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!
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Sea Lion Aquatic Park
1825 Short St. Lisle, IL 60532
Bernard Horwich JCC Center
3003 W Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
5100 N Leavitt St. Chicago, IL 60625
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
7201 Bayberry Ln, Darien, IL 60561
1405 Wood St. Valparaiso, IN 46383
130 E Ullen Dr. Lebanon, IN 46052
Christopher Rudzinski Memorial Park
401 W Grove Ave, Rantoul, IL 61866
889 Brantwood Ave, Elk Grove, IL 60007
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
1950 New Willow Rd. Northfield, IL 60093
556 Coventry Ln, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
319 Pine St. Deerfield, IL 60015
Thomas Jefferson School
1700 Roosevelt Rd. Valparaiso, IN 46383
700 Kruk St. Lemont, IL 60439
5801 Westview Ln, Lisle, IL 60532
1330 Sheridan Rd. Wilmette, IL 60091
14421 Kilbourn Ave, Midlothian, IL 60445
Luther Burbank Elementary School
8235 Linder Ave, Burbank, IL 60459
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!
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
Safety Surfacing FAQs
What is PIP?
Poured in Place (PIP) is a unitary safety surfacing that is used for playgrounds, water parks, dog parks,ï¿½sportsï¿½andï¿½fitnessï¿½facilities, 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.ï¿½With many colors available, Poured in Place rubber offers the designer of the area endless options to incorporate school colors and mascots, outlineï¿½gamesï¿½into 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 2ï¿½ in length, Engineered Wood Fiber is typically free of hazardous substances and twig and leaf material.ï¿½Unlike 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.ï¿½The 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 solutionsï¿½in 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!
- Standard Poured-In-Place
- 0.5″ Top Cap EPDM
- Variable Fall Heights
- Custom Graphic Designs
- Heavy Duty Poured-In-Place
- 1.5″ Top Cap EPDM
- Standard 12′ Fall Height
- Standard Ribbon Designs
- Engineered Wood Fiber
- 9″ Minimum Depth
- Variable Fall Heights
- No Designs