Immanuel Lutheran School – Batavia, IL
Remove Woodchip Playground Surface for Safer Poured Rubber
Immanuel Lutheran School in Batavia, Illinois, needed to remove woodchip playground surface and replace its playground surface. They decided to replace the woodchips with a poured rubber playground surface that was both safer and (Americans with Disabilities Act) ADA compliant. The playground was located in a small courtyard area underneath play equipment in the corner of a larger space. Woodchips were used as the existing surface. While these are often cheaper initially, they tend to cost more in the long-run. Woodchips are also not ADA compliant and not safe for all children. Read our article about playground woodchips.
The adventureTURF playground safety surface experts started the project by first removing the woodchip surface. Then we leveled and prepared the ground for poured in place rubber surface according to required fall safety heights. Fall safety heights are mostly determined by the play equipment. Literally: how high is the equipment that a child could fall from? You can learn more about fall safety on playgrounds from the National Safety Council. The result for Immanuel Lutheran School is a nice surface for the children that is both beautiful and safe to play on.
See also photos of a similar project in Washington, DC.