Factors to Consider Under Playground Equipment

by Florida Playgrounds Florida Playgrounds, Inc

Did you know that HOA playgrounds are attractive features for young families searching to purchase homes? That notwithstanding, playgrounds also serve as great places for kids and parent to socialize. If you are an estate developer, it is important for you to consider creating community playground areas to improve the attractiveness of those areas.

As kids climb, slide and swing, injuries can be inevitable. When looking at an HOA playground, it would be helpful to note that this is a common area. This therefore leaves maintenance issues to the association. The best protection from injuries and probable litigation is investing in a well maintained playground. This means looking for the right playground equipment for the community space. Here are more factors to consider.

Federal and State Regulations

When looking to develop and maintain playgrounds, nothing is as important as having a clear understanding of regulations as dictated by the local authorities, state and federal government. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is responsible for setting the standards for playground equipment. Be sure to read their Handbook for Playground Safety.

Safe Surfaces

Bearing in mind that falls account for most of the injuries sustained at playgrounds, it is imperative to think of a safe landing surface. When it comes to Hoa playground equipment, the most popular surfaces are loose rubber and wood chips. These are less costly than other options available in the market.

On the downside, these materials require high maintenance activities such as regular replenishing and raking because of the constant movement from kids. If you consider a costlier playground rubber surfacing, it will be a worthy investment since it needs less maintenance.


With all the running, climbing and jumping, it is natural for playground equipment plus surfaces to take a beating after some years. According to industry experts, the average lifespan of playground equipment is estimated to be about 15 years. For your playground rubber surfacing and other equipment to last that long, you cannot afford to compromise on maintenance.

Be sure to schedule regular maintenance programs that should be strictly observed. For instance, surface rust can result in structural failure, when not treated in the early stages. Be sure to include regular inspections of your playgrounds to be sure that safety of users is not at risk. These inspections will go a long way to help identify issues not easily detected to the common eye, but can still pose grave safety concerns. 

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