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Playground Safety Surfacing

Safety Surfacing for Outdoor Play Areas

Proper safety surfacing is critical to ensure that your outdoor play area is safe and accessible for children of all ages and abilities. There are a variety of safety surfaces that you can install beneath your playground that will provide a soft landing and prevent injury. While Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF) has become standard practice for playground safety surfacing, there are other unitary surface options such as Poured-in-Place (PIP) that bring additional benefits. Parkreation offers a full range of safety surfacing options that meet all the required standards while also adding color and style to your play area!

For quotes and pricing information, please contact Parkreation.

Check Out Some of Our Surfacing Projects!

Sea Lion Aquatic Park

1825 Short St. Lisle, IL 60532

Bernard Horwich JCC Center

3003 W Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60645

Winnemac Park

5100 N Leavitt St. Chicago, IL 60625

Somonauk Park

236 Sangamon St. Park Forest, IL 60466

George Washington Carver Elementary School

901 E 133rd Pl, Chicago, IL 60827

95th Street Community Plaza

3109 Cedar Glade Dr. Naperville, IL 60564

John J. Pershing Elementary School

3200 S Calumet Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Kendall Coyne Dream Big Park

8140 Misty Meadow Dr. Palos Heights, IL 60463

Bellaboos Discovery Center

2800 Colorado St. Lake Station, IN 46405

Birchwood Park

7201 Bayberry Ln, Darien, IL 60561

Parkview Elementary

1405 Wood St. Valparaiso, IN 46383

Memorial Park

130 E Ullen Dr. Lebanon, IN 46052

Christopher Rudzinski Memorial Park

401 W Grove Ave, Rantoul, IL 61866

Jaycee Park

889 Brantwood Ave, Elk Grove, IL 60007

Seneca Park

220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Ken Bird Park

1807 Deerhaven Dr. Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Green Lake Park

1101 Green Knolls Dr. Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Clarkson Park

1950 New Willow Rd. Northfield, IL 60093

Ladd Park

556 Coventry Ln, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Keller Park

319 Pine St. Deerfield, IL 60015

Thomas Jefferson School

1700 Roosevelt Rd. Valparaiso, IN 46383

Hilltop Park

700 Kruk St. Lemont, IL 60439

Lisle Elementary

5801 Westview Ln, Lisle, IL 60532

Langdon Park

1330 Sheridan Rd. Wilmette, IL 60091

Bremen Heights

14421 Kilbourn Ave, Midlothian, IL 60445

Luther Burbank Elementary School

8235 Linder Ave, Burbank, IL 60459

Munroe Park

2617 W 105th St Chicago, IL 60655

Holmes Junior High

1900 W Lonnquist Blvd, Mt Prospect, IL 60056

Learn More About Our Safety Surfacing Product Lines!

Pro-Techs Surfacing

Poured-In-Place Rubber and Artifical Turf

Pro-Techs Surfacing, LLC offers quality poured-in-place rubber and artifical turf options for playgrounds, athletic fields, and other outdoor recreation areas. Our team specializes in custom graphics, bringing vibrant designs and imaginative play opportunities to your playground.


Heavy Duty Surfacing for High Traffic Spaces

Rubberecycle poured-in-place surfacing utilizes a thicker top course and loose rubber base layer to provide a highly durable safety surface that is immune to tearing. Best used on high traffic playgrounds such as public parks and schools.

Fibar Safety Surfacing

The Standard in Engineered Wood Fiber

The Fibar Group, LLC, has grown to be one of the leading suppliers of engineered wood fiber for outdoor surfaces, with over 75,000 installations in North America. Fibar is our best option for an affordable surfacing in your play area, dog park, or equestrian facility.

Popular Surfacing Applications

Square Rectangles - Shade Systems


Hexagons and Octagons - Shade Systems

Outdoor Fitness

Mega Spans - Shade Systems

Splash Pads

Tornado - Shade Systems

Artifical Turf

Safety Surfacing FAQs

What is PIP?

