preschool equipment catalogues always have some. A simple variant could be made using standard plastic dishpans, supported on a wooden frame.) I don't have the fall-zone requirements on hand, but play equipment manufacturers, for public-use/ school equipment, will define both area and depth. Lynn Nadeau, RoseWind Cohousing Port Townsend Washington (Victorian seaport, music, art, nature) http://www.rosewind.org http://www.ptguide.com _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
- Re: play area surface, (continued)
- Re: Play area surface Timothy Clark, January 15 2002
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