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Mulch mat to soften hard playground surfaces

Andy Ouriel • Aug 1, 2014 at 4:50 PM


Children tumbling down slides or wildly catapulting off swings on Perkins Township playgrounds can look forward to softer landings.

Dubbed “kiddie mulch,” workers from Perkins’ highway department plan on placing a special wood fiber under and around all playground equipment located at any township park featuring such furnishings.

Crews recently installed this fiber at Abernathy Park on Doerzbach Avenue and Leisure II Park on Birchwood Drive.

In total, township officials plan on spending $8,100 on this cushion-like material. The material, nationally certified as a safe surface, costs $21.50 per cubic yard.

The mulch “can reduce the possible injury to children if they fall and hit the surface under the equipment,” township highway superintendent Al Jackson said. “The improvement to the parks is to ensure the safe use of all our playground equipment for all our residents."

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