Strategies For Reducing Playground Maintenance

Blog entry by Duke Mazzello posted 04-17-2013 03:16 PM 9028 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Children need open places to play, but a few structures and features can help them stay busy and get active. Since park playgrounds in large cities can be visited by hundreds of children each day, it’s crucial to streamline the maintenance process. Choosing the right materials and fixtures for the area will reduce the need for repairs or detailed cleaning work. This reduces labor and material costs over the life of the playground.

Sealed Components

Swings, carousels, and other toys that spin or rotate usually need periodical oiling. Failing to clean and lubricate joints between fixtures will lead to loud squeals and screams, which are followed with serious wear and tear. Open rollers and joints allow dust to get into the fixture and create friction. Look for features with sealed components for effortless maintenance and fewer noisy interruptions.

Vandalism Prevention

While you may have designed your park for children ages 12 and under, it may attract teenagers looking for a little mischief. Choosing play structures made from durable and smooth resin panels ensures that you can remove spray paint, marker ink, and other messes as quickly as possible. A maintenance team shouldn’t have to spend hours scraping off gum or pressure washing the structures to remove obscenities. Look for swings and play platforms that have sealed connectors and are anchored to the ground to prevent serious damage.

Better Mulch

Wood chips are the most common choice for ground coverings in play areas. They are inexpensive and easy to replace However, they break down fairly quickly and make quite a mess when scattered by running feet. The soft chunks of bulk rubber mulch will provide a cushioning surface while staying in place better than bark or wood options. This type of mulch is also easier to clean. A leaf blower or wide toothed rake can capture debris while leaving the rest of the material in place, and a water hose can wash away any spills.

Easy Cleaning

It’s easy for colds and bacterial infections to spread when kids who aren’t showing symptoms all play on the same outdoor equipment. Allowing dirt and debris to build up in seams between platforms and pieces also leads to infection if a child has a cut or scrape from play. Many modern pieces of equipment are designed with minimal seams and open floors to allow for dirt and debris to be rinsed away. Adding a quick rinse of the equipment at the end of the day won’t increase your labor costs greatly, and it could help protect the public health of both children and adults in your town.

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posted 09-08-2020 08:25 AM

It is really hard to maintain such a huge area. visit this page Here are some tips which make it very easy for you to reduce the cost of maintenance of the playground. With this, I hope many of them can reduce the hectic problems with it.

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