BEARS COMMERCIAL PLAYGROUNDS

BEARS HOME USE PLAYGROUNDS

BEARS PLAYGROUNDS SAFETY SURFACING OPTIONS

BEARS PLAYGROUNDS INDEPENDENT PLAY & ACCESSORIES

Construction Features

Financing

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Wooden Playground Mulch

Our Wood Playground Mulch (engineered wood fiber) is third party certified, and meets the ADA, ASTM, CPSC and CSA standards for playground surfacing.

Our Wood Playground Mulch (engineered wood fiber) is a 100% natural product and contains no chemicals or artificial ingredients. It is made from recently harvested and debarked North American wood, free of soils, leaves, twigs and other contaminates which hasten decomposition. Chips are randomly sized and contain no waste wood or pallets (which could contain spilled chemicals, paint, metal, or wood preservatives). We utilize fresh wood that cannot be made into lumber. This product is a perfect compliment to a natural playground.

Guidelines for public playgrounds recommend a minimum of 9" (after compaction) for play equipment under 4', and 12" (after compaction) for play equipment over 4'. Natural compaction will occur in 2-6 weeks. Compaction must occur to meet ADA.

Link to IPEMA Certification

Our most popular Safety Surfacing Systems consist of four parts:

1) Barrier Cloth: Barrier Cloth provides separation between the ground and the surfacing product which helps keep them from intermixing, helps retard soil movement and reduces growth in the area.

2) Playground Borders: Borders are typically installed above grade to help contain loose fill surfacing materials. Borders can be arranged in an organic, free from shape or in a rectangle. (Some customers, usually those in wooded or natural settings will taper their wooden playground mulch down to grade, without the use of borders.)

3) Certified Wooden Playground Mulch.

4) Installation: Each project is quoted separately based upon the size of the area, the products chosen, depth of the surfacing and installation factors like access to the area by truck and trailer. We also offer below grade systems, drainage and interlocking unitary Rubber Tile pavers which are installed over a hard surface like concrete or asphalt.

 

The Safety Surfacing Install Process

The images below illustrate a typical safety surfacing install with one of our cedar log playgrounds. The process varies slightly from when we install our commercial steel playgrounds. It is most common for us to do the safety surfacing install in conjunction with the playground install. However it is also possible for us to add the safety surfacing after the playground installation. (See the Safety Surfacing Installation page for more information.)

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

1. Barrier Cloth over existing lawn is most common. (Lawn and earth can also be excavated and drainage stone / drainage tile can be installed after excavation.) Excavation and drainage adds a great deal to the cost. It is usually best to choose a location that is reasonably dry and well drained to begin with.

2. Borders are used to contain the mulch (some natural settings allow us to taper the mulch down to grade eliminating the need for containment borders. See photo below) There are several choices available for containment borders.

3. Install certified playground mulch under and around the playground.

 

 

 

The photo at right shows wooden playground mulch heaped under and around a playground, over only a small piece of barrier cloth, then tapered off to grade outside the use zone with no containment borders.

 

 

 

 

Approximate only after compression
2"
3"
6"
8"
9"
12"
Fall Height
 
top off only
 
8'
 
12'
sf x _______ = yards
.0079
.012
.025
.033
.037
.05
Square feet per yard
120
80
40
33.2
35
20
             
Weed barrier per sq. ft.
           
Plastic borders
(see options)
           
Delivery/Shipping
Small Local Delivery: delivery is available locally by 20 cubic yard dump trailer and or 10 cubic yard dump truck.

Regional, National and Large Bulk deliveries are available from or regional centers around the country, and arrive by tractor trailer. Usually walking floor trucks.
Installation
Separate from the delivery charge. Access to the site by truck and trailer saves you money.