Playground Construction With Artificial Turf
Playgrounds, like so many other things, have evolved over the past few decades. Fortunately, unlike some things, they’ve improved for the better! If you were to compare yesterday’s playgrounds with this one, you would be amazed. I can remember countless times growing up in my childhood a swing and a saw saw and that’s it. When servicing these items, the wood was not sanded down to prevent splinters. Nor was it about removing the stones found just below each item. It was only used to mow the little grass that might have surrounded the equipment if it hadn’t already been trampled into submission.
Fortunately, safety was the driving force behind the planning, design and selection of the equipment that adorns our parks and courtyards today. This often starts with getting in and out of a playground with many designated paths leading into these areas. The area that was once littered with patches of grass or hard earth is often later adorned with artificial turf, but did you know why?
The artificial turf installation in a playground area is mostly installed to prevent further wear and tear on the area. It is a very durable soil surface with an expected lifespan of more than 15 years.
It keep its shape, no matter
As mentioned earlier, on high-traffic natural grass surfaces, the ground can become so worn and compacted that it feels like concrete, especially if children fall on it. Laying artificial turf keeps the surface nice and even, which reduces the risk of injury.
After installation, the floor is not only more level, which prevents falls from the outset. But artificial grass is also quite soft and has significant shock-absorbing properties. In contrast to natural grass, it is not slippery when wet and always provides a good, stable stand. It also does not contain any sharp edges in contrast to wood chips or tanbark, which in the past often adorned many playgrounds.
In the warmer months, grass can wither and die off after a long period of heat. This is not a problem for artificial turf as it looks amazingly green all year round. Newer artificial turf designs like that of also made it possible to design the lawn on real grass varieties that normally grow in the area or may be found elsewhere in the same park.
Artificial grass can be installed almost anywhere, even on walls or ceilings! This makes it easy to install around swings, bike paths, or any other place where kids want to play. It’s also resistant to water and won’t deteriorate or mold around the water so exposure to rain doesn’t affect its longevity, and it’s also a good idea to place it near water fountains.
Because of its extreme durability and respectable lifespan, a cost comparison over time makes it significantly cheaper than natural grass when you factor in the cost of irrigation, mowing, weeding, pesticides, and maintenance. The money saved could easily be used for additional equipment for the playground!
Given the importance of children going outside to play, and the benefits to their physical and mental health (possibly ours too), it is great that the well-being of our younger generations is protected from an early age. If you are considering installing a new playground near you or your back yard, then you should definitely consider using artificial grass.