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Address Safety and Water Usage with Commercial Grade Playground Turf

Upgrading to commercial grade playground turf can address two important issues: child safety and water usage. If you have ever seen a child fall from a jungle gym, you know that having a soft-landing zone is vital. Replacing concrete or real grass with turf and padding will not only lead to grateful parents but also children with fewer injuries. Consequently, fewer injuries mean less liability issues for counties and cities. Another bonus is that commercial grade playground turf doesn’t need water, so you can do your part in saving this natural resource. 

If you think faux grass doesn’t look great, think again! Check out the new turf and padding that Watersavers offers; you won’t believe how far it has come! It’s thick, lush, and looks so real you may have to touch it to make sure it’s not. Our products not only add to the safety of outdoor kid spaces, but they also make them beautiful. Additionally, all of our commercial products come with a 10-year warranty. 

Playground Safety and Playground PaddingSafe Kids are Happy Kids

Commercial grade playground turf or sports field turf installations need to meet GMax Shock Attenuation Testing requirements. The most common way to meet these requirements is to use crumb rubber. Unfortunately, crumb rubber is made up of old, used tires, and contains lead. Since crumb rubber is a health issue, we do not carry this material. However, we do have a better solution! 

We offer a variety of lawn pads that have GMax ratings. When you use them in combination with infill, you can reach the desired level of shock absorption. Our lawn pads come in ¾”, 1 1/8”, and 2 1/8” thickness. Our synthetic turf products are tested by TSI, Dalton, Georgia. 

Turf padding means kids will have a much softer fall compared to real grass or concrete. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 200,000 kids end up in the ER annually from outdoor play area injuries. Nearly all of the accidents are due to falls from swings, climbers, and slides. Just think of how many of these injuries could be avoided with commercial grade playground turf! 

We can provide Certificates of Analysis upon request. Contact us for more information, or for GMax ratings on the padding. 

The Lead Up to Commercial Grade Playground Turf 

Before we get into the details about playground landscaping, let’s take a look at the history of these play areas. If you have a child—or even if you don’t—chances are you have spent some time on a playground. These are great places for kids to gain social skills while they play. 

Can you believe these play spaces really didn’t exist until the mid-1850s? Germany claims it had the idea for the first outdoor play space, but the early ones were just areas connected to schools. The first actual public one was built in Manchester, England in 1859. The idea was to create a space where kids could learn to play nicely, thus setting the stage for being adults. 

Almost 40 years after Manchester built its first play zone, the United States started creating these spaces as well. The new areas were places for urban kids to play safely without the threat of traffic. In 1887, the first outdoor play space opened in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. In 1903, the feds started building play zones for poor children, and formed the Playground Association of America in 1906. During the 1960s, there was a boom in outdoor play spaces. By the 1980s, there were plenty of lawsuits against the builders due to child injuries. This was the time when safety rules finally came into play. 

Outdoor play spaces have also come a long way and feature playground landscaping that makes them akin to backyards! In addition, commercial grade playground turf makes a play area safe and aesthetically pleasing. 

Playground MaterialsWhy Buy From Us?

We offer a variety of turf products that are great for public play spaces. We can give you free 1’ x 1’ samples so you can get a good sense of the quality, feel, and look of our product. All of the commercial grade playground turf offered at Watersavers is lead-free and non-toxic. If you’re looking for synthetic grass, turf padding, or faux lawn accessories, we have all you need to make a space beautiful, safe, and fun. Call us at 844-974-8873 or fill out our contact form to get more information.