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Synthetic Turf Playgrounds – Why Parks & Schools Are Making The Change

Sep 4, 20190 comments

Less mess, lower maintenance and improved fall protection make synthetic turf surfaces an ideal option.

When Gotsch Intermediate School in Affton, Missouri made the decision to retrofit their playground with synthetic turf installed by the Sports Division of Byrne & Jones Construction, there were plenty of reasons for making the switch from mulch to turf.

Wood mulch has a tendency to get everywhere – in clothes and shoes and often spread outside of the play area and even brought into homes and schools – all while managing to not stay in the high traffic areas where it’s needed most.

Still, mulch was seen as a better alternative than grass and was definitely preferred over pea gravel, engineered mulch or old, poured in place rubber tiles. But now, more parks departments and school districts are discovering the many benefits of retrofitting their existing playgrounds with synthetic turf

Unlike mulch, once a synthetic turf is installed, there’s no need for continuous maintenance. There’s no more mess with wood chips being scattered about and the need to continue to add more mulch throughout the year is completely eliminated. More important, shock pads can be installed underneath the turf in key areas to provide added cushioning to meet critical fall height. With synthetic turf, you get a cleaner, more visually appealing and safer surface for children to play upon

Being a turf-neutral installer, we have no particular allegiance to any one manufacturer. Our only goal is to find the right synthetic turf solution for your particular playground. (For this job, we used Byrne & Jones Playground Turf from our new line of Byrne & Jones Synthetic Landscape Turf.) The whole installation process can be performed within weeks and when you factor in long-term maintenance costs, is actually a more affordable alternative.

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