Poured in Place (PIP) is a unitary safety surfacing that is used for playgrounds, water parks, dog parks,�sports�and�fitness�facilities, and many diverse applications. Poured in Place is mixed and poured on-site in two layers using clean recycled rubber for the impact-absorbing cushion layer and recycled or virgin rubber manufactured specifically for the decorative wear layer.

It is a visually attractive, versatile, durable, and nonslip surfacing that minimizes the impact of falls to the surface and allows for ease of travel to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines.�With many colors available, Poured in Place rubber offers the designer of the area endless options to incorporate school colors and mascots, outline�games�into the surface, and create themes with intricately-designed murals.

How much does PIP cost?

There are several important factors that determine how much it costs to install poured-in-place rubber in your play area.

Size of Area: The cost per square foot will vary depending on quantity.

Critical Fall Height: Taller playground equipment requires more material.

Colors: Premium color options are offered at an additional cost.

Custom Designs: Wet seam graphics are a great way to add theme to your play space. Prices for graphics vary on size, colors, quantity and complexity.

Contact Parkreation today for a price quote on your play area!

What are the advantages of PIP safety surfacing?

Unitary surfacing such as poured-in-place rubber is a popular option for playgrounds and other outdoor play areas. Here are some of the advantages of using poured-in-place rubber surfacing on a playground:

Safety: Poured-in-place rubber surfacing is a safe option for playgrounds because it creates a cushioned surface that can help reduce the risk of injury from falls. It provides a stable and slip-resistant surface, which can help prevent accidents.

Durability: Poured-in-place rubber surfacing is durable and can last for many years with proper maintenance. It is resistant to wear and tear, weather, and other environmental factors, making it an ideal option for outdoor play areas.

Customizable: Poured-in-place rubber surfacing can be customized to fit any playground layout or design. It comes in a variety of colors, textures, and thicknesses, allowing for a unique and aesthetically pleasing play area.

Accessibility: Poured-in-place rubber surfacing is accessible to children with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs or mobility devices. It provides a smooth surface that allows for easy movement.

What is EWF

Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF) is an economical playground surfacing that is used on the majority of playgrounds in the United States. It has high impact absorbing qualities that when properly installed also offers a firm, slip resistant surface that meets accessibility guidelines.

Made of processed wood that is ground to a fibrous consistency randomly sized typically to not over 2� in length, Engineered Wood Fiber is typically free of hazardous substances and twig and leaf material.�Unlike wood mulch, EWF is made from the wood inside the tree, not using the bark. The small fiber pieces do not have sharp edges and splinters are not a problem.�The natural wood is engineered to knit together and form a surface soft enough to cushion falls and also firm enough for wheelchairs to navigate the playground.

What are the disadvantages of EWF safety surfacing?

Engineered wood fiber (EWF) is a popular option for playground safety surfaces, but it also has some disadvantages to consider.

Maintenance: EWF requires regular maintenance to keep it clean and free of debris. It may require occasional topping up to maintain the desired depth for safety purposes.

Weathering: EWF can be susceptible to weathering and can deteriorate over time due to exposure to the elements, particularly heavy rainfall and wind.

Attraction of Pests: EWF can attract pests such as insects and rodents, particularly if the wood fibers are not treated with the appropriate chemicals.

Depth: EWF requires a specific depth to ensure safety, which can be challenging to maintain over time, especially in high-use areas.

Additional Surfacing Information

Parkreation is proud to offer the best playground safety surfacing solutions�in Illinois and Indiana.

Our manufacturers have solutions for outdoor areas of all scales, from small private daycares to large commercial playground developments. Our customers include public and private schools, amusement parks and zoos, park districts and homeowners associations. We have safety surfacing solutions for them all!

For quotes and pricing information, please contact Parkreation.

Contact Us to Get Started!

Illinois Office

1-847-419-7744 |

27 E. Palatine Rd. Prospect Heights, IL 60070

Indiana Office

1-219-477-1842 |

204 Leeds Dr. Valparaiso, IN 46383

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