Step 1 – International Standards Addressing Playground Surfacing Compliance: Can we protect children against their own actions? I am flying back to home after two trips to Europe. These trips allowed me to follow our passion to play as an adult while observing how adults from other parts of the world provide opportunities for children’s play.
In Part 2 Step 1, we will discuss whether EN 1177 or ASTM F1292 laboratory tests are even needed and should we consider mandatory compliance field test requirement after installation of your surface system. If post installation field drop testing were to become a requirement of owner/operators prior to opening a playground to the public, maybe there should be consideration given for some form of mandatory follow-up compliance field testing at some reasonable interval throughout the life of the playground.
My recent article for Playground Magazine dealt with the materials technology of playgrounds. One of the materials I mentioned was the trend toward using more naturals such as logs, plants, and rocks, etc. I needed a good image of a playscape to illustrate this and reached out to a Linkedin group I belong to, Natural Playgrounds. In addition to a lot of images, a whole discussion ensued that was very interesting.